Monday, 2 November 2015

2015 #20 Wall Art {by Lesley Ebdon}

 2015 Topic 20: Triptychs

Hi everyone, Lesley here from Crafty Love n Hugs and tonight I'm sharing a wall art Triptych.  I love texture and layering but I also love 'clean and simple' elegance so I combined both to create my wall art using the latest release of fabulous Limited Edition Fresco Finish Paints and Lin Brown's wonderful new stamps that I had the privilege of playing with for their launch.


Step One: I started by applying torn strips of white paper and card to two small canvases then applied a coat of Gesso over the top.  I also gave the larger canvas a coat of Golden Gesso.  (Snowflake Fresco Finish would cover beautifully too but I'm a bit precious with mine).


Step Two: Next I applied Deco Art White Crackle Paste to corners of all the canvases and took it over the edges slightly.  I used a crocodile effect stencil in some areas and just applied with my finger over the edges.  After allowing this to dry, I painted all three canvases with a layer of Teresa Green Fresco Finish from the new set followed by a second layer slightly toned down with Honey Dew.  I gave them a third layer adding more Honey Dew and blending with a wet wipe.  (apologies for colour quality on some of the step photos as I was working at night)


Step Three: I made a very watered down mix of each of the new Limited Edition Frescos...


...in spray bottles and then used a pipette to dribble a little of each colour over the crackled areas allowing it to run.  Love the way it moves into the cracks and these new paints created such pretty shades!  I then added a very light spritz of the Captain Peacock and Granny Smith mixes.


Step Four: I finished the small canvases by stamping the birdcage from ELB21...


...twice onto acetate with Black Stazon Ink, cut them out and then coated them with the new PaperArtsy Frosting Glaze on both sides to dull the shine before sticking them to the small canvases.  I stamped two little flowers from ELB22 onto card, coloured and cut them out to embellish the top of the cages.


Step Five: Next I turned my attention to the main image ...... the beautifully elegant Bluebell from ELB22 !

Firstly, I stamped the flower several times onto copy paper manipulating the stem each time so that one flowing stem with several flowers could be created.  I cut them out very roughly and played around with arranging them on the large canvas until I was happy and then restamped each one onto tissue and painted them with the watered down Frescos.  I then fussy cut each flower and stuck it to the canvas with Golden Soft Gel (Matte).


Step Six: Next I used the Golden Gel again to adhere some linen fabric from my stash onto white molding plastic and when it was dry I stamped 5 flower heads, again painted them with my paint mixes and when they were completely dry I cut them out and shaped them with my fingers after heating with a heat tool.


Step Seven: I then used the same Gel to layer them over the images on the canvas, offsetting them slightly to create more depth and dimension.  I also added a little soft smudged pencil shading along the bottom edge of the stems.


I'm pleased with how my triptych turned out and I am really happy with the effect of using different sized canvases.  There are one or two different combinations that can be used when arranging them on a wall which is why I didn't want to join them together.  Lin's latest stamp releases include several fairly large elegant flower images just perfect for clean and simple and their bold lines make them ideal for stamping onto fabric.

If you're not a fan of clean and simple you could always add background stamping or stencilling and add something to the canvas edges.  I'd love to see your take on wall art triptychs.

Lesley
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Wow Lesley, the effect of the paint in the cracks is so easy but oh so effective with the gorgeous drips and dribbles. Such a gorgeous understated way to start a canvas. Love the bluebells, one of my fave Lin brown stamps too, and I might have done a little 'ohhhhhh' at the genius idea of using frosting glaze to soften the shiny acetate! Thankyou ! ~Leandra

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25 comments:

Helen said...

This is beautiful, Lesley!!

Paula Whittaker said...

Gorgeous work Lesley x

Lauren Hatwell said...

How lovely! Lx

Ruth said...

Yummy painty drips in crackles...love the effect and love a bit of CAS, beautiful trio Lesley! Ruth xx

craftytrog said...

Beautiful Lesley! Love the background! xx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

That is beautiful, Lesley. I love the drips of paint in the crackle.

Florence Adam said...

Hi Lesley, very nice! I like all the technique, that I will read carefully later one! I like the crackle as well and the drips of paints. Very poetic.

Susan Battensby said...

This is lovely, especially love the crackles.

Mac Mable said...

Love the three pieces of this project and the different sizes. The colours are gorgeous and loving the crackle and dripping paint effect. Beautiful how you've done the flowers with an overall stunning effect x

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful Lesley! I love how you have staggered the canvases and the beautiful texture and colors around the edges.

sam21ski said...

Fabulous crackle Lesley xx

Sarah B said...

this is so pretty - the pastel shades are gorgeous xx

Aquarius said...

Fabulous, loving the textures achieved and also the crackle and dribbles of colour.

By Neymes said...

Beautiful,Beautiful!!!

Julie Ann Lee said...

Fabulous crackle effects, Lesley and lovely use of those colours and images! Original and pretty triptych! xx

Veronica Pell said...

Gorgeous Lesley - love the crackle effects and the delicate drippy colour

Susan Carol said...

Beautiful. Love the crackle and drips.

Craftyfield said...

Love the arrangement of the 2 canvasses of different sizes. The texture is lovely and the clean colours are restful, they will look great on a wall...

craftimamma said...

Thank you for all the lovely comments everyone. You've made my day!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

butterfly said...

Gorgeous pastel crackle tying the panels together - this is so light and airy... I'm sure it looks beautiful on the wall.
Alison xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Gorgeous Lesley, I love the pastel colours on the crackle and those lovely bluebells,

Lucy x

Deborah Wainwright said...

This is beautiful Lesley, really love it. Hugs Debs xx

Coco said...

A gorgeous and very delicate triptych Lesley, sorry to comment a bit late but I didn't want to leave a message before having the time to read all the details! They were great, I don't regret!!! :)
Hugs, Coco xxx

Etsuko Noguchi said...

This is fantastic Triptychs Lesley!! and beautiful colours. I love the crackles and drooping paint too. xxx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Beautiful!
A lovely freshness to this piece of art.
Wishes
Lynne

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