3 Canvasses same general idea

Recently (well 3 months ago) Creative Carte Blanche started a monthly challenge aimed at creatively experimental people.   Each month a simple prompt, do with it what you will.

Some time ago, no.  A long time ago 3 6" canvasses made it into the craft room, the idea being to make some sort of triptych.

Canvas one was given a background wash with Ken Oliver colour blast.   Used far too much pigment so gave up and stashed it.

Canvas two was stamped on, the canvas was not supported sufficiently from below so the stamping was bad.   Attempts were made to rescue it but not that well and it to was stashed.

The third canvas was set aside untouched.

Then Creative Carte Blanche published their July theme.   Blossoms and Book Pages.

The first two canvas were given a coat of white gesso.   Oh my the way that Ken Oliver was reacted with that, problem solved.   Canvas 2 the gesso did not completely cover the stamping but with additional elements it would not be a problem.    Tearing/cutting up books is still to hard for me to do except for books of printed velum and music books.   Stamping onto acetate and colouring from behind supplied blossoms.

So Canvas one a piece of torn printed velum, an acetate top and a piece of washi tape to hide the velum glue.  Love how this one came out.

Canvas two, torn music page in place overstamped it with a Bird of Paradise improving the stamping with a matching felt pen.   Two more felt pens added additional colour.   As the original stamping was showing the butterfly from it was stamped again onto the printed velum and fussy cut out.   Another stamped and coloured piece of velum is the final element, it stands a little proud of the canvas and moves if there is any movement in the air.

Then came Canvas 3.   

A genuinely blank canvas.   Paper stash provided a good wordy piece to stick down the centre.  The I decided to use embossing paste with a delicate celtic knot stencil.   Didn't go exactly to plan but you can see the delicate knot pattern in the dried white paste.   Know you'd think I'd learnt my lesson with those colour bursts but no out they cam again into the wet paste.   A small grunge board covered with washi tape, the same tape crosses two corners.  Ribbon and hessian shapes provide the 'blossoms'.

No surprise then that I'm sharing these with Creative Carte Blanche.
As well as
Love 2 Create - Anything Mixed Media
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Colours of Summer

Time for tea, thank you for dropping by.


  1. This is beautiful, well done on getting your canvases finished! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Such a wonderful project Zoe
    Well done for finishing all three so beautifully

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. Great projects -- I especially like Canvas 2. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door.
    (Hugs) Cara
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  4. So happy to see you joining us at Creative Carte Blanche. It's encouraging to so many of us to see that you struggled along the way, but persevered and didn't give up. We've all been there. But that's the beauty of experimentation. We learn and grow as artists. Well done!

  5. Way to wrestle with your art!! I love your canvases, I love your processes, and I LOVE that you continued to experiment and express until you found your joy. Beautiful! So very glad your with us at CCB!

  6. Zoe....I love that you shared your story with us on how this 3rd canvas came to be! I think we've all had those experiences of having a less than expected project and we set them aside to try again another day. That is the beauty of this art journey....we're always learning, evolving and growing as artists. Your third canvas really turned out cool! I actually love the color burst on the celtic embossed areas. It's random and colorful and I love how you worked it into the rest of your canvas design. Love the flowers and the book text in the center of the canvas. Well done!!!

  7. So wonderful that you didn't give up on those canvasses and persevered! Good for you - the results were worth it! Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Carte Blanche!


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