Friday, May 10, 2013

Spring Whimsy Canvas

Spring is in full glory here in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The birds in the nest on my front door wreath have hatched and are ready to fly any day now. It's warm and the dandelions didn't even bother to stay yellow for a day but went right to seed - and there are lots of them! Everything is so green, lush and beautiful - it is an awesome, amazing world our God has created for us to enjoy.
"The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy."
Psalm 65:8
I had so much fun coloring the little wooden embellishments by Prima on the altered jar project (seen here) that I wanted to color some more! The cute little box they come in contains lots of pieces and they just seemed so springy and whimsical I was inspired to create this canvas to feature them on:
(click on pictures to enlarge and clarify)
I started with a base of sheet music paper. It is from a child's lesson book and is called "Little Spring Song".
After coloring the paper with Gelato in blues and greens, I decided I wanted more coverage and went over it with Tim Holtz Distress Paint. A bit of texture was added with Staz-On ink applied through punchenella and a little stamping with the Unity Stamp Company "She Script" stamp.

The My Mind's Eye "Remarkable" paper collection was perfect for all of the elements on my project. I free hand cut all the pieces and inked the edges with Staz-On in Stone Gray. Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Fired Brick perfectly matches the papers so I colored a piece of chip from my stash to use for a roof.
I decided the papers that make up the tree were in need of another layer so I put Distress Crackle on the trunk. In playing with Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste, I discovered it can be colored with Gelato without changing the viscosity of the paste - love that! I mixed the embossing paste with two yellow colors of Gelato and applied it through the Crafter's Workshop mini Chicken Wire Reversed stencil on to the tree top.

"Santa's Sleighful" is the name of the font I used to type the verse - this is one of my favorite fonts and is perfect for this project despite it's winter name! 
After adhering all of the paper pieces with Mod Podge I shaded around them with Faber Castell Big Brush Pen in Cold Grey III. Next came coloring the little wooden embellishments by Prima with Faber Castell pens. The India Ink in these markers is perfect for coloring the wood. The last step was to add the sun. I mixed up another batch of embossing paste with Gelato and applied it through the Crafter's Workshop Mini Zinnia stencil.
eclectic Paperie carries the products I've used on my canvas and they are linked for you in this post - so shop away!
I am very pleased with this piece
 - it is springy and whimsical and praises the Lord - 
and that's all good!
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Angella Dee said...

Hi Teresa. I love the verse you have used - its so beautiful. Love the colours of your canvass and the gorgeous tree and am crazy about the little houses. I hope you are keeping well. I am still working on your hen and rooster. so sorry about taking so long- will be finished by the end of the month !! God bless. much love.

Anita Houston said...

Great canvas!!! I love the Spring/Summer feel! The sunshine is fabulous, and all the fabric!

Marjie Kemper said...

Beuatiful! Love your gelato base... it's so springy and the quote looks wonderful cut this way.

Teresa Kline said...

wow, this is awesome, fabulous creation!

enjoy *~*

Ruth Packard said...

This is lots of fun! I love the finished canvas and it sure is special for you to share the process! One of the best parts is the verse giving praise to The Lord!!