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?!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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I am EXTRA excited to share something that I’ve been keeping secret for a while now!

As you have seen Lori has brought back laser cut chipboard into the store, which we are all so excited about!  Chipboard is so versatile and you can finish it in a variety of ways…..which is why we all love it!

The piece I’m sharing today I designed for the store!  I have worked with so many different products from lots of designers & companies over the years but this is my FIRST time working with something I designed!!  OK coolest experience ever to watch it go from idea in my head, to hand drawn to eventually being cut!

When Lori sent me a photo of the cut piece I was jumping with excitement!!!

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I really wanted a background piece that could be cut up and used in parts, or as a whole piece!  Yes I said CUT IT UP, don’t be shy!  The finished piece is about 8″ high.

This chipboard could be used as a subtle background piece creating fun texture, or more of a statement piece.  I really wanted it to be the star of the show (next to the photo of my family) on my canvas though to show it off ;)

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This is an 8×10 canvas, as you can see I cut it up to create the visual triangle around my photo.  Now the chipboard didn’t start as black, originally I had covered it in Broken China Distress Embossing powder, but changed my mind deciding to black was better!  The embossing powder did give the chipboard a nice texture, sadly I wasn’t able to capture that in the photos.

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I started the background of my canvas by adding some newsprint sticky back canvas strips, then covered it in white gesso allowing some of the print to show through.  Then I added some Finnabair Concrete texture paste, which also got a coating of white gesso, more texture is always good in my world.

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I used two different shades of blue mist to color the background, being sure to leave some white space.

img_1813-1024x682For extra texture I pulled out some rubons and randomly added bits around the chipboard pieces.  And added a little random stamping too!

For the title on the canvas I used another laser cut piece that Lori had designed and cut for the store. I love the arrow on it, adds an extra bit of fun!

Thank you for joining me in my excitement today!!!  I hope Lori will let me design some more fun chipboard pieces!  I’d also love to see what you make if you pick this one up!

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This post was written by Lisa on May 27, 2018

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