Friday 16 May 2014

Canvas {with Lynne Perrella Stamps by Helen Chilton}

{Alternative title 'A right dog's Dinner}

Hi Everyone, Helen here. You can see that by the alternative title of my post I had trouble with this one! You ever get a project that doesn't go to plan? You reach that point where you either have to abandon it or try and rescue it? Well this was one of those. I sort of knew what I was planning but ended up with a muddy mess as you'll see below.

This is the end product:

and this is how it started: I used stamps from the Lynne Perrella Collection 026:


I stamped the girl collage several times onto tissue paper in StazOn Fuchsia, Teal Blue and Mustard and then used Satin Glaze to stick it to my board.

I knocked it back with a wash of gesso and then, using the coordinating Bubblegum, Vibrant Turquoise and Lemon Zest Dylusions sprays, I started spraying at the top and letting it run down and across my canvas, blotting as I went:

Here's where it got out of control!

In desperation I added more gesso and then started rubbing at it with an old flannel (very useful tool) taking off some of the surface as I went:

I was determined to persevere, so thought I'd add some stamping. I stamped the two images onto acetate, flipped them over and painted on the back, using the same sprays with some Snowflake paint to get the same colour tones. When dry I painted over with the Snowflake.

After sticking it to the canvas with Satin Glaze, I added some white paint stamping to lighten it up a bit. I just used parts of the girl stamp for this.

Then out came the Grunge Paste coloured with Mermaid paint and some lovely Lin Brown poppies. It was only at this point that I thought I might be okay!

 I added a little Limelight Fresco paint to the stalks, Fuchsia stamping to the poppy heads using the same stamp as before and outlined all the flowers with a soft pencil that I then rubbed over with a cotton bud.

And here we are, a couple of close ups:

And the motto of this story is - never give up!

Until next time, Helen.

A huge thank you to Helen from all at PaperArtsy HQ for this post, it is always fascinating to see the creative process, to see the things that go wrong and how you have rescued the project. It really did turn out great and does not need the 'alternative' title. 

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Helen said...

Well done, what a bright beautiful canvas - yes, been there, done that.. usually give up though so good on you!

Julie Lee said...

Wow! What a good thing you persevered! This became such a beautiful piece of work in the end. I really love the colours you used and those stencils look amazing. They really bring the whole thing together. Julie Ann xx

Keren Baker said...

I think this is stunning- love the pastels mixed with the brights. Had you not told us, we'd have never known you had to 'rescue' it!

Liesbeth Fidder said...

Wooooow ! Wonderful Helen !

Anonymous said...

That is so gorgeous Helen. Fantastic colours & I love the stencilled GP on top.

Kathi said...

I'm so glad that you pushed through your rough patch to end up with this fabulous piece.

You're so clever to use the Dylusions to tint Snowflake FF acrylic paint! I never, ever would have thought of that!

craftytrog said...

So glad you persevered Helen, your canvas is wonderful! xxx

Craftyfield said...

The queen of clean and bright colours in a muddy mess.. yeah right! I know about mud, believe mem and this isn't it! The acetate is a good idea and overall I'd be pleased with myself If I'd managed that.

Etsuko said...

What a beautiful panel! Gorgeous techniques and colours with background. Fab LP stamps and love LB's stenciling idea. Always I love your projects xxx

GrĂ¡inne said...

wow, that's just overwhelming! I truly and thoroughly love this. Suzanne

Kezzy said...

Wow so glad you didnt give up as this is totally awesome, I love the rubbed off look and the vibrant colours, then the stamping on acetate and grunge paste looks amazing :-) Kezzy xxx

Sid said...

Fab canvas Helen !!

Sioux P said...

Oh Helen well done, I think it looks fabulous. Always love your work, thanks for all the inspiration and fab tutorial

Cocofolies said...

Wow! Really gorgeous!!! Hugs, Coco x