Hello friends! It's time for our newest challenge at A Vintage Journey, and this time the super talented Tracy is our hostess. She has chosen the theme 'All Squared Up', and this is what she says about that:
Whether a frame, embellishment, die cuts, drawn square, doodles, or windows, let's see where inspiration takes you, let's get all squared up and show how creative those right angles can look!
Show us your squared up pieces in a vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.
Here is my mixed media canvas on a canvas on a reverse canvas! Ha! Ha!
Proceed with caution-long post!
To prepare, I threw all my square canvases of varied sizes into a pile--the largest one had just been found 2 for 50 cents at a yard sale--quite rough, but I saw potential as a reverse canvas. I wasn't sure where I was going with this yet, and initially thought I would use just one canvas. I also found some square embellishments and Tim's paper with squares on it in my stash. Another yard sale yielded some contractors screen of some sort with squares! And a squared stencil--a clearance find at a local craft store. My square goodies were piling up! I hope I give you an accurate description of how this came together. I made it so long ago, I've forgotten most of what I did, and I didn't take very good notes. But I did take some photos along the way to document the progress.
Because of the rough edges of the larger canvas, I added masking tape to give a smoother surface to start with and glued on these gaudy embellishments I've had hanging around forever. I gave it a coat of black gesso and then realized I hadn't added the screen. Distress collage medium adhered it perfectly. Next I used Golden crackle paste and my stencil around the edges of the largest canvas and painted the mid-sized fabric covered canvas roughly with black gesso. This reveals the subtle square pattern of the weave. I eventually painted the back of the reverse canvas with gesso, too, letting some of the colors of the original 'artwork' show through. I find it pretty ironic that the original artwork says 'calm', and I've created something so far from calming. (No photo of the completed back; it's pretty boring.)
I painted the large frame with Viva Rusty Paper and smeared on Prima Patina Effect Paste-Blue. I carried theses colors around to the back as well. Did you notice the squares on those gemstones? I didn't before I painted them.
The tiny 2 inch square canvas was covered with another design from Tim's Dapper Paper Stash, painted with clear gesso. This is one of those small square patterns in his stash I never know what to do with. It didn't quite fit the canvas, but I'm ok with it. If you hadn't noticed there are squares in this design, too--so subtle. When dry, I aged it with Faded Jeans and Frayed Burlap Distress inks. It looks as if I've used some of those DecoArt media and Distress Ground Espresso paints on this, too.
For my focal image I discarded my initial idea of using my new Seth Apter Broken Maze die and instead used that on another project. You can see how that went by clicking HERE. I went with Tim's Detailed Butterflies, Mini die cut to grace this canvas. To texturize him, I swiped on Grit paste and gel medium and added color with Distress paint, Faded Jeans and DecoArt Quinacridone Gold --neat and watered down. I added some touches of the Patina Effect paste, to tie it into the rest of the piece.
Well, that's all for me! Please make sure you stop by the blog if you haven't already to see all the amazing inspiration from the rest of my talented teammates for our 'All Squared Up' theme! Then get to work on your own square inspired project to be in the running for a fantastic prize package of mdf and mini shapes from Tando Creative. The Creative Guides also pick 3 Pinworthy entries who have their work pinned in our PINTEREST gallery and are invited to be our Guest Designers! I hope you'll play along--I can't wait to see what you'll create!
Country View Challenges-July - Things With Wings
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #38 - Altered Embellishments
Deep Ocean Challenge- #158: "Lots of Layers" I've layered my canvases.
Dies R Us-Challenge #76 - Layers I've layered my canvases.
Mod Squad-Mark It, Stamp It I used Distress marker on my Prima stamp.
Thank you for your visit today and for all your lovely comments! Your visits and comments inspire me to create even more!
Hugs and Blessings!
From my stash: canvases, gemstones, masking tape, chains, contractor's mesh.