Friday 17 February 2017

2017 #2 Canvas in Green {by Sue Carrington}

 2017 Topic 2: Masks

Feeling the need for a bit of interior decor? Check out Sue's easy and coordinated layering ideas from masks to papers. All you need is a few Frescos some lumps of texture and tadaaa! Fun and very satisfying!

Hi everyone Sue here from Stamping Sue Style.

Fab to be here on the PA blog tonight! I've chosen to share with you a canvas using lots of layering of masks.

Masks are not so different from stencils to use, you can still use layers and you still get amazing effects when you use one over the top of the another. Being a big fan of making my own backgrounds and masterboards, masks are just another way to get fantastic results.

Leaving space so that you can see the fabulous detail the masks have created is something I love to do. In fact I rather liked this canvas without any of the embellishments, plus I decided to go with my favourite colours greens and blues!

Starting with a pale colour always feels like it's a waste of time sometimes as when the darker colours follow it's mainly covered over, but when you see those little pockets of light it adds so much depth and I love to see it!

When I'm creating a project I always think in layers; background, middle and top, this doesn't exactly mean that these need to be on top of each other but it's the layers of detail. The Art Stones have created the top layer and without them I felt like something just wasn't quite right. A little glaze of Slate added some contrast over the stones.

Using texture is so important to me. Masks are fabulous to use with Grunge Paste , it reveals all the detail so perfectly, and you get a solid result which is great to paint and then sand.

Working around the corners on chunky canvases really finishes it off, especially when it's hung on the wall and you can see it from different angles.

Adding white to the mix is something I like to do and stamping with Snowflake is great on these canvases as the paint sucks on to the canvas surface which helps a lot as there's no support to press on. A little flicking of watered down Snowflake and Gold Fresco Finish just make it not so neat and tidy in my eyes.

The sentiment stamp is from one of Emma's new are the masks I used...all to be revealed in full next week!

I've really enjoyed this project as it's doing what I love, using masks gives a twist on stencilling but still gives wonderful results. Sometimes I have an idea but not sure that it will work so the magic when the mask is removed and you see the patterns and colours work together is what crafting is all about for me ! Using masks with paints, pastes and sprays are all great ways to achieve patterns, colours and textures, so give it a go !


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It the small details that fascinate. The sanded Grunge Paste, dollops of Prima beads, flicks of paint, and the Sentiment is perfect too! Marvellous project Sue!

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Helen said...

A stunning project, Sue, in gorgeous colours! I was lucky enough to grab some of those sneaky new masks on Sunday.

SewPaperPaint said...

It's great to see you creating again Sue! I've certainly missed your wonderful style and creativity! This is absolutely gorgeous, in fact I would love to recreate it again to a T! Love every bit and texture and color! Hugs, Autumn

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely glorious, sue! I love seeing the texture of the canvas coming through!

Lucy x

Kirsten said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colours & the different textures look amazing.

Unknown said...

Love this. Deceptively simple and gorgeous layering.

Art By Wanda said...

Gorgeous canvas!!!

Julie Lee said...

Wonderfully textured canvas. I love the way the project spills over the sides of the canvas too! Gorgeous! xx

Ruth said...

Love those sea green colours, another beautiful project Sue..Gorgeous! Ruth x

Words and Pictures said...

A really lovely canvas, Sue - fabulous colours, textures and of course layers. Great tips along the way for creating depth and highlights - loads of masking inspiration, thanks.
Alison x

Artmadnana said...

Ooh love all those layers Sue. I neeeed those stencils/masks.

Annie said...

Love the depth created in varying the tones and the amazing details of the masks too

A fabulous home decor piece and a great sentiment

TFS and best wishes
Annie x

Etsuko said...

Absolutely gorgeous canvas!! The effect of the masks looks so fantastic and fabulous textures and beautiful colours. xx

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous canvas! I love the 3D embellishment clusters as well as the background!

Lauren Hatwell said...


Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous canvas Sue - I love your combination of colours and all those wonderful textures.

Corrie Herriman said...

Stunning ! x

Maureen Reiss said...


Miriam said...

I love this canvas Sue.... beautiful

Claire said...

So beautiful Sue - I really love it! X

Mac Mable said...

Glorious project, love the colours and all the texture and techniques. Thank you for the step by step x

craftimamma said...

What a stunning canvas Sue. Gorgeous colours and layering. Fabulous work!

Lesley Xx

Hazel Agnew said...

A beautifully refreshing canvas Sue! Xx