Friday, 15 March 2013

Feelin’ Groovy By Fliss Goodwin

Hello folks, I’m here today with my promised canvas which as you can see is a rather retro creation with tons of flower power. I’m a really big fan of Julie Nutting having seen an article about her in Somerset Studio magazine and I’m lucky enough to own her very inspirational book, Collage Couture, so I was thrilled to bits to find that she has designed some stamps for Prima – the Mixed Media Doll series. Having got my hands on some of the stamps, how could I not play!

Here’s What You Need: 

Stamps Used:

Crafters Workshop Stencils – Flower Shower, Mini Chicken Wire
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint – Haystack, Irish Cream
Liquid Pearls – Rouge, Cantaloupe, Peacock
Coloured Pencils
Old Book Page
Flower Dies Or Punches
Letter Dies
Canvas Board – 10x8
Natural sponge and small cosmetic sponges

Here’s How To 

·       Paint the canvas board with the Haystack acrylic paint and when dry, apply some Irish Cream at random with the sponge. This layer doesn’t have to be perfect as more colour is added on top. 

·       Using the flower shower stencil, apply Cantaloupe then Rouge Liquid Pearls in the top left and bottom right of the canvas board with the small sponges. The best way to apply the pearls is to squeeze a small amount on top or the sponge and spread it a little with the nozzle before dabbing on to the stencil. It doesn’t show up that well in the photo but gives a lovely shimmery finish. 

·       Using the Chicken Wire stencil and the same method as above, apply Cantaloupe and Peacock Liquid Pearls in the remaining spaces. Mine came out a little darker than I wanted so I sponged some more Haystack acrylic paint over the top to soften it.  

·       Smudge the edges with the rouge Liquid Pearl – I had enough left on the sponge to do this. Then partially stamp the floral and script background stamp on the top right and bottom left corner edges with the Crimson Red ink. 

·       Stamp the doll on to the old book page with the black ink and then stamp the flower background several times on to an A4 sheet of white card with the Crimson ink. Stamp just the dress part of the doll on one of the rectangles with the black ink and cut this out to leave a narrow border round the edges. Sponge with Worn Lipstick Distress ink to colour. 

·       Cut out the stamped doll leaving a narrow border all round except for the dress section where you need to cut just inside the lines. Colour all sections except the dress with the coloured pencils and then add the inked dress over the top with foam tape. 

·       Using the remaining floral background stamped rectangles, die cut some flowers and centres and sponge with the Distress inks to colour them. Scrunch them up a little then arrange as you like in the bottom left corner of the canvas board and stick them on with foam tape. I added a few of the flower centres to balance the design and 3 circles at the top right. 

·       Stick the doll to the canvas board as shown with a mix of foam tape and double sided tape for dimension. Add some letters die cut from the black card to spell the title of the piece.  

I hope this has left you feelin’ groovy as it did me.

Have a great weekend.
Fliss x


  1. Not familiar with Julie Nutting but this is fabulous, Fliss.

  2. The background is so perfect for the Retro vibe.
    Gorgeous use of Julie's stamp.

  3. Absolutely brilliant Fliss! I am feeling groovy!! Thanks for fabulous step by step. I love your layout - perfect use of the space. That Prima stamp is ab fab. The way you have cut and pieced is so perfect. I'm really loving this one. I'd say its wonderful in real life with the pearly shimmer. Nicola x


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