Friday, 19 September 2014

Blue Flower Canvas


I have several box canvases in my attic that I bought at bargain prices years ago, hoping that I would actually use them one day.  Well, this week I took the plunge and slapped some paint on one, after being inspired by this post by Ellen Vargo at Paper Artsy.

Ellen's canvas
Ellen had stamped into the layers of paste on her canvas - I just attacked mine with some gesso and a credit card, then some antique cream, white and smoky blue paint, mixing them directly on the canvas.  I sponged Distress Inks (Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean) onto a spare piece of card, then stamped the leaf/petal stamps from E Lin Brown 07 several times, cut them out and mounted them onto the canvas with red liner tape.  I drew the stems with a navy Sharpie pen.  For reference, my canvas is about 15 x 11 inches (381 x 304cm).  Here are a few close-ups of the detail and texture.



I've been dying to play along with Darnell's NBUS challenge, but everything I've made lately has been with used schtuff rather than NBUS.  But that has now been rectified thanks to the languishing canvas.  It now hangs in my craft room, as it matches the colour scheme - by coincidence rather than design!



24 comments:

  1. Whoa! This is really something!!! Love those blue flowers and the background is so creative!

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  2. Man, Shirley, man, oh man, oh man. This beautiful piece of art looks like a stunning flower fossil caught in an ancient ice berg!! I'm so pleased to hear you have it hanging in your craft room where it deserves to be! Perhaps your subconscious rodent was speaking in your ear when it came to the glorious coloring!

    Thanks for sharing about your muse Ellen, too. I'll go check her out since both your artworks make me gulp! Thank you, too, for playing in my second NBUS Challenge! (I so admire that you don't have a mountain of NBUS like so many of us!!) Hugs, Darnell

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  3. Love this Shirley - you are so creative and those flowers look amazing! Hugs xx

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  4. Hanging on the wall is just exactly the right place for this beautiful piece of art, Shirley ... it's just fabulous! Your craft room could double as a gallery! Anita :)

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  5. Beautiful art! Stunning textures and love the soft blues. xx

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  6. This is wonderful, I love how you have put the tulip together,

    Lucy x

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  7. Fabulous! What a magic canvas, I love the texture and the flowers are perfect on it, LOVE it!!! Gay xx

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  8. Just love it - from the cool background to the fabulous flowers!

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  9. So artistic, I loooove your watercoloring!!!

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  10. Wow! Gorgeous!

    Finally one of your works of art is actually "hanging" on a wall instead of being tucked away inside an envelope! Stunning creation Shirley!

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  11. This is so lovely! I've always wanted to try canvas art but never thought I'd be good at it. You may have just pushed me to do it. Thanks!

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  12. Wow - that credit card came in real handy - I just use mine to spend money.....

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  13. Somewhat resembles three tulips frozen in a block of ice in your photos. Very interesting. This is true art worthy of a frame. Nice work Shirley. Impressive. - Jim

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  14. I have no skills this way and am in awe of what you have done with gesso and a credit card!! Actually, I could probably do this with a credit card, but it would involve buying a finished canvas!

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  15. Another fabulous creation, the background is so textured and beautifully coloured...perfect! Ruth x

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  16. This is such an artsy look :) fabulous, have to try it

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  17. Beautiful. You've created amazing texture in the backround just with gesso and credit card. Love it all.

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