Monday, July 25, 2016

Add some texture...

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Sail Away/Nautical" challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...
and the theme for this week is...
I decided to decorate a canvas...a project which turned out completely different from what I had planned...

I started off giving the canvas a coat of White Gesso and tore some strips from scraps I had left over from the Prima Timeless Memories paper pad...
fixed them in place with Gel Medium to create a textured collage effect and gave it a light wash of White Gesso to soften it down a bit. I know what you're this stage it looks like a bit of dog's dinner but sometimes you have to stick with it in the belief it will get better...
I die cut letters from card covered with scrumbled up Tissue Wrap using the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Wordplay Die...
did a little bit of stamping using Tim Holtz  Mixed Media Stamp Set inked with Potting Soil Archival Ink and added the die cut letters and some individual flowers cut from Prima Plumeria Floral Lace...
another light coat of Gesso on the letters and flowers and the addition of Art Basics Mini Art Stones..silver beads and tiny sequins from Lilac Lane's Minty Fresh Embellishment Bottle Kit and voila it's beginning to come together. At this stage I had planned to go in with some Distress Spray Stains but decided I rather liked the soft sepia look so no point in over-egging the pudding...time to quit whilst I was ahead...
I added some twine loops...a Prima Penmanship flower and leaves spritzed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Spray Stain...

created shadows around the lettering and lace flowers using the Walnut Stain Distress Marker and Detailer Water Brush...added Ranger Texture Paste through the Splotches Stencil from Mini Layering Stencil Set...
and added some buttons from my stash...
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Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Kath -- This is marvelous. Love the monochromatic palette. Thanks for the walk through on your process. I laughed out loud when I saw "... it looks like a bit of dog's dinner but sometimes you have to stick with it in the belief it will get better". AMEN! I usually say, "Well, I can't make any worse than it is!" I must add that I have proven myself wrong on occasion :) This canvas represents the essence of creating art. It is beautiful with all its texture and layers and creativity. I am inspired to create today. Thanks for the inspiration! -- Mary Elizabeth

  2. WOW Kath this is fabulous, loving the textures and wonderful colours. Enjoy your week and I hope you have lots of creative fun!
    Linda xxx

  3. Hi Kath. Wow this is stunning. All the different textures, and colours. Only wish I could do such wonderful work!! Hope you have a great week. Hugs for Buddy. Hugs. Jan.x

  4. This looks wonderful Kath. Such a lovely colour scheme.
    Toni xx

  5. Amazing. Loved seeing the process!!

  6. Kath, this is amazing! I love everything about it, all the texture, the colors and all the elements and details you put into your gorgeous project. Amazing!

    Cathie ♥

  7. Stunning!! the whole design of this is absolutely gorgeous, I love how you go from a dogs dinner to a beautiful work of art! haha. LOVE IT :-)

    Lols x x x

  8. Love to see your creative process and love this mixed media version of your works!!!! Love the natural palette you used!!! Fantastic! Barbara

  9. Oh wow Kath, your canvas is stunning, I love how you layered up the papers and added the wonderful textures - especially those little art stones. This is such an inspiring piece of art, you never fail to impress! Apologies for my late visit, have a friend over from California. Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Love the collage work, Kath! Looks fab!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. Kath, you have so much beautiful texture in your piece! I love the sepia look. I had to laugh when I read about "over egging the pudding"!! :) It really is fun when your work leads you on a different path than where you were headed, takes you to some amazing places!

  12. Oh this is a stunner Kath! This is so my cup of tea! Would look utterly gorgeous on my wall. ;-) x

  13. Oh yeah! You have absolutely created art with this project.
    I love the texture made with micro beads and the letters done with book pages.
    Beautiful shabby effect. Hugs, Marzena

  14. I absolutely adore your canvas, Kath! The neutral color scheme is soothing & yet there's so much interest! In my dreams I get to sit next to you & learn to do this!

  15. Love love your gorgeous creation! The colors and the texture are amazing!

  16. Gorgeous piece of shabby chic art! :) The neutral colour palette is just beautiful and I adore all the texture and detail you've incorporated into it... Hugs xxx