Saturday, 15 April 2017

Double Duty ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your Easter weekend is going well. I’ve been playing with my alcohol inks once again this time I wanted to see if I could use them in two different ways with two mini canvas and here is the first one …

It's a super cute little one, although not as small as the second one
Lots of lovely alcohol ink, texture paste and crackle paint!  

Here is my second mini canvas ...

The paint strokes can be seen from it's previous use
I was a little too heavy handed with the texture paste but I quite like that
A final look at this one
And a final look at this one

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
I used three colours and three die cut butterflies
Creative Artiste Challenge #25 Anything Mixed Media Goes
 Double D Challenge Neon/Brights
I have used my alcohol inks in two ways:
#1 to be the star of my project, #2 to be as a background element
The embossing paste has been used in two ways:
#1 to be a background element, #2 the background is the star!
The stencils has been used in two ways:
#1 to be a background element, #2 to be the star of the project
and to be used on any and all projects in any style
Love to Scrap Challenge LTSCB#96 Anything Goes
April: I was inspired by the yummy pink ice cream and the beautiful colours!
 Mix It Up Challenge Blog  
Just For Fun a new mixed media challenge blog and I want to play! 

I wanted to create two canvas using similar materials and similar techniques. These were old miniature canvas that weren't working for me and because I didn't like the way they looked so I decided to upcycle them. I carefully removed anything that was glued to them and I was lucky because the larger canvas already had texture paste so I only needed one layer of gesso before adding the alcohol inks. The smaller canvas was very rough so I applied two layers of gesso, then the alcohol inks and then the texture paste. I also used the same colours on both, blue, pink and yellow and I was going to use butterflies on each one too.

I was worried that the alcohol ink might absorb into the smaller canvas and drip out on the reverse. Luckily it didn't soak through the way I was worried but it has absorbed some of the alcohol ink in the centre and I think that's why it has a round orange circle! I tried to move the colours with alcohol ink blending solution but that didn't work. It obviously needed at least another coat of gesso or maybe matt medium to stop the alcohol ink absorbing into the canvas. Once I had covered the canvas I used a stencil and added the texture paste through the flower stencil. I've owned the black texture paste for a while and I'm wondering if that's why it's started to seep under the stencil so I am going to do my best to use it quickly.

Along with using the alcohol inks on the larger canvas I was also able to use the alcohol ink blending solution to move the ink around and I am so very happy with the look that I achieved on the larger canvas. Because I wanted the background to be the star on the larger canvas I also applied a layer of Rock Candy Crackle paint. You can see in the close up photographs the extra texture that has given to the canvas and the beautiful shimmer too. The background is now the star of that project! Once again I learnt from this experiment and it was so much fun, lol! 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 soon ttfn Karen x

Imagination Crafts stencil
Stamplorations stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Cuttlebug die cutting machine
Crafters Companion Inspiration Magazine #9 Spring die
Crafters Companion Sara Davies Butterfly Lullaby Flit & Flutter set
Miscellaneous Tools:
Palette knife

Two small canvas
Snippets: white card and velvet paper
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Wild Plum, Denim and Butterscotch Ranger Alcohol Inks
Rock Candy Crackle paint
Maimeri Texture Paste
Dreamweaver Matt Black embossing paste
Collall all purpose glue


Susan Hogan said...

Love me some mixed media! Both are truly beautiful and great use of die cuts. They certainly are 'to die for'! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us at Unstampabelles.

Amelia Breytenbach said...

Such a lovely project, the colors are fantastic! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Double "D" Challenges.
Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)

Loose Stitches said...

Both are very beautiful! Thank you for joining us at our 'Just For Fun Challenge' at Mix It Up Challenge Blog. We hope to see you again.
~DT Sherry x

Darlene said...

WOW! Great job! Love your choice of colors and texture! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Neon / Brights’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

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Robin said...

Wonderful canvases! Love the butterflies! Thanks for playing along with us at LTSCB and good luck! Hugs, Robin

Sara Barker said...

Wow, Karen! Your two canvases are amazing abstract art! I am so impressed with how you managed your Double Duty on the two projects, using one product as the background on one, and the star on the other-how clever! Great job! Thank you for sharing these with us at Emerald Creek Dares for our Double Duty dare! Hugs!

Sara Barker said...

Ha! Ha! I'm back with a Creative Guide hat on! Thank you, too for joining in our Magic of Three challenge at A Vintage Journey! I see that you also have three flowers! Hugs!

Scrappin Sue said...

Looks great
Thanks for sharing at Creative Artiste Challenges x

Shylaa Shree said...

beautiful textures and the butterfly diecut is very beautiful to the abstract background. Thank you for joining us at Unstampabelles Challenge.
Shylaa DT

Anonymous said...

Great mixed media. Thanks for sharing with us at Unstampabelles.

Brenda said...

Your canvas's are just amazing Karen! Nice job with the mix media and alcohol inks!! Hugs, Brenda

SARN said...

Great repurposed canvases​ Karen. Love how they turned out xxx

Leslie said...

Another gorgeous project! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Mix It Up Challenge Blog's "Just For Fun" challenge! Will be looking forward to seeing you again when our regular challenge line-up begins on May 1st!
Leslie, MIUCB DT
Love To Scrap 2

Tanja said...

love the texture - thanks for sharing your project at the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge

Julia Aston said...

Two lovely canvas creations using your bright alcohol inks Karen! Wonderful texture with the black stenciled flowers on the smaller one and pretty butterflies on both! Thank you for joining us in the A Vintage Journey challenge this month! Julia xx