Sadly this post is not a tribute to the 80’s pop group that brought us classics such as Agadoo. It is instead a lovely canvas art project that I recently completed.
It began with some patterned paper and a canvas and as with last week’s canvas was a very organic project – meaning that it grew with no final design in mind.
I’m afraid that I can’t tell you who makes the paper but I did get it from my local Coleman’s stationers and it was 49p per sheet.
Lush, isn’t it?!
To start the canvas off I used Mod Podge paper glue to adhere the paper to the canvas.
After that had dried I then roughed up the edges with a sanding block.
To darken down the edges I applied a combination of Versacolor/Versacraft (grey and black) inkpads followed by Galeria Acrylic black paint.
In a recent post I highlighted a few ways that I had used a Balzer Designs stencil to create a range of different finishes. I thought that that design would work well for this canvas but wanted to lighten the central area on which it would sit so I got some Galeria Acrylic white paint (heavily watered it down) and smeared around the middle of the canvas with a sponge.
I gave the whole canvas a blast of the heat gun in order to make sure that all areas were dry before I began the next bit.
For the flowers I positioned the stencil and used Perfect Medium to ink through it (with a sponge dauber) and then applied some Inkadinkado black embossing powder and heat set it with the heat gun.
After all of that fiddling, this is where I was at.
Nice! I was quite impressed given that I had no idea where this going to go when I started.
For the final decorative elements I added some Anita’s mini pearls with dots of Pearlescent PVA from Cosmic Shimmer. The pattern was created by a gem placement template that I have had for a long time.
At this point I felt that the black embossing was a little “matt” and didn’t have enough shine to it so I decided to add some gloss medium to sort that out and make them “pop”.
I then I also added some gems to the seed areas of the flowers.
Ok, it was at this point that I decided to stop. It’s a hard choice to decided when something is finished or not.
All I really thought was that there was no way that I could make this any more than it was without overdoing it. Odd for me really as I seem to be a “more is more” (which is odd really as I have always been a fan of minimal designs).
I went off to photograph the finish piece so that I could show you however when I photographed this I actually ended up photographing it upside down! I clearly was NOT paying attention, lol!
Oddly however it actually looked quite good. It has an almost halloween/spidery feel to it.
Or is it? I can’t really decide – I think that I am leaning towards the upside down way – but then I won’t bore you with my inability to choose and I should bring this post to a close.
Pretty cool isn’t it? I was very happy with the final result, especially as I had no idea that it was going to look like this when I started out, lol!
What do you think?
If you have any questions or comments about it, please feel free to use the comments section below.
Until next time, au revoir!