Thursday, 13 August 2015

Playing with old stamps, H2O paints and a canvas ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I decided to play with an old Kanban stamp set, an old ’ish’ Clarity stamp, H2O paints and one of my mini canvas panels this week and here it is …

5"x7" canvas 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Allsorts Challenge #323 Inspired by Summer
Country View Crafts Challenge Summer
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge Use Pens and/or Pencils
DRS Designs Rubber Stamps Challenge #187 You Left Me Hanging 
Fab N Funky Challenge #270 Things With Wings
Stamplorations Challenge Stamps and Watercolours
Sweet Stamps Challenge Anything Goes

I wanted to create a canvas that didn’t have layers of paper on it.  I decided to experiment with how a stamped impression I would get using stamps directly onto the canvas.  I used my big 5” x 7” skinny acrylic block because I wasn’t confident that I would get the bird cage and the two birds straight by using the Rock-a-Blocks. 

I’ve used Rock-a-Blocks for the last couple of years.  Before I purchased them I used Claritystamp handles.  I decided to change because I was not happy with the quality of the stamping after using Claritystamp handles.  I was also having a lot of problems getting the whole image stamped onto the canvas/card/paper.

First of I a thin layer of gesso over the whole canvas to give it a tooth for stamping and colouring.  Once dry I created a very pale blue H2O paint wash and brushed it across the whole canvas and left that to dry. 

In the photos you can see how softly I went in (I added more colour to the lower third once all the images were the right colour).  I have a tendency to be heavy handed with inks/paints and most other medium so I’m trying to train myself to start at the pale end of the colour spectrum.  I can always add more but it’s hard to remove if it’s too deep or colourful and I left it to dry overnight.

The next day I stamped the birds with Cobalt blue and used my heat gun to ‘dry’ the ink.  I need to be careful when doing this as if I get too close to the canvas the gesso that’s underneath the H2O bubbles.  Again I put it to one side overnight.
Then I grabbed my H2O paints and Sakura Sparkle gel pens and started to colour the images in.  The pale colours (like the two birds) were coloured with H2O paints:  I added a lot of water to the tub.  Because I’m trying to use up the rest of my pens before they finally die on me (must be 10 years old) I used my Sakura gel pens to colour the flowers and leaves, as well as adding more definition to the not perfectly stamped image: simples!

I am happy with the end result and it was great to just play for fun because I had a lot of fun creating this one!  It will go into the ‘Christmas Presents’ box – I think mum will love it :=)

I have candy that is open world wide to new and old Followers.  I would love it if my current Followers were to add their name too, for the post with the link you need to go here

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week  ttfn Karen x

Tools & Supplies
Kanban stamp set: not sure of the name it is the two sets that had the birdcage, the birds and flowers in it #
Claritystamp Ltd: flourish stamp #

Miscellaneous Tools:
Heat gun; paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle of water

Card Paper:
The Works: 5” x 7”  canvas #

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Ranger Cobalt Blue IP
H2O paints
Sakura pens

# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 5 years old


Craftnut said...

Thanks for joining my theme at allsorts tracy x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Karen, what a very pretty canvas, I love the stamped images and their colours, must try a canvas some time, hugs Kate x

Ellie Knol said...

This is so gorgeous... with yummy colours...
Thanks for joining the Craft Stamper's TIMI challenge!
xxx Ellie Knol xxx

Bonnie said...

This is such a pretty canvas, Karen! I think your Mum will love it! Thanks for sharing it with us at Happy Little Stampers.

NGCARDS said...

A wonderful creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

rachel said...

wonderful canvas Karen - great summer scene - lovely! Thanks for joining us at Countryview crafts too! Big hugs rachel x

Carol said...

You've achieved a very pretty result here Karen...great stamping and colouring. Your Mum will love it. Carol x

Maura Hibbitts said...

So pretty, love the shimmer! Thanks for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Sally H said...

Wow, Karen! What a stunning canvas! Never thought of using H2Os on canvas, but this looks amazing! I have joined your followers, but don't worry about counting me in on the candy - if I got any more at the moment I think my hubby would file for divorce, lol!

Sally H said...

meant to say thank you so much for your gorgeous comment about Meg xxx

Taunya Butler said...

This is so lovely and just such a masterpiece!! I love the exquisite details in your images - the butterflies are super gorgeous and this whole thing just shows what an artistic soul you are!! Happy day to you!!!

Sue said...

This is really pretty Karen, I love the delicate blues and the lovely shimmer. Thanks for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

Debs Smith said...

Lovely canvas Karen, I love H2o's and the effects you can achieve with them,so versatile! Thanks for joining in the fun at The Artistic Stamper

ellyscard creatief said...

Gorgeous canvas creation.

Linda said...

Beautiful canvas ..... Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge .... Good luck! Linda xx

Inky Kitty said...

What beautiful stamping and colouring, thank you for joining in this months challenge over on The Artistic Stampers blog.

chanya13 said...

Fabulous card with lovely colors and design.Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations. Agnieszka DT

Wei Wei Wang said...

Such a pretty canvas! Love your lovely scene. Thank you for sharing at STAMPlorations.

butterfly said...

Such a fresh and pretty canvas!
Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges.
Alison x