Traveling Dandy

Welcome to another Sunday, grab some coffee while you enjoy my post!

Do you all remember my Mad Scientist….well this little canvas which I’ve named the Traveling Dandy is the second in this series of canvases feature Tim Holtz stamps!

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I clearly read a lot of historical fiction, and I just love the term ‘dandy’ so I couldn’t resist calling this smartly dressed man a ‘dandy’! LOL

He’s on his first trip to New York, excited to see the sites, but his train is late!  Ok yes sometimes I like to make  up stories for my work!

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I chose to keep the background the same colours I used on the Mad Scientist canvas, making this a bit of a series.  Oh yes there will be a couple more!

I used Tim Holtz Mini Glob & Cityscape Skyline dies, which again I covered with Seth Apter Baked Texture  &  Baked Velvet embossing powders!  The Cityscape Skyline dies were covered with Deep Sea Baked Texture, while the globe was covered with Lime Baked Velvet, with a bit of Ancient Amber sprinkled on.

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Once again I used Distress Inks to water colour this dandy fellow!!!  On the background I also used a Tim Holtz stencil and some of his Grit Paste to make it look like the sun was setting over the city skyline!

While you’re enjoying this traveler, I’ll be doing some traveling of my own!

Thank you for joining me again today!  I’ll see you in a couple weeks!

p.s. this was another unfinished project…two down more to go!

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Hello Friend

Summer is half over and what a hot one it’s been!  I took a bit of a summer break from the blog…well my creativity took a summer break, but I’m getting it back!

I know that many of you can relate to the bad habit I have formed over the last year of starting a project and leaving it to sit unfinished.  Well I decided it was time to finish those half started projects!

The canvas I’m sharing with you today I started back in January….6 months it patiently waited for me to finish, eek!

This little 5×7 canvas started when I dug through the bag of leftover chipboard bits Lori gave me.  I found a bunch of ‘hexagon like’ shapes gluing them to start the first layer.

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I added some texture paste using a script stencil over the chipboard shapes for extra interest before painting them.  They were give a few different coats of paint, sprays & gesso before I was happy with the colour.  It’s all about adding layers until you’re happy!

The center piece is a mini canvas with a resin frame layered on top with an image from Tim Holtz paper.

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Then I added layers of stamped and rub-on flowers which were fussy cut.  The darker flowers I covered with Seth Apter Baked Texture embossing powder in Vintage Bees Wax.

The mint green leaves started out white, which just wouldn’t do, so I coated them in Seth Apter Baked Velvet embossing powder in Lime.  I love the soft translucent colour these embossing powders add!

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The clock & keyhole embellishments were made using a Prima mold.  I painted them with Finnabair Art Alchemy Steampunk Copper, then used some Finnabair wax to highlight the design of the pieces.

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The chipboard swirls are from the store’s Laser Cut Chipboard collection, which I covered with gesso, some orange spray then used more Seth Apter Baked Velvet in Dusk.

As I was building the canvas there was a little too much ‘white space’ that needed something, so I pulled out a scripty text stamp and more Seth Apter Baked Texture in Vintage Bees Wax to add more texture but keeping it light!  This was the perfect solution!

I have to say if felt really good to not only get back to the craft table, but to finish off this long abandoned project!!!  I have a few more lying in wait for me to finish, and hope this has given you the inspiration to pull out those unfinished projects and get them done!!!

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