Rescue Mission!

So last week I broke my no more canvases rule and bought a two pack.  BUT it was a rescue mission for a poor pack that one of the canvases had a big hole in it, I just HAD to rescue them!  Who else was going to buy the poor sad canvas with a hole in it and make it pretty?!

As you can see the hole was pretty bad….but it didn’t deter me I was on a mission!


The first thing I did was reinforce the tear using some white fabric tape, which I may have snuck out of the first aid kit, ssshhh.


I used some on both the back and front to make sure it was nice and secure!


Voila like new! :)

Once I had the repairs done I started digging through my stash looking for inspiration and the main piece I wanted to use, which this time was a set of wooden wings!

But I also wanted to try a new colour combination on this project, pushing myself a bit.  So I searched through Pinterest and found this….LOVE the blue & rust together!


Once I saw that colour board I was hooked!  I pulled out some Prima paper to use as the base background for my canvas, it already had bits of rust in the paper


For a little texture I added some old Heidi Swapp acrylic letters, you can’t see them much in the end, but it does spell angel.  Next I used Finnabair’s rust paste with a Tim Holtz stencil in two corners.  Aahhh here comes the rust!


Once the paste was dry I sprayed some Dylusions ink spray in Squeezed Orange on a portion of the background.  It was a little brighter than I wanted still so I added some Lindy’s Magical Shakers in Bratwurst Brown in the corners with the rust paste, and random bits in other sections.


The wings also got a coat of Rust Paste and some Lindy’s Magicals in Bratwurst Brown.  The center is a mini canvas that I added texture to using Finnabair Art Stones and texture paste.  Once that was dry I covered it in black gesso before painting it blue with Finnabair Metallique paint in Deep Waters.


The swirls were cut from Tim Holtz Scroll die and covered with Finnabair Sparks in Magical Pond and Metallique Deep Waters.

To add some finishing touches I used the Magical Pond Sparks and black gesso to add splatters on the back ground.  You’ll also see some micro beads in both a copper and blue colour for added texture and shine!

I have to say I’m in love with these two colours together and will have to use them again!  The blue just pops off the rust, but isn’t too bright either!

Hope you get some time at your craft table, and find something damaged to make pretty!!

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This post was written by Lisa on September 16, 2018

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Three favorite things….

So, in preparation for going up north for a couple of months this summer, I’ve been trying to do some tidying in places that last get any attention.  And in one of those corners was an sealer jar lid, holding all the leftover alphabet letters from a project I did way last year, using the Tim Holtz Block Talk die.  (These are not the Block Talk die, but would work just as well, if the Block Talk is no longer available for ordering).  You might remember it, here.  The task was to either to use up those letters or throw them out.  Because I just wasn’t up to finding a place to stash them where I’d remember and come back for them.

You’ll laugh when you see the first layout I used these letters for….how alike it is to this one I’m showing you today.  I did too.  I totally forgot the first one, until this was finished but clearly, I do have a set style.  Here, anyway.


You might remember, I colored these alphabet letters by washing several shades of blues and greens onto a whole sheet of watercolor paper, then running the sheet through the Sizzix machine once it had dried.


The leaf is from another pile of leftovers - this one from the bits and pieces I’d made up for the crop demo back in April.  Basically, other than the sequins, everything on this page was an item laying around waiting to be used up or tossed.  So this is a happy result, I’d say!


And I made the journaling a design element of it’s own.  It says, “this photo represents three of my favorite things.  #1 is the beach at lido Key in Sarasota, FL with it’s white sand like powdered sugar.  #2 is the photo app Waterlogue, that turns your photos into lovely watercolor paintings.  And #3 is the color combo of blue and green.


Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope your day is going exactly the way you like it to!

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This post was written by Norine on June 21, 2015

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