Sunday, 16 March 2014

She was in charge of her own destiny

I'm loving this sunny weather, it means I can get in the garden and get an early start on the Spring clean up. I hope the snow doesn't come back and bite us in the butt though!

Today I felt like a bit of drawing, so these little iddy biddy (4" x 4") canvases just needed something small and dainty on them, so I drew the house, the flowers, the mushrooms and the girl under the tree. I drew them on paper and coloured it with promarkers, then cut them out and stuck them on with gel medium.  I painted the tree directly onto the canvas, (love the way that it continues around the edge).


Here's a little walkthrough. Get 2 iddy biddy canvases and stick lots of bits of paper and washi tape on them with gel medium. (Yes even the phone book didn't escape this!)


Paint up the canvases with 3 paints, here I used, teal, white and lime green.


Edge with gold paint and stamp a text stamp with dark blue paint.


Add gesso and a bit more teal paint to knock back the harsh colour. 
Add some background stamping and some coloured texture paste through a stencil.
Then rub the edges of the canvas and the raised bits of the paste with Treasure Gold.


Here's a close up of the house with it's climbing plants and the mushrooms.


You can see the raised texture of the paste.


I always invite the edges of the canvas to the texture party :)
Here I've also used Kate Crane's amazing self made stamps (arrows).
Kate sells her handmade stamps on Etsy, but you gotta be quick, they sell out fast.  


Off to have a nice soak in the bath, we did 26,000 steps yesterday walking round Newcastle before the Russell Howard gig and now I'm aching!
Have a great week 
Michelle xx

9 comments:

Helen said...

oh wow, Michelle, these are gorgeous!! So good to see you finding time to craft a bit - hope the bath has helped ease the aching muscles and you have a good evening.

Debbie said...

Love, love, love xxx

isisimaginings.com said...

Michelle, they are stunning, really beautiful. I love the colours, textures & how you carried everything onto the sides of the canvases.

butterfly said...

Oh, how wonderful! Am completely in love with these, from the painty backgrounds, to that enchanting little house and the magnificent tree going round the corner!! An absolute delight, Michelle!
Alison xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wow wow!! So gorgeous!! LOVING that tree and the colors!!!!

christina said...

Lovely what is gel medium? Lol x

Jackie said...

They look amazing, I love your little house :o)
Jackie xx

Redanne said...

Your canvases are beautiful Michelle, I love your drawing and I love the gorgeous colours you have used too. Beautiful work. Anne xx

Caro´s kreative Welt said...

WOWWWW, so schön. Einfach klasse!

LG Carola

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