Thursday, May 3, 2012

Growing in Unity, Day 4!

Today I have another canvas!
I really do enjoy making these.
There are a lot of mistakes creative liberties on this. More on that later ;)
 This canvas is deep. That makes it stand up on its own easily. Bonus!
I Mod Podged some book pages on the canvas first. Some of the pages I came across were pretty risque! I thought it best to leave them off since I'm not sure what I'm doing with this yet ;)
I cut and punched a border for this baby. Love pretty papers!
I thought it would be awesome to cover the whole thing with Picket Fence Distress Stain. Looked great, but I wanted a darker, more aged look. Hmmm, what to do, what to do...
Well, I have a re-inker for my Old Paper Distress ink. I'll just smear some of that over the whole piece.
It would have been genius, if the Distress Stain were permanent, which it's not. I knew that, but I went with it.Yikes! That was some icky, sticky muddy looking, oily feeling mess. I know this because I used my fingers to apply the re-inker. I let it sit for a looooooong time. Tick Tock Tick Tock...
 It was beyond icky. This stuff was not drying. So, I wiped it off with a paper towel, and I loved what I was left with! I did go back over it with the Distress Stain a bit. Overnight it dried much more. 
I stamped the Unity Itty Bitty "My Heart Belongs" with Staz-On, and painted the heart with Liquitex ink. Then I stamped the sentiment, cut it out, and distressed it. I doodled around the image and the top and bottom borders, and over the sentiment.
I decided I needed a little more, so out came the Magic Mesh and some paint. Then I lightened the paint and dabbed a little more on with some bubble wrap.  
 After all of the, ahem, new techniques I love the end result! It's messy and imperfect, and me! 

Thanks for making it all the way through my rambling :) I hope it makes sense.
I really appreciate you stopping by. Now make sure you comment for a chance to win! One more day, and tomorrow I'll have a few things to share.
Have an awesome day!


Krystal H

This is perfect! I seem to be drawn to anything with a heart on it.


Ha ha..I love your blow by blow description of your run-in with the uncooperative Distress Inks!! I love the result it all worked out perfectly in the end!

Denise Bryant

Loving your mixed media canvas projects! I haven't done any yet, but they inspire me to try it out too!

Miriam Prantner

This is great! Can't tell there are mistakes, I actually like this one better than yesterday's. Really like the cluster of hearts and that borders.


this is beautiful! love the style and the fabulous stamps! :)


I am loving this!!! I love the layers and such thing as mistakes in
Great project sweetie

sharon g

I like the distressed look of this project. You did well...


I love it! You only have mistakes in your eyes. I don't see anything but awesome!

River Reed

Your "accidents" turn out so well! I love how you experiment and create such awesome stuff!


Awesome job. Can't wait to see what you create tomorrow.

Holly AKA KopyKat

this is so pretty, love the colors


Gorgeous! And you have to love happy accidents!