Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bee Artful Canvas

Here I go again waiting until the last minute, but guess what happened to me last night when I decided to go to bed early at 8:45 pm? While flipping through an old copy of Craft Stamper Magazine, I had a visitor named Mr. Mojo, who stayed with me until about 1:00 am (wink wink) while I doodled away in my Art Journal Planner...about 27 projects I think, mostly for Christmas! So much for sleep, but one idea was this canvas that I had given up on long ago. I had the preliminary background done on this and 4 others just like it about...um...18 months ago, but when it came time to do something on them I just stared blankly. So I put them away, and took them out several times, all with the same outcome, a total blank. Until last night! I knew I wanted to participate in Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper challenge of "A Taste of Honey", and the Unruly Paper Arts Reader Art Quest 2 challenge of "Dimension to a Canvas", but as I had no idea where to start on either, I shewed those thoughts away. Thanks Mojo dude!!! Please come back again soon!
Everything here was already on from a long time ago, except the Tim's Idea-ology Grunge letters and Claudine Hellmuth Gesso, that I used to gain extra texture.
Now comes a whole slew of Ranger goodness. I ran Tea Dye Distress Stain over the whole canvas, and then dried it with the heat tool. I also used a Marvy Permanent Red Marker to darken certain spots of the flowers.
My favorite color of Color Wash, Butterscotch, came next. I wiped portions of it away on both of the lady faces. I gave this a good drying as well.
I stamped Tim's Honeycomb image randomly in Jet Black Archival.
I thought it needed some lighter areas, so out came Claudine's Tradional Tan Acrylic Paint. I mixed it with water to dilute it a little. More drying.
I needed some contrast color, so Landscape Green came next. I highlighted the letters with Jet Black Archival, Perfect Pearls Mist, and some more Barn Door Distress Stain. I also inked the edges with Jet Black. I stamped the bees, and colored them in with Glaze Pens, and added a Crackle Accents to the wings. I wanted a little sparkle on some parts, so I used my fingers and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist to do that.
I wasn't sure if this was going to work, but experiment leads to technique. I adhered two sided tape (bologna) to a piece of metal strip, and die cut it with the Rosette die, which cut like butter!  I also die cut a piece of papertowel to adhere the metal to. I didn't want to use paper because the metal is already plenty stiff.
I embossed the circle with the Honeycomb Texture Fade.
I used Alcohol Inks to color the Rosette pieces and an Idea-ology Philosophy tag. After I dried everything, I started folding my Rosette. This was a little difficult with the metal being stiff, so I used a craft stick to help bend the folds. I didn't do a perfect job but it worked just fine. I didn't have the patience for glue, so the Tiny Attacher help me out. It flattened out beautifully. I attached an Idea-ology Hinge, Jump Rings, and the Philosophy Tag to the center circle. I used Glossy Accents to attach it to the Rosette. Finito! I'm in love!!!
Supplies:
From My Stash: face stamp, tissue pattern, lady ephemera, sheet music, Marvy Red Marker, snaps, bee stamps


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!



29 comments:

  1. Well, looky here...Mr. Mojo showed up and made everything better! LOL...seriously, this is a pretty amazing piece...very impressed with all the texture and the great movement. And that benevolent face above it all....I really love it.

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  2. GORGEOUS... absolutely stunning, love that metal rosette LOADS! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  3. Mr. Mojo was very generous - this is fabulous! Love the colors, the textures, how you made the background - it's all great :D

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  4. Tried to comment through the facebook link, but it disappeared! Love the colors and the overall feel of this--I used to not like faces in art projects, but I'm changing my mind. I LOVE this!

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  5. This is gorgeous! Yay for Mr. Mojo! :)

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  6. Got your mojo back I see! Gorgeous!

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  7. Wow, this is so cool! There's so much dimension in your layers and colors.

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  8. Anita!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your tutorial, wonderful metal rosette!!!!! BArbarayaya

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  9. This is absolutely stunning.I love all of it.
    Greetings
    Felicie

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  10. Where do I begin with this? Well your mojo has worked overtime on every wonderful detail of this stunning canvas. I am in love with so many of the elements (good idea to put the metal tape onto kitchen roll - WILL be doing this) and the tutorial helps to understand them all so much. You really are one of life's 'givers' and I thank you for that. Looking forward to seeing what else your burst of ideas produces. Hugs, Buttons x

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  11. ...gorgeously rich in colour Anita, great textures, looooVe the rosette, inspiring as always...Mel :)

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  12. Wow, that's so beautiful. I love all the layers & the rosette looks amazing.

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  13. Great textures and layers. Thanks for joining us at UPA.

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  14. Oh WOW Anita. What a work of art! It is stunningly beautiful with rosette to die for (!) ... maybe Santa would bring me one of those fabby die cutting machines? Wondrous inking of the canvas with fantastic hues. Congrats to Anita's mojo! Nicola x

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  15. A riot of rich colours and wonderful textures! trace. X

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  16. This is a wonderful canvas--wonderful layering of color and texture. What a great idea to make a metal rosette!

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  17. Love your choices here - what a bee-utiful creation! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. wow! fab work there. glad you found your mojo for this canvas! x

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  19. It's fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really!!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. The richness and depth of colour on this piece is fantastic. Lovely combination of washes and techniques. The rosette is so cool. I love that saying "experiment leads to technique". Your details truly give me joy...right down to the fabulous flower centers. Glad Mr. Mojo came back.

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  21. Gorgeous canvas! Loved seeing your process! Thanks for questing with us at UPA!

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  22. Just gorgeous, Anita! He may come at inconvenient times, but when Mr Mojo turns up, he really turns on the style! Absolutely love the colours, the textures, and that beautiful face at the centre of it...
    Alison x

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  23. It is so gorgerous. I love motive with honeycomb. And the bees are so fabulous. Great textures and so beautiful colours:)

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  24. I love it! awesome colors and textures of course!! you always amaze me!! just an update my brother did well with the surgery! and so far is doing great! chemo next again sadly but so far ok!! have a great weekend! I will hopefully be able to get a bit creative too!!

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  25. This is so dreamy! That metal flower is genius. Love the whole thing!

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  26. LOVE, love, love this canvas!!! WOW!! So many great elements / layers. Good luck in the voting at Unruly!

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  27. This is stunning, Anita! Really beautiful!

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  28. I love this Anita, great colours and texture and detail- perfect! Debi x

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