Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The Song Bird Sings by Alan Scott

This project has mostly been created by using a template as the figurehead. This project is designed to help you see that you don't just have to use these wonderful templates that are now being made and placed onto the crafting market, just for ink sprays, background imagery etc. They can be used as the focal point and they are strong enough to be used as a stand alone. This template is one that's made by Crafter's Workshop. They make both 6 inch and 12 inch square ones. That's Crafty! stock an interesting collection of these templates, along with templates made by Artistcellar, Claudine Hellmuth, Clear Scraps, Crafty Individuals, Dylusions, Prima, Tando, Studio Calico and That Special Touch, to name but a few. A visit is highly recommended to see what is available. The stock is being added to on a regular basis.
To add further interest onto this canvas, I went back to some wonderful sets of stamps by Dylusions - Doodle Parts,  Around The Edge and Further Around The Edge.



12 inch canvas
Standard Yellow/Green/Brown Paints
Watered Down PVA Glue
White Stamping Card
Americana Paint - Royal Fuchsia
Bombay Indian Ink and Pen
Printed Elements from computer- musical notes and wording for canvas
Baby Wipes
Home Made Acrylic Paint Sprays (see separate Tutorial on this)

Before we start, I would like to show a way that you can make your acrylic paints into a spray. This is not my idea, infact I came across it while I was surfing You Tube. The original idea came from Janine from Kanal von Studio. For a more informative How 2 Make, can I suggest that you pay the site a visit to hear how she did this wonderful idea.

To make your own sprays all you will need is:
Collection of your favourite Acrylic Paints

It's quite simple to make an acrylic paint spray. Just collect the items listed above (they don't have to be the brand in the pic - any acrylic paint will work), then follow the direction here - Making Homemade Spray Paints.



Right then lets get back to the canvas now that we have had a workout shaking those bottles!

On this occasion, I wanted to use old pages from a book to give background detail on my canvas (please don't rip up a new book but go to Charity Shops or Car Boot Sales and give an old book a new lease of life). Once the page had been secured onto the canvas by using a PVA glue that had been watered down 50/50 and left to dry. White Gesso was then painted onto the surface, trying to leave some areas that were still visible and others that had been covered up. By doing this you're able to add a layer of text to give interest.

Using your selected template and some moulding paste, start to lay down the areas that are going to give you definition and become your focal point.

Select the paints you want to use and start to build up colour on your canvas. One tip, if I can pass to you, is that I use baby wipes to help move and 'lift' colour from a canvas. Don't think that they are just useful in removing ink from your stamps, they have a ton of useful aids. 
Once I had stamped some background imagery, I took a sanding block and started to give a distressed feel to the canvas. When  had removed all the 'dust', a coat of Matte Sealer was used. By doing this, when further wet materials are added, the background colours wouldn't be altered.

The next part of the project was to build up the layers of leaves, by using the Distress pens to add colour. Then using a sharp tipped scissor and craft knife, cut the leaves out leaving a small edge. 
Using a complementary colour, the edge was coloured in. This will all be explained as to why in the next few photos.
Once the stamped images have been cut out, edged and then saturated using the spitzer the 'leaves' will start to bend and distort. This can be controlled in a small way buy using a heat gun. 
Here you can see how the card is twisting and becoming more interesting as a 3D image and not just a flat sheet.

Using a clear strong glue, start to build up the 'sculpture' using the solid leaves as the base and the lined stamped image as the detail.
Once the leaves were in place a high gloss acrylic (the Maimeri Glassy Gel will be in stock tomorrow) layer was placed onto the leaves. This will help protect them as well as give extra strength.
The birdcage was coloured in using a mixture of the Gold and Copper paints. The bird in the cage was painted and then given a high gloss seal using the Glossy Accents.

Using a selection of brown paints, the branch was painted in by using 3 different depths of hue - you're able to build up colour and definition.

After printing out the text I wanted to use, I mounted them onto card and using inks and the sprays I had made, the depth and colour I wanted were achieved.  
My home made sprays

Using Tim Holtz Distress ink pads, the edges of the wording were coloured. By using two colours, you're able to make the edges interesting and part of the whole project and not just glued on for no reason. 
There you have it, a canvas that's built up using the selected template/stencil. So don't look at these wonderful tools as just something that you use with inks and paints but as tools to create a stand alone project. 
Any questions please send me a message and I will get back to you a.s.a.p. 
Happy Crafting.


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