Creative Home Decor and Journal Cover for ColourArte

Hello crafty peeps! Today I would like to show you two projects. First  how I made my octagon canvas. 
Today's supplies : 
Cardboard Box
Matte Medium 
Glue Dry or Wet
Exacto Knife or Cutting Tool
Sticky Back Canvas
Acrylic Paints 
White Gesso
Dauber or your finger
Black Marker
Molding Paste

I started with a shape that I found on the internet as my template. I resized it in photoshop and traced around my template to create four layers of cardboard. 

I cut out each one with an exacto knife and glued them together with matte medium. 
I used white gesso on all surfaces. 
Next I covered each of my four pieces with sticky back canvas and covered with a layer of white gesso. 
I completely let it dry before proceeding. I used molding paste with a spatula across all four canvas' in a straight but wavy line. The texture reminded me of waves. I let this dry completely. 
Without thinking I placed color and shapes on my canvas'. I used my fingers and my brush. For contrast I added white on the top layer with my stencils. I tried to give each piece the same but varied technique. Next I cut out shapes for masks. Two large circles and seven or so small circles out of copy paper. I used a butterfly mask for the center. 

I used these shapes to cover my canvas' and adhered them with temporary tape while I sponged on watered down gesso to the entire octagon.  I wanted to be able to see through the gesso slightly. When I took my masks off this is what it revealed.  I used a black sharpie to outline each shape. Next I filled in some white space with some black acrylic paint and stencils.  That's it! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and thank you for stopping by.

Project #2  Mixed Media Cold Press Journal Cover

Supplies used today are: 
  • Black Gesso 
  • Acrylic Paint: Cobalt Blue, Teal, Gold
  • Glimmer Mist Gold Brown (Cork)
  • Pearlex Interference Violet, Macropearl
  • Antique Gold Rub'n Buff 
  • Sakura 3d Crystal Lacquer
  • Claudine Hellmuth Sticky-Back Canvas
  • Various Metal Findings including, keys, flowers (Tim Holtz), lightbulb, spoon, switch (Prima)button 

I started with a white cold press journal cover and used black gesso to cover the front entirely. 
Next I ripped some strips of canvas and gold wrapping ribbon and placed them on my background. I even kept the strands that I frayed on the edges. 

Then I got jiggy with my metal placing each piece just so. I glued everything down with 3d Crystal Lacquer.  Making sure each piece was either vertical or horizontal. I let this completely dry.
Next it was time to paint!
I brushed on Acrylic Teals, Blues, Purples, Golden Brown Acrylic Paint. 
I used my shimmer spray with the spray as well as dripping directly from the other end of the sprayer hose. I also used pearlex powders added with water to give more shimmer.. the interference violet gave this project it's much needed umph as well as the rub'n buff on various edges. 
This is my result. Thank you for stopping bye. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial . 

Peggy Oliver

1 comment:

  1. wow, lots of fun ideas, thanks for using ColourArte products in your post today