Fairy Queen

Here we are another Sunday and half way through the year already!

I have another 5×7 mixed media canvas to share with you today and let me tell you this one went through quite the transformation!

It all started when I had to deal with my partially wet scrap paper after we had some water in the basement due to rain.  Thankfully not much was lost and the rest of my stash was safe!  As I sorted through the scraps I noticed I had a fair bit of pink scraps, which is odd if you know my work well I don’t use lots of pink!

To use up these pink scraps I started by covering the canvas with layers of paper.  Next I used Finnabair White Sand Texture Paste with some Prima Artisan Powder in Antonette Pink mixed in.

I was pretty happy with the background…….then as my idea for the canvas (yes most often I have no idea what the finished product will be until I’m done), and added different elements I didn’t care for the background anymore.

img_1818-814x1024As you can see the background is NOT pink!  I decided it needed a redo, one of the things I love about mixed media is it’s easy to start over if you don’t like something!  I went over the original background with a couple layers of white gesso, then painted it using Finnabair Sparks paint in Unicorn Hair.

Ok I have to pause here for a moment, isn’t the name of that paint just awesome?!!!


To bring out the texture on the background I added a touch of mist in a butterscotch colour using water to get it in the nooks & crannies.


I used a number of Tim Holtz dies to build up the elements on my canvas, behind the fairy queen I used Arched Frame, then added one of the Pediments dies on the bottom.  The entrance to the fairy land is the Tim Holtz Ironwork Gate die.  I used Walnut Stain Distress Embossing powder on all those die cuts…….I love the texture this embossing powder gives.


For the ‘greenery’ I actually used 7 Gypsies Architextures Feathers coloured green they worked perfectly!

The Fairy Queen herself I used the An Angel to Love stamp by Carabelle Studio…….isn’t she gorgeous!!  For her large wings I used packaging from 7 Gypsies Archtextures, please don’t throw them away, the packaging is amazing!  The smaller wings I used one of Lori’s Laser Cut Chipboard pieces.


While I may not love pink (although some bits of pink still snuck its way in) I do love Fairies,  I think this love started with Tinkerbell when I was a kid!

Remember when you’re creating there are not mistakes just unrealized opportunities to transform your project!

These are the 7 Gypsies Feathers I used turning them into greenery for my project.

7g25041_architextures_tall_base_feathers_1024x1024-634x1024Thank you so much for joining me again today!  I’m so happy to be back here sharing my projects & ideas with all of you!

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This post was written by Lisa on June 10, 2018

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Spring Canvas

Happy Easter!!

I hope you can take a break form all the Easter chocolate and join me….or enjoy your chocolate as you you read along!

Before I show you what I’ve made I have to let you all in on a little secret….

After lots of consideration, and Lori asking me over and over and over (ok not really but I do enjoy teasing Lori), I have agreed to re-join the Design Team!!!

No this is NOT an April Fools joke!!  You will find me here sharing projects with you every second Sunday!

I really hope you’re as excited as I am to be back!

Ok let’s get on with the show right, that chocolate isn’t going to last forever!

As I worked on my canvas I took a few in progress photos to share and help show you some ways to create texture using some basic mixed media/art products.  I will apologize these in progress photos may not be the best quality as I used my phone to take them.


For my project I actually used a piece of pressed board rather than a canvas, it’s much sturdier when I know I’m adding heavy items.  First I primed it with white gesso.  I had a little left over on my mat so I pulled out the Mini North Star stencil and using a palette knife worked the gesso into the stencil.  Using the gesso created a subtle texture.

cc3063c8-46cb-4252-a996-66535300ef33Next I pulled out a script stencil and texture paste.  As you can see in the photo the texture paste is quite a bit thicker providing different levels of texture from the gesso.

img_2898Once the stenciled gesso & texture paste dried I added this fun frame, also primed with gesso.  Inside the frame I used some half beads & Finnibair Art Stones.  Once those were dry they were coated with gesso as well.

21130a44-e500-4ea0-9aa7-a2deaa7cfaeaFinally time to start adding color!  I used a few different brands of paint, one of which was Diana Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in Turquose.  Lori sells this brand in the store, and it’s fantastic.  I need more colors!

img_2911I felt my project needed more texture…yes in my world more texture is always good!!!  This time I grabbed some texture paste and mixed in the dark blue paint.  To create the texture I used a kitchen sponge to sponge it on, creating fun peaks!

Now at this point I was a little unsure, that dark blue is too much! Actually I like to lovingly refer to this as the ‘ugly phase’!

b4c6d823-3e46-440d-9234-fb9ddeff6d5fOnce the tinted paste was dry I used the same kitchen sponge and sponged on gesso, and bits of paint to brighten it up and use the dark blue as a shadow.

Finally my base was ready for finishing!


On the corners where I sponged the texture paste I wanted more contrast.  I used a brick stamp and antique gold embossing powder to achieve this look.  I also added some of the same embossing powder to the blue scallop piece using a grid style stamp.


I added some micro beads in gold, navy blue to both the Tim Holtz Wildflower die cuts and the Prima Flowers.  I also added a bit underneath in a few areas I thought needed some interest, along with gold mica flakes.


The cute little girl is from the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.  The final touch was using Finnabair Art Alchemy Wax in Bronze Age on the frame and around the edges of the canvas!  These waxes are so fun I just love them!  And Lori is ordering more, seems she can’t keep them in stock ;)

Thank you to everyone for joining me here today! I hope I’ve given you some different ideas how to use basic products on your projects!  It’s all about experimenting and having fun!

I will see you soon with something new to share!

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This post was written by Lisa on April 1, 2018

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