Canvas Corp Brands Crew 4×4 Challenge

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As part of our first order of goodies we were given a 4″ x 4″ canvas to decorate in a way that represented us. I used many things in mine to represent different parts of me; this resulted in many layers, also part of me haha.

To start with I added some Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso around the edge of the canvas using a pallet knife. This is representative of the shell I have around me to protect my feelings. Not all the way around but where it counts. While that sat to dry I gathered some parts to add next.

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I found this canvas M in my stash and used Tattered Angels High Impact Paint in Aqua (one of my favorite colors right now) along the edge. I didn’t want to cover the whole thing in it as I felt it would become the main focal point of the canvas rather than being part of a whole. M for my First name.

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I let those sit over-night and came back the next day to begin my layout. I started by adding a piece of lace I received in my first order and positioned some corrugated card over it to help secure it. Lace for my feminine side.

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On top of that I layered a few pieces of burlap and a bit of book text from my stash. Book text because I love reading and old book text in general (Ephemera). Burlap because it is scratchy and I can be hard to be around at times.

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Then I got so involved in adding all my parts I forgot to take some pictures along the way so here you see a cup that was fussy cut from Canvas Corp “Fill the Cup” on Kraft. A spoon from Beans and Bags “Black and Ivory Spoon” these represent my enjoyment of coffee with things added such as creamer and sugar. A little metal bird from my stash that I am not sure where it came from represents my love of birds and nature in general. The 42 bingo marker was also part of my stash and has a double meaning. I turn 42 this year (March) and also Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (I love sci-fi/fantasy). In that book, 42 is The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. On the left side of the canvas is a clothes clip representing “holding it all together” and a bundle of 7Gypsy seam binding from Notting Hill in one of my favorite colors, blue. This is for Lady Blue Studios, my creative name, Blue Crafty (this blog) and a number of other blue related things for me (mood, Air Force Family). There is 4 parts hanging down in reference to my four family members (husband, two kids and myself). The quote comes from Canvas Corp Artsy Sampler on Kraft and perfectly explains my untidy art room and mind at times lol.

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Here is the finished canvas. After looking at it again I decided I needed a bit of washi tape on there because I LOVE washi tape lol. I used a piece from 7Gypsy Global collection and chose the one that looked like ledger paper. I love ledger paper. Then right above the 42 you will see a little symbol. That is called a geotag. I added that little bit on because I love Geocaching and this was the closest I could find to represent it and the little icons in the geocaching app do resemble a geotag. I covered it with Irresistible Pico Embellisher in Paris Dusk. I also went around the edge of the canvas with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo just to tie all the colors together.

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Here is a close-up of the geotag

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Here you get a better view of my little bird and color added to the canvas M

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And here you can see the detail in the spoon handle as it pokes through the cup handle.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my project and the steps involved in making it as well as the meaning behind many of the pieces. Next time you are looking at a piece of art remember that a lot more can go into it that just slapping some paint down or gluing a few items on. Heart goes into it too. I could have added many more bits to represent myself but then my canvas would have been as cluttered as my work-surface lol.

Looking forward to sharing many more projects I create through the year with Canvas Corp Brands and I hope you stick with me. Don’t forget I also do videos on YouTube that you can watch each week.
https://www.youtube.com/user/AFSpouses
Michelle

Links to products used in project:
4 x 4 canvas http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/4×4-chunky-stretched-natural-canvas
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint in Aqua http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/aqua-high-impact-pigment-1-35oz
Assorted papers from collection: http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/mix-match-pad-beans-and-bags
artsy sampler paper http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/artsy-sampler-kraft
black clothespin http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/small-clothespins-black-12pc
paper tape http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/papertape-global
super heavy gesso Liquitex Professional Super Heavy Gesso Surface Prep Medium, 8-oz

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Other Art Journal Pages

In between pages for my weekly class I have done a few other pages in my two sizes of journal. I might add a bit more to a couple of them but here they are so far.

This one I did as I was working on week 2. I didn’t want to waste any paint so I added it to this page that I had already started adding paint to on a previous occasion. I like how it is coming along.

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Here I felt like playing with some book pages so I applied them to the journal then added a few thing over them. I think I will add more to this page once inspiration hits me. Good start so far.

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Here is a close-up of the flowers I made using modeling paste and a stencil. They are colored with neocolor II crayons and then some glossy accent to cover it. A little metal sticker embellishment to the centers.

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Here is a picture showing the ribbon I added. I had purchased this as an option for use on week 3 but ended up not using since I found something I liked better. I thought it looked fun layered with this paper in my stash. I also added some of the epoxy stickers with nice words on them

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This one was me playing with stencils and stamps using paint and distress ink. I also used the edge of an old gift card to make the random lines. I used some fun gift tissue paper I found at TJ Maxx as the base layer. It had Paris inspired items and french script on it. Time word is stickers from my stash.

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The white flowers are from Prima and the other I am not sure, possibly something I grabbed at Michaels. The clock is a stamp I have and the clock hand came from Oriental Trading.

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I went back to that book store where I got the dictionaries from to look for anything else that seemed fun. I ran across this book written in Korean/Chinese/Japanese/Mandarin? I have no clue which one but I love the characters they use for the text and it has nice thin paper almost like tissue. I have a strange suspicion that this may be a Bible but also not sure because it doesn’t seem to have enough chapters. It just look really fabulous in the background. I’m going to do more to this page but this is where it is right now. The flowers are modeling paste.

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This page was random playing with supplies and went in this direction so I added the nice quote to finish it off. Bit of finger painting here, and the repeating circles are made from applying paint to bubble wrap then smooshing it to the paper. A fun technique from an often overlooked item.

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This I would call a page I’m not overly thrilled about where it is but oh well lol. Did most of it on New Years Eve as I was sitting around waiting for time to count down. The streamer thingies I added came from party poppers we did with the kids the next day.

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Another little project I have done is make some art journals using card-stock and canvas I had in my fabric stash. I cut it down into four pieces which worked out to be big enough to use as a cover that folds over itself to accommodate an expanding journal. I added eyelets for the ribbon to go through that holds the two signatures inside.

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Here you can see one of them open to the center-most part where I have used some masking tape in the crack for the two signatures. You can also see how much extra canvas there is out to the right. This will be the flap that goes over the front cover.

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I plan to paint and decorate each cover and maybe add some charms and beads to the ribbons. I’ll show those later as I complete them.

So that is what I have been up to, hope you made it to the end of the post and I wish you an excellent week of creativity!

Lady Blue