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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Canvas and Layout 
by Sue Smyth

This month I am sharing a special project with you all,
that I created for the upcoming Scrapbook and Papercraft Convention.
in Brisbane

This is a large canvas and the subject this time is me.
I don't usually like having myself as the subject, but in this instance 
I wanted a piece of art work that described my approach to 
my work for the show.

There is so much chipboard in this piece I don't think I will
even try to list them below. But I am 
sure I have finally used over 100 pieces on on work. 
Perhaps one day I will sit and count them lol

First I started with a blank canvas and covered it with 
negative chipboard and some left over pieces.
I glued them in place with gel medium.
Once dry I gave it a coat of gesso to create 
a textured base to work on.

Then I sprayed it with many layers of Dylusions, glimmer mists
and paints. This creates a rich depth of colour.
I have adhered a selection of trinkets, embossed chipboard
buttons, wood veneers and beads to the 
canvas with gel medium

I added my favourite things, Scissors, paint brushes,old palette and much much more. 
Before I have adhered each piece I dry brushed it in gesso.
Then to finish I have sprayed it again with my selection of sprays.

I have added black gesso to the sides and rubbed over the edges 
and textured areas with gold paint. 

Here are some nice close ups of the Chipboard pieces and trinkets

The fun part of this kind of work is adding little bits to it
each day and seeing it grow and change. 
I can keep adding things over time if I like. 
Provided there is a perfect space for them. 

Some things I have left to last and adhered them when 
the canvas is dry, so they will stay a metallic colour

I love tassels at the moment, so had to add one, which of 
course has a splash of ink on it.

Angel wings from an old toy and recycled paint brushes
are added.

Of course one of my fav birds is an owl, so had 
to have one surrounded by old trinkets and bits
I have had stored for years.

This gorgeous trinket is an old earring, can you believe 
we ever used to wear things like that lol
And can you see the spray top of an old paint can,
I use them all the time so it had to be added.


My Favourite Girl Layout 

A sweet layout of my girl with her first guitar.

Not as much work in this as the canvas, 
but hopefully you will enjoy it too. 
I have used the Moroccan screen as a mask before spraying
matt black

I have actually treated the chipboard quite simply in this layout
and sprayed them matt black with a spray can.

I have cut the clock and trinket in half and placed either side
of the photo to bind the photo and layout together.

Add a few tassels, beads and of course flowers and you 
have it. Layout finished.

Thanks all for now

Don't forget to leave a comment to be in the running 
for a prize.
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Happy Crafting 
and see you at the June show!!

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