Spring Inspiration and the Evolution of a Canvas

Today here in Australia is the first official day of Spring - with the Spring Equinox at 0.49am this morning.  Needless to say I wasn't awake to celebrate its arrival I was however inspired by Spring to create my latest canvas.


Spring is a time of new beginnings, a time of starting over.  Personally spring makes me feel revitalized, I so love getting outdoors and enjoying all that nature has to offer.  For me its a magical time of year.  It also is a bit of reminder given its also when I celebrate turning another year older that life is short and we should be living each moment and going after our dreams.


Starting with my blank canvas, I covered with a layer of acrylic primer and stuck down torn pieces of my chosen papers from Crafty Individuals Background Papers Book 1.  Leaving some black space.


I then applied some paint in similar colors to my chosen papers to fill in the gaps.  My paint colors were muted down with some white paint so that they were close to the colors of my papers.




I then applied some more paint without the white added as well as using some white gesso and my punchinella to add a little bit of texture.  Once the gesso was dry I washed some watered down paint over it so that it blended in with the rest of my canvas.


This close up shows the gesso with the washed color, some stamping simply for mark making in black archival ink, my clouds and sentiment stamped on white cardstock and glued onto the canvas were also given the color wash treatment. The girl is the "I Love you This Much' Image from Elisabeth Bell.  I have printed her on white, colored with my tria markers, cut her out and adhered to my canvas.


Some of my stamping such as the stars were stamped onto torn strips of my starting background papers and then adhered to the canvas.  Pre-made paper flowers added further texture and color.  Whilst the Butterflies were stamped and cut from some of my Shaving Foam and Dye Reinker Background Papers I made last week.  I initially stamped the Follow Your Own Star onto a piece of the background papers and stuck it on my canvas but didn't like it.  I wanted it to stand out more so I stamped it on white and gave it the color wash treatment and then stuck it over where I had placed my original one.  

All the stamped images and quotes apart from the image of the girl are from the Unity Stamp Company.  


And yes you guessed it I add to add a little bling in the way of Dew Drops from the Robin's Nest.  Pink Metallic Dew Drops highlight the quotes, turquoise dew drops highlight the butterflies whilst two clear colored dew drops add shine to the stars.  

I hope you like it and enjoy what remains of this wonderful Sunday.

I am entering this into the following challenges:-

The Artistic Stamper - September Challenge - Splatters and Speckles
Unique Crafters Challenge - September Challenge Anything Goes
Let's Create Anything But a Card - Challenge #2
Anything But a Card Challenges- #2 Texture
Fab N Funky Challenges - Challenge #139 Things with Wings

25 comments:

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! This is wonderful Danie. I love the design and those gorgeous colours.
hugs Sue

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love the colours.xxx

Kate M said...

What a fabulous project . Really enjoyed seeing how you had built it up - it's beautiful.
Kate
xx

Linda said...

WOW, WOW, WOW Danie this is amazing and thank you so very much for the step by step details on how you achieved this magnificent work of art. I LOVE IT.

Hugs
Linda xxxx

lindyloo said...

oh wow this is fantastic just love the pics showing how you have achieved it and the end result is beautiful x

Chris said...

Gorgeous canvas,love the colours and thank you for telling us how you made it. xx

fatmonica said...

It's stunning!I love the colours in the background and the image is fab.

Pinkies Sparkly Creations said...

brilliant love the colours and the digi is brill emma xx

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Absolutely gorgeous, and thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper challenge this month :)

Zoe said...

Wow! Amazing truly beautiful xxx

Joan Macdonald said...

This is fabulous gorgeous colours.

Joan x

Claire Cady Green said...

All my favorite colors what a stunning project x

Christy said...

This blows me away. The colors are just GORGEOUS!!!!! Thanks for joining us at ABAC this week :) :)

Kathryn said...

Wow stunning love the colours and textures xx ps my son is loving it over in your part of the world :) xx

Tracey said...

Love this Danie - gorgeous colours!

Tracey x
www.papercraftjunkies.com

Daisy Collins said...

Great project! Super gorgeous.

Celia Harrington said...

Fab project love the colours butterflies and the gil is so cute xxxxxx

Sheen said...

This is simply amazing, Danielle. the colours are beautiful and the overall creation is a work of art indeed.
Crafty hugs, Sheenagh x

jane stillman said...

A fabulous canvas Danielle, love the colours and textures, thanks for explaining how you did it x

Lynn McAuley said...

How amazingly beautiful, Danie!! Takes my breath away!!

Julie Short said...

The gentle colours you achieved Danie are soothing and pretty. I am sure there will be many who will love trying your paper blending and then the texturising to achieve something similar. Thank you for joining in at ABAC Challenge this week.

Sammi said...

oooh so pretty! I am inspired to make another canvas . it's been a while!!
Thanks for playing along with us at Anything but a card.com :)
Sammi
xx

Jessica Griffin said...

This is beautiful Danielle! Thank you so much for sharing how you created the background! I NEVER would have thought it would be that easy!! Incredible!

Thank you for sharing this with us at anything but a card!!
Jessica
www.anythingbutacard.com

Julia S-W said...

I absolutely love your background and it's so wonderful that you share the process with us. I think Julie, my colleague is right: many people will love your tutorial and use to produce their own pieces. A stunning piece which I am delighted that you shared with us at ABAC and I do hope you'll join us again soon.
Juliax

Carla said...

This is just gorgeous! I love it! The colors are so soothing...