Friday 20 November 2015

2015 #21: Textured Canvas {by Ruth Mescall}

 2015 Topic 21: Abstract Art

Hi everyone, Ruth here from a love to create joining you this evening to share a textured canvas panel inspired by the large glass wall art of Jenn Meador. I love the idea of soft blended strokes of creamy paint separated by gold foiling and with no main image. I’m using the yummy new Limited Edition Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paints to create my painty piece of abstract art.

Step One: I took a 40cm x 15cm box canvas and drew a rough panel across for placement. I then started to paint lines on the bottom section with Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paints in Snowflake, Chalk, Stone, Concrete, Teresa Green, Granny Smith, and Professor Plum.   

Step Two: I used the PaperArtsy set of 10 paint brushes and found the layers building beautifully as the creamy paint went on so smoothly and dried so quickly. I went back to this part several times, blending and layering more each time.

Step Three: At this stage I added some texture to the darker green areas with Golden Glass Bead Gel.

Step Four: Next I covered the top and sides with Grunge Paste then stamped into it with one of the stamps from Eclectica (Ellen Vargo) Collection (EEV07).


Once dry I dry brushed with the neutrals and Teresa Green and brushed the edges with Squid Ink. I then lightly sanded back the grunge paste to reveal some of the original colour.

Step Five: Next to add the central gilded panel. I used the Eclectica (Ellen Vargo) Collection (EEV08) and stamped with a Versamark inkpad across the join. I then used bonding powder which is a sticky embossing powder and after heating applied the foil and burnished whilst hot. I found a cloth wrapped around my finger worked well for this. You can repeat on any areas missed. Having used the gold, I felt it needed something else to tie it in and went back and added touches of pink foil. The effect can be a bit random as the sticky powder can transfer to other areas, and you’re not stamping on a smooth surface, however that’s the beauty of it as well. The scratchy stamps are of course perfect for this technique.


Step Six: At this stage to finish it, I added some more glass bead gel to the plum areas and very, very lightly gilded the bead gel with Treasure Gold in White Fire and Aquamarine on the green areas.

Now the eagle eyed among you may have noticed that the panel kept changing directions and it was only when it was finished and I hung my abstract on the wall and decided it looked better upside down! When I looked at it I felt the colours were running down into the gold and being filtered out leaving the neutrals to flow out. I think that’s why I like abstract art so much, you can put your own spin on it. I hope you might be inspired to test out the paints in a different way or explore alternative ways of adding texture. Finally I just have to say I’m in love with the 2 new greens, may have to stock up on them!
Ruth x
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This is stunning Ruth, I love the mystery of abstract. I love that you kept changing your mind about the direction. It looks almost like a waterfall of colour, i want to peer through and see what is beyond! ~Darcy

We would love you to join in with Challenge #21: Abstract Art

If you would like to join us in some abstract experimentation, then link what you make HERE.

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Kirsten said...

Gorgeous canvas, Ruth! I love the different textures, the glass bead gel looks great.

Hazel Agnew said...

Sorry Kirsten said, we have all forgotten about the blog tonight! Love the contrasts between the sections. Great idea to use glass bead texture and the gilding looks fab! Xx

Julie Lee said...

Wonderful textures and the gold really makes this abstract special! Lovely work, Ruth. xx

Helen said...

This is gorgeous Ruth!

massofhair said...

So beautiful Ruth, reminds me of a Youghiogheny glass panel:-) xxx

craftimamma said...

Ooh, I love this Ruth! Both the colours and the texture are wonderful. The touches of TG on the bead gel is beautiful as is the foiling. I've never tried foiling but must rectify that asap having seen the effect on your lovely canvas!

Lesley Xx

SueC said...

Beautiful Ruth, love the delicate colour palette and the idea of having no main image is wonderful. Sue C x

Redanne said...

Wow Ruth, your colour choices are beautiful and I love the contrast with the gold - the glass beads were a lovely addition to this wonderful canvas! Anne xx

Diana Taylor said...

Lovely work - the colours are so beautiful and I love the texture in the white, it really works with the pop of gold. Wonderful!

Dorthe said...

So beautiful with the goldleafing Ruth, and the wondereful green areas with glass bead gel looks amazing too.
Dorthe xx

Jackie PN said...

Ruth- this is just gorgeous! I absolutely love the minimal use of color and textures- it makes the canvas that much more bolder! So well done!! Jackie ")

craftytrog said...

This is wonderful Ruth, I love the texture, Ellen's stamps are perfect indeed!
Alison xx

Words and Pictures said...

What a brilliant abstract canvas - the colours leading the eye down to all that amazing stamped texture... beautifully done.
Alison xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Really lovely and interesting, Ruth! Sorry to be so late commenting!

Lucy x