Crisp, bright sunny days with lots of blue sky. It looks as though spring is here to me although there is a forecast for snow later today in my part of the world. But the brighter weather made me think of the warmer days to come and coupled with a lovely bouquet of flowers I received, gave me the inspiration for altering this box canvas. I bought it ages ago and this seemed the perfect project.
I started by using a very weak wash of orange watercolour then using a scrunched-up tissue, dabbed randomly over the paint to lift some of it out, creating a mottled effect.
I used a selection of funky 70s style flowers to stamp around one corner, using black StazOn ink. It didn't matter that some of the images didn't stamp completely as I was going to add colour to them using Galleria acryclic paints.
I stuck to a limited palette of yellow and red, mixing these to make orange and painted inside the stamped edges. It reminded me of the 'Painting by Numbers' sets I used to have as a child.
My original plan was to leave this as a flat image, stamping the sentiment directly onto the canvas. However the edges at the back are angled so I couldn't get a flat object behind the canvas to fit exactly into the top left corner. No matter as I much prefer to add some texture and dimension to my projects somewhere.
I used a small piece of thick white card and painted this with some of the acrylic paint ensuring the colour was uneven. When dry I stamped the Tim Holtz sentiment from Stuff to Say onto the card and added the two little birds from a Crafty Individuals' stamp.
The wooden frame was already printed with circles which matched the 70s theme. I just painted over the top in a weak solution of orange watercolour to tone the background colour down then used a hot glue gun to stick the frame and sentiment to the canvas.
I'm entering this into two challenges:
FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES - Colour Between the Lines
COUNTRY VIEW CHALLENGES - Anything Goes