Monday, 29 April 2013

Snazzy's DT Project showcasing the Gallerie Wrap Canvas (posted by Lesley)



Hello again Snazzy's visitors,

Wow, the months sure are flying and we're almost in May although the weather can't seem to make it's mind up, lol!

As you know, this month the DT kit is a Gallerie Wrap Canvas which includes frames that you can make up yourself AFTER you have done your artwork while the canvas is flat.  I would point out that any 3D elements would probably need to be attached after the frame has been constructed (as was my flower) but any painting, inking, stamping, stencilling etc., can all be done first.  This means that your design can go right to the edge of the canvas which will be wrapped round the sides of the frame.  Clear as mud? Never mind you'll see what I mean shortly.

I decided to go in a totally opposite direction to Gillian's fabulous project last week and my canvas is very clean and simple to look at.  I just hope my (leaves a lot to be desired) photography does it justice, lol!


There are several sizes you can make the frames into.  I chose the largest which is approx 31 cm x 20.5 cm. First of all I applied Grunge Paste mixed with a smidge of Crafty Notions Puff Paint through two different stencils (these were from my own stash but Snazzy's do stock a selection) in opposite corners of the canvas.  Keep in mind the canvas is flat at this point and I tried to judge it so that the design went right to the edges which would form the sides of the canvas when framed.  After heat setting this to make it puff and once I was sure it was completely set, I painted the whole canvas with a mix of small amounts of dusky mauve acrylic paints added to lots of white.  I knew that covering such a large piece of canvas I was never going to get a completely even colour so I didn't worry about that too much but just kept it as close as I could each time I had to mix a new batch.

                                     




I then used three different Chocolate Baroque flowers to stamp onto Grungepaper.  I really just wanted the outlines and I stamped two of each and then cut them out.  I painted the top side with the same shades as the canvas and the under side with the darkest colour in my mix except for the very bottom layer which I painted dark both sides.  I then ran each flower layer through an embossing folder to give them some texture and then rolled the edges of the petals before layering them together with glue, finally adding the metal heart (Snazzy's have a lovely selection of embellishments) to the centre.  I found the Grungepaper seemed to take and hold the embossing better once painted but unfortunately I couldn't get it to show on the photos.

These pics show how the texture paste designs continue over the sides of the canvas.


 This was partly an experiment with the Grunge Paste and Puff Paint because I wanted to see if it would 'bend' over the edges and it wasn't bad at all ............ thank goodness or that would have been one canvas wasted, lol!  There was a small amount of cracking but I think a bit more experimenting with ratios of GP to PP and I might even be able to eliminate it.


Using the elements in the kit, I constructed the frame onto the back of the canvas before fixing the flower to the front.
 
 In this instance because I wanted to rely on the texture for the design I resisted my usual inclination to use inks through stencils/masks followed by stamping but this method of using canvas would be brilliant to enable you to stamp, etc., round the sides.  I even resisted adding a focal quotation to this project because I wanted lots of empty space but I could easily do this at a later stage if desired.  For now I like it blank.


Because of the monochrome colour of this project I hope the photos aren't too boring.  In real life the texture is lovely.

Well that's it from me this time around.  Don't forget to leave a comment on Gillian's post HERE if you want to be in the draw for this kit and our Minxy will be here next week with her project ......... that's bound to be something interesting! 

Till next time


EDIT
Sorry but I just realised I missed something ;-) !  I made a little stencil of my own with a piece of acetate and a long reach small hole punch so that I could add dots of texture round the top right area to tie it to the bottom left and I also added more dots to what became the bottom left side area.  I had to do a bit at a time drying the texture paste with a heat tool before going on to the next bit.  (Thanks Nicky for reminding me with your comment about the dots, lol!)

23 comments:

inkypinkycraft said...

This is gorgeous and I love how wonderfully you have carried the design around the sides! The gorgeous flower looks pride of place! A gorgeous make hugs trace x

Helen said...

wow, Lesley this looks fabulous, and how great that you can bend the GP round bends!!! I can imagine how gorgeous it looks IRL.

Maryann said...

This is soo beautiful Leslie, and I love that you´ve kept it simple , if we can call it that, but it looks really great, and I love all the texture to it. Really beautiful work.

isisimaginings.com said...

That is so beautiful!!! The texture created by the Grunge Paste & Puff Paint is terrific & the flower looks perfect.

rachel said...

this is just amazing - beautiful mixture of mediums and a fabulous result xx

Paula Whittaker said...

looks so delicate....fab project Lesley.

Minxy said...

A contrast to Gillians indeed.
I love the simplistic approach you have taken, It makes for a stunning piece, and I love the textured dots that tie both stencil patterns together.

Redanne said...

This is the kind of piece that you just want to get hold of and feel.....the texture looks amazing and I love your beautiful flower.

Beryl said...

It's beautiful Lesley. The lovely masks look so delicate and the 'grunge' flower is gorgeous.
Beryl xx

Elaine said...

This is gorgeous Lesley. This is a deceptive project, getting that sort of finish with the paste takes a lot of skill, it is really gorgeous and your pics show just how consistent your finish is. The colour is so delicate and lovely. The flower as always with your flowers is beautifully constructed. I agree with Redanne, this is one of those projects I would love to have in my hands and run my fingers over that texture. Well done. Elaine x

Astrid Maclean said...

Lesley I love you minimalist take on this project! The texture elements, as others have said, is totally masterful and so clever the way it wraps around the edges! The little cracks you say appeared (can't see them) could just be viewed as a special design element. The flower really makes this whole canvas pop!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

WOW this is stunning Lesley, I love the texture, and your flower is beauiful. What a great product.

Sue x

judith@poppy cottage said...

A lovely project Lesley, the dots really tie both stencils together. The colours are right up my street, as you can imagine, and the minimalist style of the whole piece is beautiful. I am sure that IRL, the texture is gorgeous. I really like the texture running over the sides of the canvas, it looks great. Judith xx

Suzi B said...

Oh Lesley this is so delightful just gorgeous I love the sencils ... I also like the fact that the design goes round the edges...
I shall have to look out for these Wrap canvas things at the Snazzy booth when I'm at HSNW..
Suzi B xx

snazzyoriginal said...

Such an elegant piece - takes a lot of skill to achieve such a beautifully clean finish. It would be a stunning effect as a base for a wedding photograph too. Great use of the Gallerie Wrap concept xx

Craftychris said...

ooh this is absolutely stunning! I love it! xx

veronica said...

just gorgeous Lesley! love the textures and the colours

Gillian .... said...

Beautiful clean but yet so full of texture, love what you have achieved Lesley. x

Kyla said...

Fabulous, I love the idea of mixing puff paint into the paste-very effective.

Kyla

Paula (PEP) said...

That's some texture that I can see & I love the smoothness of your flower with the dimension - super contrast against the textured background & I love how detailed those leaves are over the edge. I can definitely see the texture in your photo so it must be absolutely exquisite in real life.
Paula (PEP)

butterfly said...

So beautiful, Lesley - the puffy texture paste is absolutely wonderful, especially how it drapes over the side of the canvas, and the whole piece is so gorgeous ethereal - lovely!
Alison x
(Sorry I'm so late getting round... I don't think Blogger's been sending me updates properly.)

Christine D said...

this is lovely, so subtle and spacious.

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful! I love the effect of the white stencils onto the white canvas. Lovely addition of the dots! Gorgeous canvas!