Like many of you, I suspect, I spend a lot of time "getting inspired" on Pinterest. I have actually tried to re-create many of my pins. Some have turned out pretty awesome and some...well, not so much. This is an example of the awesomeness!
I pinned the following piece of canvas art as an inspiration for one of my crafts on our 14 Days of Crafts blog feature.
I liked the idea of making a piece of art for my home (or office) using a simple canvas, acrylic paint, scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.
I first decided on a color palette that I liked and then went through all my paper to choose different patterns with different sizes in that color way.
The process is much like choosing quilting fabric...you need to have a variety of colors & patterns in both small, medium and large sizes. The variety in scale adds a lot of interest to your piece.
My next step was to prep my canvas. If white works with your papers then you pass this part up and head straight onto making your flower. But I wanted my canvas to look a little weathered. So, here's what I did to get that look.
First, using my beloved Golden Fluid Acrylics, I painted the whole canvas Titan Buff. Then I gave it a rough covering with Raw Umber. I like having a dark, woodsy color just barely showing through. My final painting step is a version of a dry brush technique called scumbling. I just learned this last year from one of our artists, Kay McConnaughey, last year when I made THIS CANVAS for my wedding. Anyway, I used a mixture of heavy bodied and fluid acrylics in Titan Buff, Titanium White, Raw Umber and Cobalt Teal to achieve the look I wanted.
With a dry brush, and not a lot of paint, I used light horizontal and vertical strokes to cover the brown layer almost completely. You can see that I allowed imperfections in color and coverage. My final step was to take a VERY, VERY small amount of the Cobalt Teal on a dry brush and ever so lightly brushed it on in a few spots. And I just LOVE the outcome!
Cutting the petals and assembling the flower is easy. Simply cut "petal shaped" pieces from your paper....and one circle for the center. Don't worry about perfection...it won't matter. Once you're finished cutting, start arranging the petals around the circle until you've used up all your pieces or until you're happy with the shape.
Then use Mod Podge (or any other collage medium) to stick the pieces to your canvas. Be sure to coat both the bottom and top of the paper. Once all the pieces are down, add a final coat of Mod Podge to the entire canvas. I like to use a generous amount and mix up the brush strokes. It creates a really cool effect when it dries.
Once dry, I added a little saying to the bottom with a brush and fluid acrylics...and then finished the edges with Raw Umber.
...and once again...the finished piece. I love it! As always, if you try this...make sure to send us an image of your project!