Friday, 21 December 2012

House warming canvas for my number crunching friend.

Thank goodness it's Friday! I think most people will be finishing work today and having a well deserved rest for Christmas. It feels great doesn't it?

I've made this canvas for a friend who moved away a couple of weeks ago. Her career is in numbers and her other half is just as nerdy too. The pair of them wouldn't look out of place in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. They won't mind me saying that because its a bit cool and trendy to be nerdy these days. Her other half specialises in probability mathematics hence the "probably" at the end of the quote.  I just know the pair of them are going to love it. 

I tore up some pages from a maths book, I found the ones with lots of equations on and covered the background of the canvas. I then painted over the scraps of paper with gesso, blue, yellow and green acrylic paint. I started adding layers of colour using number and pattern stencils with distress inks.

You can see the equations on the scrap paper under the letters. I like this. I've stamped numbers and texture stamps for even more layers too.  The letters are inked up Tim Holtz Grungeboard, I've used London Blue Dylusions inks and cosmic shimmers to give them a lovely deep blue colour. I've edged a few of them with some white paint, and stamped a honeycomb pattern with metallic copper acrylic paint on the letters and on the canvas. 

I used Tim Holtz flower stamp along the bottom of the canvas with yellow and orange archival ink, but I've also stamped paint too for some strong vivid colour.

It's in the post winging it's way to my friend right now.
I hope she likes it?

I'd like to wish everyone who comes passing by or leaves me a comment a very Happy Christmas.
I really appreciate you taking time out of your day to say something nice or just coming for a visit.
Thank you.

Have a great Christmas


Julia S-W said...

This is a great canvas Michelle. I'm always inspired by how you do these and the way you build up the layers works so perfectly. The depth achieved with the colours just adds to the finished piece. I'm numerically challenged so I wouldn't understand the questions in the background but the finished piece looks wonderful.

Sarah said...

and here I was thinking this was for me :P

as a fellow statistician and Big Bang Theory fan, I think it's fab, so I'm sure your friends will love it

Tinkertaylor said...

Stunning, so much going on.I bet your friends will love it. I know my maths mad son would. Have a peaceful Christmas

maj. said...

Totally stunning, such an amazing beautiful background!!!
Merry Christmas to you!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Michelle, fabulous canvas, lovely layered background. Love the lettering. Perfect gift for your friends. Have a fabulous Christmas. Tracy x

Redanne said...

You have such an inventive mind Michelle, I love the 'probably' bit, that is so much fun. Love the equations in the background - I am sure they will love it - what's not to love. You are so clever with your layering too! Hope you have a wonderful festive season. Hugs, Anne x

Gillian .... said...

Such a cool canvas Michelle, just perfect:) Hope you and yours have a wonderful christmas ... enjoy your time off. xx

patcrafts said...

Awesome, fabulous layers I'm sure your friends will love it.
Have a fab Christmas hope you get lots of crafting goodies from Santa.xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Gorgeous, Michelle. Love this and that brilliant blue tag below. Wish with all my might I could join you at AFTH!

inkypinkycraft said...

a wonderful canvas full of you style and painty mastery. I am sure it will be loved! have a great Christmas buddy!!! trace x

Evil Edna said...

beautiful and witty I really like the colours you've used on the letters.EE

SpaceSquid said...

This just arrived twenty minutes ago, Michelle, and it's awesome on a stick, with a side order of brilliant curly fries. It's going to be difficult finding a place central enough to be worthy of it. Thanks so much :)

And yes, being nerdy is very cool, but I wouldn't be allowed on Big Bang Theory because I'd show them all up. Probably.

sue said...

stunning work michelle,your friends will treasure it.
wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!
sue xx

flutterbycrafter said...

This is stunning, so many wonderful layers, they will love it xx

butterfly said...

This is completely fantastic, Michelle! Perfectly tailored to your friends - I love all the mathematical symbols in the background, and the lettering looks sensational! A truly wonderful canvas, and an amazing gift.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas... see you on the other side!
Alison xx

Sandy said...

I Love The Big Bang Theory and I love your card too. Your card also has a touch of humor which I am sure Sheldon would appreciate!!

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