Spring Has Sprung

Well at least in MY art shack!  I am loving that there are warmer and sunnier days popping up more often.  It has put me in the mood for vibrant colors and fresh new starts.  I am so energized by sunshine.  After the shorter and darker days of winter I love the renewal spring brings in nature and in my spirit as well.

Recently I created a mixed media canvas.  The first one I’ve ever done completely on my own.  I created one other mixed media canvas a couple of years ago at an art retreat class I attended, but that one was under the guidance and supervision of a wonderful and talented instructor (Kim Geiser of Persimmons Studio).  This time I was under the influence of only myself and my sunshine energized spirit…. and, well,  some chocolate.  Rich, creamy dark chocolate….but I digress–back to the story of my canvas.  A few months ago I was introduced to the Faber-Castell Gelatos by the Swirlydoos Kit Club (swirlydoos.com).  I’d heard of gelatos and actually even had one in my possession from a gift bag I’d received at an art retreat, but I’d never actually tried it out.  I received several gelatos in the kit from Swirlydoos and I’d had a chance to experiment with them and had fallen in love with them.  Gelatos are water-soluble creamy crayon-type yummy goodness that come in many colors–many rich, vibrant, and very tempting colors.  I knew I wanted to use gelatos to make a background for whatever I was going to do on my small (half-off clearance bin) canvas and I knew I wanted to use a particular flower stem that I had in my stash–again from Swirlydoos–so I set about working on my canvas.  I primed my canvas with white gesso and used a combination of coloring and spritzing with water and blended with a brush.

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I had no firm plan so I kept experimenting with the water and combining the different gelato colors and was finally satisfied with my background.

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I wanted to add some texture so I got out my Golden Crackle Paste and a couple of Crafters Workshop stencils and some Luminarte Silks acrylic glazes.  Here is the result:

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I liked that the elements of the stencils I chose were of similar size and had a similar pattern.

Once I finished my background setup I wanted to incorporate my flower stem inspiration piece, some textured packing material, and some delicate butterflies I had previously misted.  Over the next few days I worked on my canvas off and on in between other projects.  I arranged, I rearranged.  I added, I subtracted.  I adhered my flower inspiration but I just couldn’t decide WHAT NEXT???  So I did what I often do when I’m troubled by anything a major dilemma—retail therapy.  Art supply retail therapy.  During the course of my “therapy” I found some really gorgeous and so so so beautiful trims in the color palette I was using on this project.  It was the inspiration I needed and my project FLOWED!

I added my packing material.

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I added butterflies.

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I added the trim.

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I coated the background with a layer of spray matte finish and then topped it off with a coat of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam (in Chandelier)…

 

and it was finished.  TFL!

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