Tuesday, June 9, 2015

My first canvas!

This is my first mult-media canvas and I am entering it in the "For the Love of Plants" Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Blog - Monday Challenge.

Just before Mother's Day, my son asked me what I would like as a gift. I took a split second to think about it, then told him I would like to have a new craft tool. That tool was Faber Castell Gelatos. I took him to get me some and I came home with the Designing with Gelatos kit. In the kit were 10 Gelatos.

I have had various canvasses for some time now, waiting for me to use my acrylic paints on. So instead, I tried out my Gelatos. I coloured with a red, orange and pink to cover the canvas. I lightly spritzed over with water, then used my finger to blend the colours together. This step was wonderous! I also spread some leftover colour to each of the sides of the canvas, as it has a thick frame.

After I let the surface dry, I spread a glaze medium over the entire surface. Then I used some gesso and a stencil to add the white dots. Another new tool I received on Mother's Day, from myself, was some Faber Castell Pitt pens. So once the gesso was dry, I coloured with my Black Pitt pen on a background stamp and made some impressions over the gesso.

In the meantime, I stamped and die cut these flowers on some retired paper. I Modge Podged each flower so they would be protected from the elements. I added some sparkle to their centres. I decided to cut the word with my Cricut and I stamped on the white layer, with 2 different background stamps. Once I stuck the letters down with Liquid Glass, I then added another layer of glaze over the entire canvas again.

Finally, I added some Pixie Thick Twin to the flower corners, then added the flowers with Liquid Glass. I found some lovely sparkle flourishes, cut them to my liking, then added them. VOILA, my first multi-media canvas!

Products used: Close To My Heart paper, ink, stamps & embellishments; Faber Castell Gelatos & Pitt Pens; Heartfelt Creations Stamps & Dies; Dyan Reaveley Stencil; Liquitex Gesso; and Golden Glaze.


  1. Ooooo Nancy, such rich color! Your son loves you!! Beautiful card!

  2. This canvas is amazing! I love the deep, rich colours and the way they blend so well into each other. I haven't found the time to do anything with the canvasses I have yet but this is certainly terrific inspiration! Love the details and the flowers are the perfect touch!

  3. Your first mixed media canvas? I never would've guessed that. Such a beautiful piece! Thank you for sharing your work with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I hope you'll continue to create on canvas. You have a gift for it!
    Thanks again! ~Michelle

  4. I love how this turned out! It is definitely at least a 55 on the scale of 1 -10! I adore the use of color and you absolutely embraced that and the shades and tones you created are striking. I also like how you added curly flourishes to give it a whimsical feeling and those letters are incredible! Way to have the courage to break in the gelatos! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing this awesome piece with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  5. gorgeous canvas ,Nancy. I love that vibrant background with Gelatos.

  6. Love your beautiful canvas. The colors are fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)


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