Show & Tell

Hello, happy stampers!

Today, I want to share a canvas that I created, after reading this quote:

“Every artist was first an amateur.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It felt good to get inky and painty! :)  It’s been so long since I’ve worked with any mixed media so I eased into it with a small 4″x4″ canvas:

I covered the canvas with gesso and let dry.  Then, I gathered all sorts of goodies for my collaged background:  sewing patterns, book paper, punched cardstock, tissue paper – stamped with Staz On and Colorful Companions.  Using gel medium, I attached all of the bits and liberally covered it all with a thick coat.  Once dry, I used mists and paint to add colour to the background.

Using white and black acrylic paint and my Backgrounds stamps, I stamped the corners of the canvas.

Using a dye based ink, I stamped a butterfly from the Colorful Companions set onto white glossy paper and cut it out, adhering it to the canvas with a dimensional glue dot.

The quote was written first in black India ink, using a calligraphy pen nib, and then overtop with a white Sharpie paint pen.

Thanks for looking!

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  1. Agata says:

    That’s beautiful Sue! Love this quote and your mixed media piece!

  2. I LOVE the collaged background the vivid green!

  3. wendymorris says:

    Beautiful canvas Sue! :)

  4. jill says:

    an amazing project, Sue!!!! Love it!!!!!

  5. Janet Zeppa says:

    Very pretty Sue!

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