Happy Tuesday! This past weekend really flew by! We had beautiful weather here and found time to spend some great time with family that we don’t see often enough. I normally do my tutorial projects on Sunday or Monday but I decided to take a week off and just enjoy a beautiful weekend and get ready for a trip I have this week. So instead of a tutorial today, I am going to spend my blogging time working on posts of some projects that I have never blogged but have been wanting to share with you. Up today, my embellished canvas from the 2014 Ranger Designer Challenge from CHA.
If you read Somerset Studios you may have seen this canvas featured in the July/August 2014 issue along with some of the other canvases from the challenge. I absolutely LOVE being a part of this challenge. I love using it as a time to challenge myself to create something different and without limits. The selected product this year was new Distress Paint colors. I loved the pale shades. They were a perfect complement to the new Wallflowers paper collection from Tim Holtz which I absolutely LOVE.
Note: Every so often I do a project and I don’t worry about keeping a supply list. I just create and enjoy and don’t worry about what I used. I am including some supplies here from memory, but I am sure I am forgetting some colors. I really want this post to be about the story and how I selected certain things to try to tell that story so I will mention some here and there, but I won’t have the usual supply list at the bottom. My memory just isn’t that good!
For my canvas, I wanted to create a piece that told a little story about me. 2012 and 2013 were really tough years for me personally. I dealt with a lot of things that were heavy and just difficult to bear. As 2014 dawned I felt like I had managed to really come through it and was emerging as a new and stronger me. I made the theme of my canvas a “Note to Self” as a reminder of coming through and emerging on the other side.
I began by painting the canvas with a combination of Picket Fence, Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage Distress Paints. I used the Speckles Layering Stencil to add Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain speckles on the canvas. I also inked the edges of the canvas also.
I wanted to keep background elements very soft, so I white washed this paper with Picket Fence Distress Paint. After the paint was dry, I used a water brush to apply ink from Distress Markers onto the floral elements.
I added Remnant Rub sentiments randomly around the canvas. I wanted to add emphasis to these two so I added an Alpha Parts arrow pointing to them. I painted the arrow with Picket Fence Distress Paint before adhering it. In January when I created this piece, the word Authentic was really heavy on my mind. I vowed that I want to make 2014 a year of authenticity in my thoughts, my actions, and in my relationships. I loved that this word was on the sheet of Remnant Rubs!
I wanted lots of different layers of papers and textures to represent some complexity and the many layers of me. There are pattern paper, kraft, embossed and painted foil, and fabric layers. I also layered lots embellishments like vintage ribbon and lace, Filmstrip Ribbon, Jute, Nature Adornments, a Plaquette, Ephemera, and die cuts. The 14 over the butterfly symbolizes that 2014 is my year to fly.
I chose to add a key and keyhole embellishment as a reminder that I have the key to unlock change.
I always like to have some element that looks as though it is holding or attaching layers to the surface so that they aren’t floating. I love using a long Game Spinner as a clip to do that. A quick bend with a pair of pliers turns it into a fun oversized clip!
One of the many layers is this faux vintage booklet. I loved the book cover image on one of the Wildflower pattern paper pieces. I wanted to create a book out of it. It was so easy to create. I cut printer paper the same height as the cover image. I cut it twice as wide as the cover image. I folded the papers in half so that the were the same size as the cover image. I stacked several layers of the copy paper pages until I had the thickness I wanted. I machine stitched through the center fold to create a binding. I adhered the cover image on the front.
I added lots of tears and curls for age and then inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I added color to the image with Distress Markers and a water brush.
Under the booklet, I added a large die cut envelope to hold the “note to self”.
The note is a stamped page of lyrics from the song This is Your Time by Superchick.
I took a piece of yellow vintage ledger paper and hand stamped the lyrics, letter by letter. Let me tell you, if you want to really think about and soak in the lyrics of a song, stamp it out in an art journal letter by letter like this. It makes “hearing” the lyrics so intentional. I absolutely love this song’s message and how it is an anthem for taking charge of your life’s direction.
After I stamped the words I added a layer of Frosted Film over the top of the paper. I burnished the surface well. I then misted the back of the paper with water. I rubbed the wet paper to remove it most of it, creating a transfer of my stamped text and the printing on the ledger paper onto the back (sticky side) of the Frosted Film.
In places I rubbed it until it was clear.
I found that the clear areas were a little hard to read so I added a light layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint onto the back of the transfer. This added nice contrast for the text.
The really fun thing about the text being coated with the Frosted Film is that it made it very durable. I was able to sew on it and it withstood lots of handling at the show.
A piece of ribbon with a button on each end connects the letter to the envelope to keep it from getting lost.
The final touch was a vintage style crinoline flower tied around the booklet with dyed Crinkle Ribbon. I used Distress Paints to dye the ribbon to create its very opaque and vintage look.
I also colored the crinoline for the flower and leaves (Jumbo Tattered Florals Die) with Distress Paint. The vintage flower stamens were originally a bright yellow but are now a soft yellow thanks to Picket Fence Distress Paint.
As a little nod to my artistic life and love of vintage, I slipped two vintage paint brushes under the flower and ribbon. How perfect that I had two in my collection that were such pretty colors that complimented the piece so perfectly!
I still smile and think about the message of this canvas every time I look at it. I love that it captures so much of the things I love and serves as a reminder to fly. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at it too!