Today I have a mixed-media canvas to share with you. The stamping is very simple... just the It is well with my soul sentiment and the word peace in the background (both from the Surely Goodness set). I had intended on making a card to really showcase this set, but between twins and business and taxes and trying to get the website ready for release I just didn't have time to make a card. However, I know the girls will be showcasing the fun flowers in this set, so be sure to hop around and see it all. Instead you get to see a canvas I made just for fun.
Not to worry! Since it was a stencil, I was able to just line the stencil back up over my canvas and add a thick layer of light modeling paste. Then I waited a good long time to make sure everything was dry this time! I did a little touch up of the grey big brush shadowing around the flowers, then lined up my sentiment and stamped it again and embossed it so it would stand out.
Next I pulled out the Koi watercolors that Mark got me for my birthday this year and I still hadn't had a chance to use. I had a lot of fun coloring in the flowers and stems with the watercolors. It was so cool to see how the pigment moved on the texture of the modeling paste. I think that's what I love most about mixed-media... the discovery!
Anyhow, I just love they hymn It is Well and was singing it all the while I made this canvas. The song reminds me of my Grandpa. I sang this song constantly for several weeks after he passed away it was the on thing that kept the grief at bay. So I decided that peace was the perfect thing to put in the background to add a little "texture" to the piece. I stamped the sentiment in Pumice Stone distress ink randomly on the canvas, trying to make it darker in some parts and lighter in others.
My final addition was working a bit of Mint Julep spray onto the corners and waterbrushing into the stems to give a richer color contrast to the piece and tie the colors together. I finished with a bit more grey big brush shading around the edges, then sealed with a workable fixative.
Okay, there's still lots of eye candy to go, so I'll just leave you with the hop list and enabler's list. Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you back here tomorrow for our release day hop! Next up on the hop is my fabulous friend, Laurie!
Stamps: Surely Goodness (Verve Stamps)
Paper: 5 x 7" canvas board (Art Advantage)
Ink: Archival black, Pumice Stone Distress (Ranger), Big Brush Pens, Gelatos (Faber-castell)
Accessories: Poppies & Peonies Donna Downey stencil, light modeling paste, clear tar gel, acrylic paints, gesso, Koi watercolors, waterbrush, Mr. Huey Mint Julep spray (Studio Calico), clear embossing powder