Oh Boy, am I going out on a limb with this one! Welcome to my first attempt at creating on a canvas!! I’m going for it! I’m venturing out and onto a new surface, a new landscape, so to speak and onto something that is not cardstock!! LOL!!
(Plus, I wanted to make something special as an upcoming gift.) 🙂
So, sit tight and I’ll take you through this memento piece I made for my Dad, in honor of my Dad.
There are a couple of challenges out there that this will be perfect for, but the main idea inspiration came from the Awesomely Awesome Paula Cheney and a vintagey canvas she designed in April called Wonderful Adventure. It’s such a lovely piece–It inspired me to want to do the same!!
These are the base of the supplies I’m going to use for my canvas with the addition of lots more goodies as I go along! Since this is my first attempt at using a canvas, I’m keeping it small and using a 6×6 square.
This is my Dad, circa April 1959, not even 20 years old yet. Quite dapper in his Navy Blues!!
In preparation for this project, I ran this original photo through a little bit of photo editing and made myself several copies on a few different surfaces, but I’ll get to that later.
I prepped the canvas with gesso and heat dried, as I did most of the layers that I’ll put on. I was too impatient to have to wait for things to dry!! 😉
I’m letting the colors in the photo dictate what Distress Paints I’m going to use for my background. I’ve chosen Broken China, Gathered Twigs and Pumice Stone DP’s for my paint layer.
So, there’s that first color of Broken China DP laid down, but magically, there’s all 3 colors of DP applied and ready to go!! YUP–I was just going along and painting and having fun and then-OH, forgot to take those detail shots!
I made my own stamped tissue paper with images from Artistic Outpost and Tim Holtz/SA. I used the compass stamp from Tim’s Classics #1 set and I used the word HERO from the Hero plate by AO. I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the images onto the tissue paper–that way it will be permanent when I start applying multi-medium and won’t run or wick away.
I ripped up pieces of the stamped tissue paper and randomly applied onto the canvas with matte multi-medium and set with my heat tool.
I’m going to distress the entire canvas with DI’s in Tea Dye, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo, making sure to really dab into the tissue paper.
You knew this was coming!! Water Spots!! How could I possibly create a vintage style Naval themed piece without incorporating real water? I…..Must……Spritz……and……Flick…..Water…..LOL!! 🙂
Next, I chose the piece of world map paper from the 8×8 Collage Paper Stash by TH/Idea-ology….
…to rip into a few little pieces and adhere to the canvas with matte multi-medium and dried with my heat tool.
I distressed those strips of paper with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot DI’s and my ink blending tool and then roughed them up a little bit with my sanding block.
I used a piece of manila stock, left-over from a DP mono-print experiment, to make my home-made NAVY stencil with. I used the Opposites Attract cartridge and my Cricut machine to die cut out the letters and I used the negative as my stencil.
I used Chipped Sapphire DI and a finger dabber to stencil NAVY randomly over the entire canvas square and since the letter A was solid, I used a white pencil to create that open space.
More stenciling fun–I used the Stars layering stencil and Picket Fence DP to randomly add stars on the front and sides of the canvas with a sponge finger dabber. I heat set every section that I stenciled, before moving on to the next. Another detail that I failed to get a picture of is, I outlined some of the stars with Walnut Stain Distress Marker. Darn It!!
One of the embellishments I wanted for this piece was an anchor, so I found the anchor image I wanted online. I printed it, fussy cut, then traced onto a piece of chipboard and fussy cut once again. I’m going to give my anchor a little bit of an eroded metal look.
I applied Pumice Stone Distress Stain directly onto my chipboard anchor and heat dried. I know you don’t see the chipboard through the next layers, but, I just felt better having my first layer a little darker gray.
Next, I rubbed and dabbed Black Soot DP over the entire surface and heat set.
Then finished off with a layer of Brushed Pewter Metallic DP, which I gave the eroded metal treatment to. Now, I’ve got a funny story about this particular anchor…
When I had this anchor done, this was my stopping point for the evening. I set this aside, along with all of my other little embellishments, in a little pile, so I knew where everything I wanted was. The next morning, time to assemble–Uh, where is my anchor? No, really–where is my anchor? It is GONE! My pile of embellishments looks a little disturbed and the anchor is nowhere to be seen. I picked everything up off of my work surface, I poured out my garbage…It’s not here. So, after my husband found some larger pieces of chipboard eaten, on the floor, we’ve deduced that:
#1–One of the cats knocked said anchor onto the floor. #2–Our cardboard eating dog, Maxine, found said anchor that had been knocked on the floor. #3–Maxine ate said anchor.
Suffice it to say, I had to make another anchor, but it looked exactly like this one!! 😉
OK–I’m not going to go into full detail mode with this next step. I’m saving this ‘accidental image transfer’ technique for its own posting–soon! But, what I will say is, I didn’t just want to stick the photo of my Dad on this canvas. I wanted some kind of cool way of showcasing this photo, but not just as a picture pasted on top.
So, go figure, I accidentally found an image transfer technique that gave me several see-through layers of the photo of my Dad.
With one of the photos that I printed on glossy photo paper, I fussy cut my Dad out and inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and my ink blending tool.
His fussy cut image was adhered to the canvas with matte multi-medium and pressed in place. I did let this sit for a spell and air dry–I didn’t want my heat tool to possibly tweak the ink on the photo paper or have the photo paper start to bubble. I’ve had that happen!! Lesson learned!! 😉
Here is the finished canvas with all of the embellishments adhered in place.
I made my anchor chain out of jump rings. I didn’t have any spare, mini, chain-link hanging around, so–jump rings pressed into ovals will work for me!!
I printed these little word bands onto kraft card stock off of my computer. I then fussy cut them out and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI. I adhered them in place with matte multi-medium and heat set. When dry, I outlined them with Walnut Stain and Picket Fence DM’s.
To give the stamped compass image in the corner a little action, I added a sprocket gear and game spinner with a brad and poked it through the canvas. I was going to glue the spinner in place, but, I let the spinner be free so the admirer has something to interact with. And speaking of interacting–I did spray a clear, top coat over the entire canvas. Just in case someone does want to touch something other than the spinner, nothing can come off on fingers and transfer to other places! 😉
Anchors Away Me Boy–Anchors Away!! I’m safe to say this (as I’ve told my Dad he can’t read this posting) I’m going to give this to him for Father’s Day!
And remember the challenges I mentioned? One of them is Red Carpet Studio–Their latest challenge is based on the movie Saving Private Ryan. With the Memorial Day holiday approaching in the U.S., the challenge is to create something for Memorial Day. I instantly thought of my Dad and his service in the Navy when he was just a young man. Perfectly timed for Father’s Day in the U.S., A Vintage Journey is hosting their fortnight challenge “All About Him”. Another inspiration cue to make something for and about my Dad! Perfect!!
I hope you enjoyed my foray into experimenting with canvas? It wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it was going to be! Who knows what I’ll create with my next 6×6 canvas?
Thanks for stopping by and Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari
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