Hi There & Happy Sunday!! It’s my turn to share my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and today, I’m bringing you an almost trashed canvas board that had a very rough beginning. Every so often, my mojo will ”leave the building” if you will, and my original attempt at what I was doing on this was, just, BLECH!! But luckily, one of my favorite AO stamp sets, Kudzu Kafe, came to the rescue!!
Not only did the images of Kudzu Kafe help me out on this project, but I went back into the archives of one of my favorite designers, Paula Cheney, to get inspiration from her canvas called “Wonderful Adventure“. You’ll see some of the liberties I took in my project, especially with the overall wing-span of Kudzu Girl here, but the inspiration is evident and helped me get through my temporary loss of mojo over this canvas board.
I’m also going to send this canvas board over to The Mirror Crack’d challenge for July-Canvas. I missed out on lots of my favorite challenges last month as I’m spending my free creative time on other projects, but I always pay attention to the themes and write them down for inspiration. As this month’s theme at The Mirror Crack’d is creating on a Canvas, that also inspired me to bring this canvas back out and try to salvage it in some way!
This is how this 5″ x 7″ canvas board started out, but I had actually gotten farther along in the water coloring of this and even glazed some of the rain drops. I was not happy with the direction this was going, and almost threw this away! Instead, I put it away, but not out of sight–I can’t just get rid of a nice canvas board that can be saved and turned into something else!!
I covered the board with a good coat of gesso, maybe a bit thicker than normal, but I had some bright colors to cover and the layer of TH Melange Tissue Wrap helped camouflage the painting underneath.
I applied Abandoned Coral DP onto the top half and Mermaid Lagoon DP to the bottom half and rubbed the paint in with a baby wipe. These colors are so fun together! Oh-Can you see some of the raised rain drops back there? Even though those are remnants of the failed creative layer underneath, I think they lend a fun, textural element to this board.
I took another piece of the Melange Tissue Wrap and glued to a piece of white stock with Matte Decou-Page. I heat set, then colored the wings with my Mustard Seed & Ripe Persimmon DMs.
I’m playing around with some TH Frosted Film right now and decided to cover the butterfly with a layer to give the wings some pretty shimmer. I fussy cut them and adhered the image onto the canvas board with Matte Decou-Page.
My favorite AO image-Kudzu Girl (aka Angry Girl)!! I stamped her onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored her with Distress Markers and my water brush. I fussy cut her, inked the edges with my Pumice Stone DM and adhered her onto the wings with Matte Decou-Page. And, as one of the tenants of Kudzu Wisdom is to ‘be silly’, I gave her a pair of wire antennae that I glitzed up with Black Diamond Stickles. I just love that sparkle in the sunshine!
I’ve got some random stamping and stenciling going on in the background, too. I’m using a flourishy image from the Serenity stamp set stamped in Cobalt Archival and I’m using the Letter Jumble stencil from Dylusions. You might see a two-toned effect with the stenciling–there I used Scattered Straw DP with an over lay of Black Soot SI. The circles were made with a paint cap dipped into Picket Fence DP and Prussian Blue Hue DA Media Fluid Acrylic.
The 3 tenants of Kudzu Widsom–be silly, be kind, be honest!! I stamped the words onto white card stock with Jet Black Archival and heat set. I then brushed on a layer of Matte Decou-Page and heat set. I fussy cut the words and edged with Jet Black Archival then mounted onto pieces of black stock. I attached to the canvas board with foam squares and outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.
I outlined winged Kudzu Girl three times–the first layer in Black Soot DP using a fine detail paint brush, then I outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then I outlined with my white gel pen. I finished the panel with adding strips of TH Tissue Tape around the edges to frame the panel and give it a clean and crisp look, then spritzed a bit of Black Soot DM here & there with my air art tool. So, there you go–a project that was once a failure, saved by paint and ink and stamping and paper and good ole inspiration!!
Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!! Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Stamps: Kudzu Kafe & Serenity (Artistic Outpost)
- 5″ x 7″ Canvas Board; Melange Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
- Distress Paints, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); DecoArt Media Acrylic; Gesso (Dina Wakely/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
- Letter Jumble Stencil (Dylusions/Ranger); Frosted Film & Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
- Craft Sheet (Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Cap; Ink Blending Tool; Heat Tool; Air Art Tool (Artworx)