Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Busy Bees Canvas by Alan Scott


I thought that I would go back and do a canvas for this project, as it's been a while since I did a project that was going to stretch me. The main focal point at the start was the very large Flower stamp by Stampendous from their Jumbo Collection called Zinnia. These stamps are MASSIVE and if you use stamping blocks, a large stamping block is going to be an advantage.

The bee stamp used was one that was a 'give-a-way' one. However there is a wonderful bee stamp included on the Artemio Clear stamp set called Insects.


White Tissue Paper
12 x 12 inch canvas
Red and Yellow Water Colour Marker (here i have used AquaMarkers for the Bee's)
Indian Ink Red and Black
Cosmic Shimmer Spray Bottle filled with water
Collection of Brushes for the Mediums and paint container to mix up the paint
Label Printer



The first thing we have to do is to make the backing paper. By using just 2 stamps I was able to build up an interesting 'story' that can be used as the focal point in the canvas.
Just a word of warning. The stamp will transferee the image to the surface that's being used to stamp on. Clean up after every impression to stop the transfer to the underside of the tissue paper.

Using the decoupage glue, secure the tissue paper onto your canvas. The tissue paper is very fragile and as it becomes wetter, it's even more susceptible to tearing. After you have laid the paper onto the canvas and smoothed it out (being very, very gentle with your brush), turn it round and then using a roller, rub onto the back of the canvas to give a very good grip. An old credit card can be used to get right into those corners. 


Using the water colour pens, start to colour the bee's - I have chosen water colour so that I can blend the bee's making the colours shaded, giving some definition to the overall image. Using a heat gun helps with the drying process.


The next step is to protect the bee's from whatever we are going to throw at them in the following stages. So I used a glossy medium paint over the bodies of the bee's and allowed to dry.


Mixing your background colour start to build up the layers of colour. This is layer one. By putting a gloss layer down first you can wipe away any colour that's been transferred on to them.
Let's have some fun now. I selected the Gelato's that I wanted to use from the Gift Set that's available from That's Crafty (these will soon be the MUST HAVE ITEMS when it comes to colouring). At this point you can merge the colours into each other, by using that wonderful FREE crafting tool....... Your FINGER! I know it's the best crafting tool ever invented lol. As you can see, the colours are quite transparent and you can see the lines underneath. I also placed a line of colour at the top of the canvas. 


LETS GET MESSY!!! by using the water spray just spray till you're happy with the results. By using the heat gun, you can vary the depth of the flow. I tried to get differing lengths of the drips. It doesn't matter if the base gets wet, you can use this by scraping up as much of the coloured water and place that onto the top of the canvas. By tapping the canvas, you can encourage the drips to flow a little longer in depth. Also by using the heat gun it helps dry the canvas ready for the next step......

Useg the glue pen and the gilding flakes around the flower, to give some definition and also highlight the flower. Don't go all the way round the flower, just pick out parts of them all. Please don't forget the parts of the flowers that are at the edges. If you just did the 4 main flowers, I think it would not look right.

Using the RED Indian ink, I highlighted the drips that were made in the earlier steps. Also by adding colour onto the top and then turning the canvas to a different angle gives a different look that's interesting to look at.


Last thing to do is to make some labels using a yellow and red plastic base. These label machines have come down in price so much. The refills are now almost as costly as the machine its self. This is a wonderful little addition to your crafting tools box if you can afford one. Then using a pen and some black Indian ink, I just went round the labels to give them a frame and also to make them stand out that bit more.

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