Saturday, 20 June 2009

Altered art...

I was puzzling over what to get my sister for her birthday next week, when i saw these canvases at the knock down price of £1.99 in The Range last week. I had an idea of what to do with them, and after a lot of effort (and very inky fingers....!)

...... i made an altered canvas for her for the first time... this is how i did it......

1. Use white acrylic paint and a small amount of brown to cover the original canvas. Leave to dry... i speeded this up with a heat gun.

2. Using Tim Holtz clock masks and SU inks in navy, yellow and teal ink the surface of the canvas. Allow to dry (another blast with the heat gun) This is the really messy bit!!

3. Spray with Cosmic shimmer and allow to dry again.

4. Gather Angelinas fibres in the colour of choice, add inclusions (i added embroidery thread) iron between two sheets of paper.

5. Crop the photo, put onto a card mat, with a scalloped edge (Fiskars punch) add a snap using a cropodile, and some doodling in white. Stick on top of the Angelinas fibres onto the canvas.

6. Die cut the bird using Grungeboard. Paint with paint dabbers, leave to dry (blast!!) ink the raised parts using SU navy ink. Spray with Cosmic Shimmer, leave to dry. Add pearl brads, and a MM tag.

7. Die cut the small title words (I used Sizzix Sunset) and hand cut the larger ones. Emboss, sand and ink the larger letters. Spray with cosmic shimmer, ink the edges using cut and dry foam and navy ink.

8. Stamp a journalling mat and add journalling. Add to the left of the photo, with doodling. I put the bird over the journalling block before adding my writing so none of it was obscured when i finally glued all the elements onto the canvas.

9. Stick on the bird, some bling swirls and title, (raise some letters with 3D foam)

10. Stamp around the edges of the canvas with words or phrases (I used Unity stamps for this) remember to heat blast each side before moving on, or the ink smudges.

I hope she likes it!


SusieJ said...

Ann - this is absolutely stunning! I'm sure she'll love it.
Great photo and you've put so much work into it too.
Thanks for the tutorial - I have a couple of blank canvases in the attic that you've inspired me to get round to!
Sue xx

sue-bubbles said...

This is gorgeous Ann, thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions too!

Sue x

Lesley said...

Beautiful work as usual Ann. You have given me the inspiration to start on the three canvases that I bought about 4 months ago.

Hi I'm Maria... said...

WOW Ann, it's fab, what a great present, I think she'll love it....

thanks for the instructions too...

maria x

Julia Dunnit said...

It's absolutely gorgeous, your sissy will love it. And those boys are truly beautiful.

tartantaz said...

This is absolutely fantastic Im sure she will love it.

T x

jackie(worcs) said...

This is fantastic, I love how you have carried the design round the edgs too.
Jackie :-)