Monday, 22 April 2013

Suzanne Czosek #1 Life Canvas ....

"Today starts my last week as a Guest Designer at PaperArtsy. I have really enjoyed playing with the wonderful Fresco Paints and the fabulous Stamps. Leandra and Gillian have been wonderful and this has been a lovely term"!

My project today is a mixed media canvas with a bit of paint, tissue paper, and stamping.  I love the finished effect. I felt a little like Van Gogh as I created my own starry night but for a sunny day with sun spots floating in the air. 

I started with a flat canvas board which I had already painted the surface with a coat of Honeydew and Ice Blue.  I then used a leftover die cut butterfly that I'm using on my project for tomorrow. I cut the butterfly from the Metal Card and had the leftover black paper which I glued onto the canvas.   I applied Versamark Ink to a scrap piece of cardstock which I then heat embossed using Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.  I repeated the process two more times to give a nice thick coat of embossing enamel.  I inked up the "gear stamp" HotPick Xtra 01 - Backgrounds with Versamark and while the embossing enamel was warm and still in a liquid form, I stamped the gear in the wet embossing enamel.  I left it to cool off. When it was cool I pulled the stamp out, I repeated the process 6 times.  After all the gears were embossed I cut them out using my detail scissors.  I then glued them to the canvas.

I wanted to add a layer of texture with the Crackly Tissue Paper (sadly no longer available).  I decided to create a tinted glaze to glue my tissue paper. 

I poured white glue onto an extra clear plastic bag. I spritzed with water to make it liquid and then added a dab of Limelight Fresco Acrylic Paint.  I used a sponge brush to mix it all together and make a glue mixture that will dry translucent with a hint of the paint still showing through.  (NB you could do this with PaperArtsy's matte, satin or gloss glazes too)

Once I had my mixture I applied it to the canvas under the tissue paper and laid the tissue paper over the glue and applied the glue over the surface of the tissue paper.

After the tissue paper is applied, let dry completely.

The next step was to add touches of Ice Blue, Snowflake and Limelight over the surface until you achieve the effect you want.

I stamped the flowers from Hot Pick 1205using Black Archival Ink onto the canvas.  I then stamped a second time onto the tissue paper using the same ink. I heat set the ink on the tissue paper and the canvas.  I flipped the tissue paper over and painted the back using Haystack. I cut the flowers out and crumpled them and attached them to the canvas.

I then stamped the sentiment HotPick Xtra05 - Hardware using Black Archival Ink  onto the canvas.  


I decided to highlight the gears under the surface by applying blue over the circles.  That led to adding yellow dots and white dots.  I squirted the paint on the craft mat and used a paint brush to paint the surface of the gears.  I used an eraser on my pencil to apply the yellow and the end of the paint brush for the tiny dots.  I picked up a marker cap to add another size.   After I had finished with everything I decided to use the splatter stamp from the "Backgrounds" plate to add a nice splatter effect with a lovely light blue dye ink over the surface. I added highlights using a white gel pen  on the flowers and outline.

Come back tomorrow to see what I used the metal butterfly for! 

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Leandra Says:Ohh I love the layered tissue flowers Suzz, and the whole effect is absolutely stunning! Thanks for the clear instructions, you make it seem so easy, and the finished result is excellent!

Gillian Says: The background looks wonderful with all the layers, perfect spring colours to enhance those beautiful flower images, great dimension achieved.  


Helen said...

Love the background, Suzz , the tinted glue is a great idea! The layered flowers look gorgeous.

sam21ski said...

Welcome back Suzz

Great project

Sam xx

Lin said...

welcome back your canvas..two of my favorite colours!!

Carol Q said...

thought I was reading the wrong instructions at first - couldn't see gears anywhere. fab project Suzz. the daisy looks wonderful scrunched and I love the centres you made.

Miriam said...

Fabulous work - I love the background!!

Julie Lee said...

I love the way you've used the tissue - fantastic textures throughout!

Craftyfield said...

Great canvas, love the textures and colours.

butterfly said...

Fabulous dimension on the flowers, and I love the delicate colours!
Alison x

alison said...

Fantastic canvas Suzz! Your background is so cool, I love it!
Alison xx

Sandy said...

What a glorious canvas -- love the background and your wonderful flowers. I appreciated reading (and seeing) how you did this!

Trish said...

An amazing piece Suzz! I love the Van Gogh feel to it!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous canvas Suzz ! Love the background and the tissue flowers are fabulous ! Sue C x

Rebecca said...

Love this want to see/feel/stroke the texture in real time...does that sound odd? Maybe to a non crafter...
Happy craftin

krcmasterpiece said...

Loved your techniques. Your directions are easy enough-maybe I can try it! LOl

Yours turned out great!

craftimamma said...

Fabulous background Suzz. The multi layers are stunning and the crumpled tissue both on the background and for the fab flowers is great. (Do hope you manage to source something similar Leandra. I'm so glad I got mine just before you ran out :D). Great detailed 'how to' as well.

Lesley Xx

Linda M. Cain said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the flowers!!!


Maggie said...

Fabulous great background and texture and I love the flower dimension!


craftinka said...

Beautiful project, love the colours and composition, big hello, Justyna :)

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful piece! Thank you for showing all your steps in the process! Susan "ribbons"

whyducks said...

Love this!

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