Doll face canvas & Bonus post
by Sue Smyth
you all know I love a canvas, so to kick start
my creativity this year I started with an
idea I have had for a long time.
I wanted tor recycle a doll by taking just
the plastic face and trimming it.
I have added lace and buttons to the background for texture
For wings I have used Imaginarium metal wings,over top
of the large chipboard butterfly.
To make the heart shaped embellishment check out
my step by step below
For the bottom element I have used a wooden spoon, layered
over with a silver spoon, add some micro beads and
a resin relic face and you have
an interesting embellishment
I like to gather my elements together
Buttons, trinkets and laces so I know
what I want to use and dont
forget to include them as I work.
And I have been collecting Dolls faces
they look a little spooky here
I know, but it saves keeping
the whole thing in limited space
I have covered the canvas in old book pages first,
for a great background. Then arrange
your elements, so you have an idea
what you will end up with.
For the gold wings, even though they are
metal, I have embossed them with
aged gold embossing powder for
super extra shine.
To make ombre butterflies
First paint them black with
matt black spray paint, and dry.
Then cover with dimensional magic, along
the outer edge only, sprinkle with
the darkest colour glitter, then add more
dimensional magic and sprinkle with
the next colour, and finally
apply dimensional magic to the inner
edge and add the lightest coloured glitter.
The over all effect is a graduated ombre look.
A great way to alter chipboard for any project
Preparing the canvas.
After it has
been painted with white gesso
spray with Red dylusions, but
mop off some of it with a wet wipe
so the book pages show through.
I like to paint the sides of my canvases with black gessso
this hides any mistakes and problems.
It also frames the canvas, as black recedes from
our sight, and does not jump out at us.
So we then do not notice the sides so much.
Rub over with gold and wipe back with
a wet wipe to show the print on the book pages
Re add any gold paint you feel needs to be replaced.
To make the heart embellishment
Gold emboss a chipboard shape, large
chunky ones suit better.
While hot, spray with Red dylusions and keep
heating for about 5 seconds.
Add 3mm gold pearls around the edge
using extra glue so that they stick well.
You can cover the heart with a coat of
dimensional magic too if you like,
but in this case I have not
The finished trinket is added to the canvas
and I have adhered a small
resin rose to the centre.
Let's face it we are girls and we like pretty things!
I love pretty things, and sometimes get
frustrated that we cannot find tools and storage
that looks nice too.
So today I will share with you
a little thing I do to fix that !
I basically decoupage my own mixed media tools
Here are some palette knives and big
brushes, but you can basically do anything
You might think this has nothing to do with chipboard and
you would be right, BUT I do use these beauties to
alter my chipboard lol. And I thought
you all would like to know how to do this too.
Trim out a piece of ordinary patterned wrapping paper
to fit the handle of your tool, and spritz with water.
Apply gel medium to the handle and layer
over top the paper.
Snip the edges of the paper around the
Apply more gel medium as
needed so you can fold up the
tabs on the side with a good firm bond.
Fold over tabs,wrapping around the handle.
Dont worry if they over lap, just
apply gel medium to make the paper stick to each other
When you come to the end, do your best, overlapping the
awkward tabs and applying gel medium.
Snip off excess for a smooth end.
If you have a hole in the handle you can either
leave it covered if you like. Or
you can insert a skewer into the hole
to remove the paper,and pop over
a large eyelet.
Cover the entire handle with Dimensional magic,
covering the eyelet too. Prop up on
the edge of a jar to dry.
Happy Crafting all!