Thursday, 12 July 2012

Simon Says... Layers....

...tis a yonk and a half since I last had the chance to play at the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge... CLICK HERE for all of this weeks deets.. and, as ever, there's a voucher to be won too (I am keeping it all X'd that I win it one day lol) Anyways... because I am still in the whole painty/canvassy mood, I decided to alter a 5 x 7 canvas (hey, these are well cheap - a pack of 4 from The Works!)




I started by covering the edges with Pitch Black Dabber, bringing it slightly onto the front so when the next step was done, it all blended nicely. The next step was to chop up some of my Little Black Dress Basic Grey papers - into blocks... yes, that blocking technique... again... I know, but I lurves it. Once they were all stuck down, I popped some of my favest paint in the world (ever), Claudine Hellmuth Traditional Tan, onto my craft sheet, misting lightly with a spritz of water and then swiping it on with a piece of Cut & Dry foam. This layer blends all the papers together really well... and the beauty is that you can use any paint or Gesso!



Next came a layer of Ranger Glue & Seal - to erm... seal the papers! Then came some stamping - an old Magenta stamp, haven't used this for yonks and I do love its simplicity. I used Jet Black Archival ink to stamp and then zapped it with the heat tool. I then used my Stabilo ALL pen, drawing around the blocks and then using a babywipe and my fingernail to blend the pencil lines in. I made a heart template, cut out the heart from some Kraft cardstock, blended the edges with Gathered Twigs DI and then added some ribbon and lace for the middle of it. See the ickle wooden buttons? How cute are they!!! They are more of the Crafty Emblies buttons, I am LOVING them! Finally, I added some wire and ribbon for the hanging bit and some Chit Chat Stickers for my words.


So there you have it. From start to finish this canvas took about 90mins! I had already sketched out the design and chosen papers etc.. but it just goes to show that I can achieve loads of layers with out overloading stuff... maybe I have turned a new leaf and am being minimalistic? Erm... maybe not lol Thanks for looking... enjoy the sunny weather! TTFN

Hels x

34 comments:

Joanne said...

Is there no end to this woman's talent?? Another incredible piece. I want to stop at home now and make some art for pressies instead of going off my jollies.
Hugs Joanne xx

craftypam60 said...

I love this - in fact, I love all your work. xx
PS enjoyed your workshop at Dawn Bibby's shop several weeks ago. It was so fab!

Paula Whittaker said...

fab layered canvas

inkypinkycraft said...

Love the soft colours, this canvas is great..can you tell me the details and where to get the stabile pen/penil...looks fab ta trace x

Anita Houston said...

Wish you could hear me whistling the sound for major gorgeousness!!!! Maybe something like rwheeet rwhear!!! Love the painted over papers and the heart too, but the way you poked the wire through gives me ideas!

butterfly said...

Gorgeous... love the paper blocking, and your colours and layout are just perfect.
Alison x

rachel said...

this is fab Hels - great layers and a fabby idea to use the canvas! hugs rachel xx

Angie said...

This is gorgeous ...brilliant layers that look as though they all belong....and I love the colour tones. xx

Artyjen said...

Love it! It's great the way you blended it all together.
xoxo Sioux

Planetsusie said...

I love your work Hels - everything is so different and imaginative. Don't know how you do it!! I am also really chuffed at the way you describe how you do things. I can sooo follow them and am not one for bothering with instructions n things - so this is a pleasure. As many of the others have said I also love the layers - brilliant.

Hugs Sue P xx

Elaine said...

Great canvas - love the overall design and the blues and browns go so well. Hope you win!!

whyducks said...

Oooow so luverly Hels!

Helen said...

That is beautiful! You haven't used trad tan for ages....nor have I, mine's dried up! I love that Magenta stamp too, I think I may have it somewhere (and if not I want it!) The others are right, the colours and the layers are wonderful.

Kathryn said...

Abby fabby xxxxxx

Julia S-W said...

Love all the wonderful natural tones. Why can't I do something like this in 90 minutes. Perhaps we should rename you as wonderman!
Julia aka NOT wonderwoman!

Redanne said...

A wonderful, beautiful canvas, like your idea of sketching first.......hmm, great idea! The colours are beautiful, so natural and the stamping goes so well. The buttons are cute too. Another wonderful creation. Second time you mentioned the Stabilo pen, it seems to do a brilliant job. A x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely layered canvas Hels, love the blocks of paper and then the wash of paint and my favourite colour palette too. The heart is gorgeous with the added trim and beautiful bow treatment too. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

Annie said...

Hi Hels loving this piece. Like the layered look and the way you set it all off with the buttons,curled wire. TFS x

Aquarius said...

A gorgeous canvas and I love the colours you used.

May said...

oh I simply ADORE this!! All those bits on the heart and the project as a whole too. This is a truly spectacular piece!! Thank you for joining us at simon says stamp & show. :)

Minxy said...

This is beautiful x

Buttons said...

Love the way you have put this together Hels. Waiting patiently (not!!) for my Crafty-Embelies order to arrive!! Hugs, Buttons x

Sophie said...

Das sieht fantastisch aus. Großartig!

Liebe Grüße

Judie savage-lovell said...

such gorjuss work, loves this so much darling, thanks for the plug xx

Carole Z said...

Fab canvas Hels, love the colours and the papers! Carole Z X

Terry said...

Hey there Hels, as allways another STUNNER wowwzers, loving the heart and loving all the layers you have used. Thank you so much for joining into the fun absolutely great that you found the time sweetie, wow....LOVING the heart what... your whole project.....Hugs Terry xxx

Barb Cady said...

Love this Hels, cos I love blue and brown! Must have a go with the blocks of papers methinks. Great canvas x

Julie Short said...

Hello Miss Minimalist. Your canvas tonight is very soothing and pretty. As you say there is a lot going on but it is all blended and peaceful. Love the blending you have achieved with your pencil too!
Have a great week.

Craftychris said...

ooh gorgeous! I love the way you have used the papers. I can't believe it has taken me soooo long to join your blog! How silly am I? xx

Alexandra said...

This is very calming, pretty and lovely Hels. I love the colours and there's still lots to see here, though this is definately minimalistic for you, not as 3D and no flowers today? The lovely wee buttons are very pretty, just like tiny little wooden flowers though.

fatmonica said...

Love it!I love the blues,very relaxing and the layers.Looks fab!

Trish Latimer said...

Gorgeous gorgeous!!! Love the muted colours, and the black foliage stamp along the bottom is fab!! Trish xxx

Cathy said...

Hi, Thanks for the challenge!
I love all of the inspiration...Here is my link.

http://iluvtomakecards.blogspot.com/2012/07/stamptacular-172-wings-and-bling-sunday.html

CreativSpirit said...

So lovely, that for always inspiring.

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