Monday 9 February 2015

2015 #3 Colour Canvas {by Lynne Moncrieff}

2015 Theme 3: Paint

Hi everyone, Lynne Moncrieff (Adorn) joining you this evening with a post focusing on Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints for you. 

Frescos are the feature of this canvas, whether applied straight from the bottle to create colour and texture directly on the canvas, or to paint white cardstock in preparation for the stamped components of the canvas.  For the painted cardstock, I set about mixing Frescos to create bespoke colours. The resultant colours are not intended as substitutes for any particular Fresco Finish Acrylic, the idea is to extend the working power of your favourite Frescos.

The newly designed Sara Naumann stamp sets influenced the style of my canvas which has a whimsical nature to it.  

A base layer of pattern and texture was laid down on the box canvas in the form of floral fabric, muslin and vintage book text adhered with Golden Regular Gel Medium Matt with Grunge Paste applied through sequin waste. 

Once dry, working in a random fashion I applied new Fresco Finish Acrylic paints:- Buff, Banana Southern Skies, Prawn, Jade, Blue Oyster, Glass Blue and Blueberry with an artist palette knife. When finished with applying the Frescos I randomly applied white Gesso. Between layers of paint I would mist with water, allowing the paint to drip down the panel. A final touch of dry brushed Gesso to highlight the texture achieved from the Grunge Paste
When happy with the canvas it was time to move to the next step ...


Southern Skies, Blueberry, Wisteria and Vanilla were mixed before applying with a foam brush to a stamp from ESN15.  This was randomly stamped directly onto the canvas.  (Note that this stamp was used later in the project as the centre for the flower.)


Inking the music score from ESN13 with Staz-on Jet Black I randomly stamped onto the canvas.  I repeated with the handwritten script stamp from this same set. 

At this stage the canvas was laid aside allowing me to focus on painting cardstock which was painted in different colours for the various stamped components. For the first sheet of cardstock the photo below shows the quantities I mixed of:- Prawn, Bougainvillea, Wisteria and Vanilla before applying with a baby wipe.

Did you guess that the bird's wing forms the bloom? Once I had stamped enough wings forthe bloom I continued stamping as the wing, when cut lengthwise, forms the scalloped border for the top and bottom edges of the canvas. The bird's wing also creates the leave for the flower. This little bird is such a useful stamp!

Leftover paint from the above step was applied to a length of seam binding with a baby wipe (Once dry apply a light application of Gel Medium and twist the length of seam binding.  Leave to dry.). For the star, after stamping, I  applied Fresco Finish Metallic Glaze.

Let me share some detail photographs of the finished canvas. 

It was after the stamped elements were adhered and I stepped back from the canvas that I decided to add details with a Sharpie white paint pen and randomly stamped the handwritten text from ESN15 with Staz-on Jet Black ink.

Then stamping with paint, the linked circles from ESN13.  

Colour Paint Recipes:-
Petals and Scallop Edging:- Prawn, Bougainvillea, Wisteria and Vanilla
Flower Centre:- Smurf, Banana and Vanilla
Star and Word Tiles:- Banana and Vanilla + Metallic Glaze
Bird:- Glass Blue and Banana
Bird's wing and Leaves:- Blue Oyster, Banana and Vanilla

The world of colour is still a relatively new place for me to venture into and I never could imagine that I would create a canvas so embracing of colour. I hope this blog post will inspire you whether you are new to stamping with paint or mixing your own paint colours. As beautiful as Frescos are when applied directly from the bottle, just imagine the possibilities you have at your fingertips for creating a whole new world of colour to play with.  

Lynne (Adorn)

We love your exploration into colour on this project and that you worked out with your comfort zone. The new additions to the Fresco Finish paint family look wonderful applied to texture with their true colour pigments remaining intact. We can't wait to see how they will be used. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous project and your colour paint recipies Lynne.

We would love you to join in with challenge #3: Paint. If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Fresco Paints link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Feb 22nd, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Unknown said...

This canvas is beautiful Lynne. Your colour blending and experimenting skills are top notch. Fabulous:). Xxx.

Miriam said...

Gorgeous work - such a beautiful canvas.

Hazel Agnew said...

This is such an inspiring canvas Lynne. I like the idea of misting in between colours and the White gesso shows up the texture beautifully. Such a good idea to mix new paint colours! Exciting stuff, thanks! X

Craftyfield said...

Luscious colours and textures!

Helen said...

what a fabulous canvas, I love the colour combinations.

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous canvas, I love the bright colours.

Annie said...

Fabulous colour really rocked this project. I love the wonderful texture and the stamps are stunning. Definitely on my wish list.
Great step by step too
Huge hugs Annie

craftytrog said...

Wonderful colours and a beautiful composition Lynne!
Alison xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Gorgeous, Lynne, lovely colours and texture!

Lucy x

JoFY said...

Love it! really nice colour choices :o)

Julie Lee said...

Loved following your adventures with this canvas, Lynne. There is so much to learn here - the paint recipes as well as the great tip for creating the stem with the seam binding. I love all the texture too. A lovely and inspiring project. xx

craftimamma said...

Wonderful canvas Lynne with gorgeous colours and wonderful mix of stamps. Lots of interesting and very effective techniques shown too.

Lesley Xx

rachel said...

absolutely awesome canvas Lynne - the colours and texture are amazing - lots of fun here - I bet you had very painty hands once you had finished! Big hugs Rachel x

Etsuko said...

Lovely colours and techniques of the background. Wonderful using the new Sarah's stamps. xxx

Redanne said...

Oh wow Lynne, what a stunning canvas! This is so different for you but it looks absolutely amazing! Anne xx

Cocofolies said...

Oh Lynne... I am SO in LOVE with your wonderful canvas!!!! What a fantastic post and brilliant artwork you have succeeded to make, so full of bright colours to the glory of the new paints (after reading you I want them ALL, as well as these two stamps sets I already liked much and now I love!). I adore this and your explanations are fantastic! Hugs, Coco xx

Colleen said...

These colors are amazing, thanks so much for stepping out of your comfort zone to help us see the potential. I only have a few colors of Fresco paint right now so I may just mix a few and see what I can come up with. Great idea with the seam binding, thanks

Gerrie Johnnic said...

lynne, I think they made the paints and stamps special order just for you!

~*~Patty S said...

Beautiful canvas and those pretty paints got along famously!

Dorthe said...

Oh Lynne, I never thought I would see you use those colours together, lol- but the end result is wonderful, dear. Your great texture and the stricking colours makes it so happy, and fun- and I love how you used the birds wing to create the flower and the edges,- YES ,hehe, I guessed it before reading, dear friend .
Also your background stamping of all kinds looks fantastic !!
Dorthe xx

Renee said...

I love not only your use of color here but also the textures! Absolutely amazing and beautifully done. Very spring-like, something we certainly need after this harsh winter weather.

PaperArtsy said...

I love it when you do the bright shades Lynne! It looks wonderful!Everything about this canvas ticks all the bright colour boxes for me, this is so totally my preferred colour palette at the moment!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love your colors and texture- and really like the step by step pictures!

Art By Wanda said...

Beautiful!!! I really like how you've used color and the palette knife in the background.

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow loving the bright funky colours, totally awesome. Kezzy :-) xxx