Sunday, 12 April 2009

Sunday Stampers - Week 55 - Silver Lady

Morning Stampers!

First of all, thank you for joining in last week, it was lovely to see a few new faces too whom I hope will return for future is great to see lots of different takes on the one theme.

This week the theme is a very simple one - the original theme has had to go by the wayside for another week 'cos I couldn't get my piece finished in time....but I have managed to get this canvas finished, finally, it has taken me all week!

Ah, the theme, yes, all you need to do is include something SILVER in your artwork, use stamping and then leave a comment with a link on this post and I can come and visit you :O)) *BTW, does anyone remember this lovely song by David Soul? Oh, he was my first crush when I was 6 years old!*

For my canvas, I started by prepping a deep edged 8" x 6" by painting it with a couple of coats of Gesso. The canvas was pre-primed but I like to have that extra depth on the surface. I then took some Violet acrylic paint and mixed in some white paint. I made an Indigo colour and then painted this all over the surface of the canvas.

Once this was dried, I painted a coat of PVA glue all over the surface and then immediately painted a coat of paint that I had pre-mixed using the Violet and the white but this time leaving the colour darker. It is important to put the paint straight onto the wet PVA, try not to overbrush the PVA and paint together and you will get a lovely scratchy crackle effect as the PVA dries, it separates and takes the top coat of paint with it, leaving the lower layer showing thru.

Next, I painted some Claudine Helmuth sticky canvas - this is one of my "must have" crafty supplies as it is so versatile. I used the original Indigo colour I had mixed to paint an A4 size piece of canvas - then cut it in half when dried and using a stipple brush, picked up the darker colour and streaked this over one half - this meant that I had two different colours for my flowers.

The flowers are from my new range of unmounted stamps which are available from The Artistic Stamper. If you click here you can go straight to the page where they are. I stamped several of the large and smaller flowers using a clear embossing ink and then heat embossed with silver powder. I next painted a smaller piece of sticky canvas with Silver Adirondack Acrylic paint and once this had dried, I stamped the leaves, large and small, using black StaZon. While I had the silver paint out, I covered all four sides of the deep edged canvas to give a little bit of definition to the whole project.

Next, I peeled the backing off the Sticky Canvas and stuck this to some metal foil sheets. This meant that once I had cut out all of the images, I could curl them and make them stay in shape as the metal gives the canvas a bit more stability.

Now for the fiddly bit - I faffed about with wire and beads and pearls to make some centres for the flowers and some extra accents to add under the flowers - I used thick wire for the centres, curling it and then sticky a pearl to the end. The pearls came from an old necklace I got from a junk shop.

The main element of the canvas is the stampbord ATC. This was painted and shaded and then stamped with one of the wordy stamps made in my handwriting (how cool!) that are also available from The Artistic Stamper. I embossed this with silver and then used the vine stamp to add detail on the edges of the stampbord and also I stamped around the silver edges of the canvas.

Finally.....hurrah! I had picked up a cheapy bracelet in Claires Accessories the other day, not to wear but because it had some fabby little metal tassles on it - it was on a £1 and I also got the metal flowers from it too. These were added to the canvas once the flowers were all placed with silicone glue.

Right, enough waffle from me, you are all champing at the bit to get off to those Easter Eggs I know.....and I wish you all a very Happy Easter too.

Thanks for looking and hope that you will be able to join in again this week!

Hels x

PS - I have just noticed that my Blog Counter is nearly at 40,000 so as a thank you for being such lovely visitors, if you join in with the challenge this week, please leave a comment as usual and then you will be entered into the draw, one person will be chosen at random to win some Blog Candy which will include some mini Stitchels stamps and some KlingOn to mount them on. Thanks!!!!


K said...

here is my challenge

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Gayle's Art

Lynn Stevens said...

First time here. My altered silver tin is on my blog

Andrea said...

well Hels what a stunning piece of art, the work involved looks very hard and time consuming but what a brill result I adore it, Happy Easter to you and Graham, Gary and Alfie xx

Rachel said...

Here's mine

Wacky Jacky said...

Absolutely stunning piece of work Hels - it's gorgeous!!

Joy said...

Brilliant canvas Hels it's stunning! I have blogged last weeks challenge - just in time! xx

Shazza said...

Hels, this is stunning, so much work has gone into those flowers and they are just gorgeous. You are a clever little angel, aren't you

Sally H said...

I was a Paul Michael Glazier fan myself! Anyway here is my entry

Hels Sheridan said...

Loving all the makes so far, thanks for joining in peeps x

lesleyanne said...

hi Hels have just got my
nature is art set
they are fantastic
love what you do with them

Sue said...

Another fab challenge, made me visit youtube! Your canvas is beautiful, my set has just arrived from Jennie, along with the birds - love them all!
Oh yeah, my atc is here

Hels Sheridan said...

Thanks LesleyAnn and so sorry to read your sad news xx Thanks for joinin in Sue, hope you enjoy playing with the new stamps x

Karen said...

This is beautiful !
Thanks for the tip about the PVA and paint. I love the technical term 'faffed about' LOL - 'artistically arranged'? Nah, tell it as it is!
Happy Easter Hels.

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Gorgeous canvas Hels :) your stamps are fab! I've made a card for this week.
Anne xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Have put a link for the blog candy giveaway on my blog Hels - congratulations on reaching 40,000
Anne xx

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Love the use of the new flowers :) Happy Easter to you and Grim and of course Alfie
Hugs xx

Hels Sheridan said...

:O)) Thanks peeps and thank you Anne for joining in, love your artwork hun x

Tracey said...

Gorgeous Hels, I really need to stretch myself and use the canvas's that I have gathering dust. I've been catching up with cards again.

Hels Sheridan said...

Thanks for joining in Tracey, love your card x

crafty creations said...

hels that canvas is amazing - love it.

My offering is on my blog

You can see it hereThanks for looking and please enter me in the draw for your fabulous giveaway

x Hilda

Hels Sheridan said...

Thanks for joining in Hilda, love it x

Ann said...

Gorgeous Hels - will need to try to participate again!! My mojo went missing, think it's coming back again tho' :-)) xxx

Jacqui Chimes said...

I'm very late this week but Have managed to complete this

I love your silver item Hels - in fact evrything on your blog this week!

Hels Sheridan said...

Thansk for joining in Jacks x

shaz earl said...

Stunning work as usual Mrs have made mine hope its ok

here's my card

Hels Sheridan said...

Thanks Shaz for joining in.....and thank you everyone for your contributions this week....loved looking at all your beautiful designs x

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