Hello Professor!

Happy 2020 everyone!!!

I am happy to be back….my little holiday break ended up longer that I wanted, but it happens to all of us when our creativity just seems to hide away for a while.

With all the new releases that I’ve been seeing finally my creative fire was sparked and I hit the table!

Most specifically I was inspired to pull out The Professor stamp set by Tim Holtz…..his new stamp release includes the professor again but larger.  Seeing this reminded me that I hadn’t put the original professor to use yet!

Often as I’m working I snap a quick photo or two of the projects progress, sometimes I do that to remind my self how I’ve placed objects, sometimes I share with curious friends.  Today I’m going to share a couple with you, I think it really shows just what you can do with random objects, gesso & paint!

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In this first photo you can see all the different bits I glued down in the natural form.  I have two bins of metal stuff, some of it is randomness and some is purchased embellishments.  I always start with my focal piece, in this case the Professor (he’s so handsome), deciding where that will be placed then I build around it, filling in the space of the canvas.

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Once the glue has set I gesso the entire piece, here I’ve used black gesso, but clear or white can be used too, all depends on the finished look you want.

Next is sometimes the hardest part, what colors to use?  Often I start with one layer and keep adding until I like the results.

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The patina/rusty finish just spoke to me, though that wasn’t how it started originally, I started with deep yellow and brass, but it just wasn’t right, so I kept layering.

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I have to say that I do love the texture of Finnabair’s Patina and Rust Pastes, the grit is just perfect!

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A few splatters of black, deep yellow & gold paints just adds to the overall finished effect.

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Adding the little bits to his goggles making them look kinda like bug eyes was the final touch to finish off my Professor!

I really had fun digging through my metal bins finding all these fun bits to work together.  Who would’ve though a spark plug could make such wonderful art?!  It’s hard to believe this little 4×6 canvas could be transformed so quickly.

I hope that you’ve all had a wonderfully creative start to 2020……..a fresh new year of fun creative goodness to explore is ahead of us all!

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This post was written by Lisa on January 26, 2020

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Make a Wish

I hate to say it but once again it seems summer has passed by too quickly.   Soon enough the kids will be back to school.  All we can hope is the warm temps stick around much longer!

A special friend at work celebrated her birthday this weekend.  I wanted to give her a little something pretty for her desk at work, so I made this little 4×4 magnet back canvas.  She loves dragonflies, and gears…so of course I had to find a way to merge the two!

img_2372-950x876All of the background gears and the heart are Love Is In The Details custom laser cut chipboard….I can’t seem to keep gears in stock as I use them all the time!

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The background is coloured with black gesso and Finnabair Metallique in Emerald Green.  Then I highlighted the gears with Finnabair Wax in Rose Gold.

The heart I coloured with black embossing powder and backed it with some rose gold metalic cardstock.  The cardstock was too shiney so I scratched it up with my sanding block and put some black gesso overtop to get into the scratch marks.

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The dragonfly went through a few phases of colour which resulted in a fun texture.  The last coat I used Finnabair Metallique Rose Gold paint, though the gold mostly shows.  I layered onto the body a fancy clock hand and some gems.  I think the end result is a bit of an old gaudy gold pin, but I love the effect!

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For some extra shine which goes well with my friends love for shiney jewlery, I added some Finnabair Micro Beads, and Tim Holtz Distress Glitter.

The end result is she loves her little canvas and can’t wait to come back from holidays to enjoy seeing it at her desk! :)

I have more of these little magnet canvases, think I’ll have to make one for myself next!

Hope you enjoy your weekend and it’s not spent entirely back to school shopping.  Take some time for YOU and get in your creative space!

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