Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Adventure is worthwhile in itself!

Today I have my weekly post for Artistic Outpost and this week I am showcasing one of my favourite sets Charles and Amelia.
I wanted to create something a little different so opted for a canvas this week full of rusty texture and dimension.
My focal image from the Charles and Amelia stamp set has been stamped onto white card and coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then flicked with water to age. I then adhered my focal image to my canvas and then began with the following steps:
  1. Die cut cogs from thick card using Tim Holtz Gadget Gears Die and adhere to the canvas.
  2. Apply a coat of DecoArt Media Crackle Paste with a palette knife,remembering to apply around the edges too and then set aside to dry completely.
  3. Apply DecoArt Texture Sand to the top of the gears and randomly around the canvas and allow to dry
  4. Paint the whole canvas with DecoArt Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic and dry with a heat tool or allow to dry naturally. 
  5. Spray the canvas with Carbon Black Mister, to cover any remaining white areas and dry with a heat tool.
  6. Dry brush with Titanium White Fluid Acrylic.
  7. Add a small amount of Phthalo Turquoise to a paint pallette and add water to create a wash and then paint the wash over the canvas but not around the central area, dry with a heat tool.
  8. Add a small amount of Quinacridone Gold to a paint pallette and add water to create a wash and then apply the wash randomly over the canvas, trying not to cover up all the Phthalo Turquoise areas. Dry with a heat tool.
  9. Add a small drop of Quinacrindone Gold Fluid Acrylic to a non-stick craft sheet and pick up a tiny amount of paint on the edge of a paintbrush and apply around the canvas, to give a further depth of colour to the washes. Dry with a heat tool. Repeat this process adding layers of colour until you are happy with the depth. I tend to use a flat brush and use a dabbing motion to apply the neat Quinacridone Gold.
  10. Apply a dirty wash (Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Gray and Ultra-Matte Varnish) over the whole of the canvas.
  11. Apply IndigoBlu Flitter glue randomly around the canvas and allow the glue to turn clear (this then means that any flakes can then be applied). Add Chocolate Box Mega-Flake to the areas where the glue has been applied. Press the Mega-Flake with your fingers to make good contact and then rub over the areas with scoochy foam to remove the excess flakes.
  12. Apply a coat of Ultra-Matte Varnish once the canvas is completely finished.
This picture shows the fabulous textures and amazing crackle along with the touches of Mega-Flakes added randomly around the canvas.
I also wanted to join in with the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 30 which this time around is Faux Cracked Glass. The technique is on page 54 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Book Volume lll.The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the fabulous sponsor this time around. I had a couple of vintage monocles and decided to use both in my piece and I applied the technique to the monocle and also to one of Tim's Tiny Vials.
I have also added a Prima Marketing embellishment to the top of my monocle along with a Remnant Rub for added interest.
I have also included a few rusted mini sprockets which again have been rusted and aged.
The focal image from the Artistic Outpost Charles and Amelia stamp set has been encased behind a vintage monocle and I have added a Remnant Rub to the top and aged a little with a touch of Rust Alcohol Ink.
I stamped the sentiment "Adventure is worthwhile in itself" from the Charles and Amelia stamp set, stamped onto white card with Black Archival Ink and coloured around the edges with paint. As this piece is full of texture I thought I would also enter this into the Craft Stamper Take It Make It June Challenge which this month is all about TEXTURE. I am also entering this piece into the Mixed Media World Challenge which this time around is Masculine/Father's Day.
I would also like to enter this into the Anything But Cute Challenge, run by the wonderful Pamellia, where the theme is "Make it Masculine".

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed the step by steps for my mixed media canvas. Tracy x x

25 comments:

Shelly Hickox said...

Gorgeous! I love all the texture in this, Tracy!

Candy C said...

Wow Tracy. This canvas is so amazing with all of it's dimension and texture. You've packed so much onto such a small area. Just amazing! I always love what you do with the Charles and Amelia stamps. I love your rusted areas...they look so realistic! Really a beautiful piece! <3 Candy

Susan said...

Amazing, Tracy! Love all your close ups of all the detail - there are so many wonderful things to take in! Great technique! Thanks for joining us for this challenge!

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Wow! So much texture and the colour combination is amazing!! I get very excited when seeing something like this. Amazing piece of art, Tracy! Thank you for your sweet comment and for entering our challenge at Mixed Media World! Ingrid x

rachel said...

amazing - I love the texture on this - brilliant xx

Redanne said...

I am just picking my jaw up off the floor Tracy! Your canvas is simply stunning! I love that stamp set too and I also love the wonderful colours you used, the fabulous crackling and of course, the flittering - everything is just so beautiful. I love this!! Hugs, Anne xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Fabulous! The colors and textures are just stunning, Tracy.

Sandra said...

This is so fabulous, Tracy! Love all the texture and the crackle! So much detail! Hugs, Sandra

Pamellia Johnson said...

I am literally at a loss for words right now Tracy!! You have made some really top notch projects since I started following you, but this has just shot to the top of my favourites list!! I'm drooling all over myself and my nose is right up at the screen trying to take it all in!! Pinned, bookmarked and saved to my hard drive for future inspiration!! I bow down to the master of all that is touchable! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

I am just tickled pink that you joined us at Anything But Cute for our 'Make It Masculine' challenge, this is beyond incredible! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

ElizabethR said...

Wow this is fabulous Tracy, love all the different textures. Thank's for joining in the Take It Make It challenge and good luck, Elizabeth xxx

Julia Aston said...

Love all the crackle and metal on this with the focus on the monacle and stamping under it - what a beautiful piece!

Rea' said...

Another one with amazing details, love all the textures and techniques !

Yvonne said...

The textures...the colors, the composition...hello! FABULOUS! BEAUTIFUL! LOVE!!!! Your crackling is perfection! What a great piece! THanks so much for sharing with us at CC3C!

Yvonne said...

The textures...the colors, the composition...hello! FABULOUS! BEAUTIFUL! LOVE!!!! Your crackling is perfection! What a great piece! THanks so much for sharing with us at CC3C!

Inkypinkycraft said...

a gorgeous project..love all those textures x

Pawsitively Creative said...

This is super duper awesome sauce with so many amazeballs textures and rusty goodness! Love everything about this fantabulous design and your lovely techniques! Wowzers! Did I say this is awesome? Because it it!

Thanks for joining in our Make It Masculine challenge this month at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

Linda said...

WOW! What a fabulous canvas, full of gorgeous textures and the colours are amazing! Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

Shari Trumbull said...

Holy Moly, Tracy!! This is just ASTOUNDING!! Just WOW! I feel so inadequate as a crafter when I see the amazing things you make (especially for AO!) ;) :) But, you are so kind with us, and you listed the steps you took to create this stunning canvas!! I wanna play like you do, and with your steps, I may just be able to create a layered masterpiece like this!! :) :) Thank you so much for your continued creative wonderfulness, Tracy!! XOXO-Shari

Sara Barker said...

Did you hear that noise? That was my cries of pain as my jaw came unhinged and hit the floor! Just preceding that, you may have heard squeals of delight! Tracy, I'm absolutely floored by this amazing Masculine canvas, with so much rich texture and color! I'm so happy you included so many great close up shots so we could see this as we would in real life. Because I would be holding and tilting it every which way to take each and every crusty detail in! And I'm also pleased you took your time to outline your steps for us...BRAVO! Thank you so much for joining our Make It Masculine challenge at Anything But Cute with this marvelous creation! hugs! Sara Emily DT

Samra Leshinski said...

What an amazing piece of art in such gorgeous colors!!! Love it!!! Thank you so very much for joining our Make It Masculine challenge at Anything But Cute!
Samra DT

butterfly said...

Wow, wow, and wow again - stunning rusty textures and crackles and colours - an altogether wonderful canvas, Tracy. Fabulous!
Alison xx

Anita Houston said...

Amazing texture and wonderfulness! LOVE the crackle, love the color!

Chrissy said...

Fantastic mixed media canvas Tracy...just stunning..

luv CHRISSYxx

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Tracy, this is absolutely fantastic! The textures are heavenly! Thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media World! Ingrid x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Hi Tracy, just wanted to pop in and say Congratulations on being chosen as a DT Favourite at Anything But Cute and for your Outstanding Technique award! Your project is so gorgeous!! I will be emailing you shortly. hugs :)