First of all, I'm very grateful to Sharon for having me as a Guest Designer.
This month's theme, "All About the Center" is very cool, important & interesting. When I saw the moodboard colors for May, I was inspired to create a Vintage Mixed Media Canvas. For the Focal Element, I chose one of the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls from his Idea-ology line. These paper dolls are perfect for vintage themed projects. To make the photo stand out more, I added some torn pieces of old book paper & washi tape underneath it. I stuck a pair of stamped, colored and fussy cut wings to make the focal element more interesting & go with the theme. I also added a white outline to the wings with a white gel pen to make them pop against the background. Then, I surrounded the boy's photo with complimenting elements (a clock charm, flowers, wooden gears, alphabets & numbers, gauze & sisal) to add texture, interest and make the composition fuller.
Here are some photos of the Vintage Mixed Media Canvas- "Imagine" :
1. Prepared the 6 by 8 canvas board with Prima's Heavy White Gesso
2. Applied Modelling Paste through Mudra Stamps Grunge Fx Stencil
3. Added Lindys Midnight Bronze Embossing Powder to the wet Modelling Paste and heat set it to get a bubbly textured look.
4. Added colors using Lindy's Sprays & Shakers.
5. Did background stamping with Archival Ink, Visible Image, Hero Arts, Prima & Dylusions Stamps
6. For the focal element used one of the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.
7. Created the main composition and did layering using multiple elements including gauze, Creative Embellishment Chipboards, wooden alphas & numbers, metal charms, sisal & washi tape.
8. Added brads and black thread to create movement in the piece.
9. For the sentiments, used a few Tim Holtz Ideaology stickers.
10. Dry brushed on white gesso on the textured surface for some highlights
11. Created ink splatter and highlighted some of the elements with Finnabair waxes.
12. In the end, added a few details with a white gel pen & black marker & also, darkened the edges of the canvas with distress inks.
Thanks a lot for your precious time