Saturday, 15 June 2013

Home is the place where our hearts belong........

Good morning my little duckadees. May you all be in good health (or at least feeling better dear Ita) and basking in glorious sunshine.......ever the optimist!!!
A warm welcome to Anne, who has dipped a toe in the pond. Hope you enjoy visiting.

And now, for something completely different............a canvas. 
I bought some on offer in Hobbycraft as I thought it would be fun to have a play and it was.
I had a dabble with a large canvas and some acrylics a few years ago when I wanted something abstract for the bedroom (steady now !!!).
It was a bit of a Jackson Pollock moment, although Mr Duck said it looked more like Jackson.......well, I shall just say he changed one of the letters in the surname!!!
Needless to say, I haven't bothered since (but my picture is still on the bedroom wall).

Take one 10x8 stretched canvas (pre gesso-ed). I stamped the sentiment in the corner with VersaMark and heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear embossing powder so I could get a resist effect when I applied the ink. You need to make sure there's good contact as mine did blur a bit (hence no close up......don't you dare zoom in!!!).
I then applied Tim Holtz Distress Inks with sponges, just sort of blending them about a bit (sorry for the lack of technical terminology). I used;
Peacock Feathers
Shabby Shutters
Mustard Seed and
Spiced Marmalade.
I then wet the end of my fingers, flicked water at the canvas then rolled some kitchen towel over it. I did this a couple of times.
Next, I gave the canvas a light spray with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Tarnished Gold and let it dry.
After about 20 mins, I took the loose butterflies from Splodgeaway's Bountiful Butterflies set and inked through the masks with the same inks as earlier but with more intensity. I would recommend than you pop something under the canvas to support it, in case the pressure when inking through the masks stretches it. 
Here is another angle to try and show off the gold mica does really shimmer in the flesh.

I know its not exactly Sheena Douglass but I'm chuffed with it. It will only be staying in Chateau Canard because of the blurry sentiment but it has made me want to do some more, so watch this space. I may also start popping some pics of my jewellery on as well, as that was my first love, that I have not forsaken.
Anyhoo, all from me for now so be good.

Ang x


  1. Good Morning Ang,
    Well no matter what Mr Duck has said about this wonderful "work of art" I LOVE what you have done with the canvas.
    I have a couple of them in my store which I have not used, might just give something like this a go. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Have a Great Day

    Patricia xxx

  2. Morning Ang and anyone that follows on after me!

    This is lovely Ang you are a dark horse metaphorically speaking of course I wouldn't insult a Duck!LOL!

    I love the technical expertise of 'flicking water' excellent example of what can be achieved even when you better half is shall we say less appreciative. Hope the other picture hangs over his head! LOL! Very nice though Ang I would have it on my wall blurred writing or not!!Really!

    crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  3. Hi Ang, WOW what a talent you have, this is gorgeous, great colours and boy love the butterflies. The finger flicking technique sounds interesting. Mr Duck does not appreciate a work of art.

    Wilma x x


  4. Good morning Ang, this is WOW, it's good to try other things and you have made a great piece of art here. Look forward to seeing your jewellery.

    Hazel xxx

  5. I think it looks great. xxx

  6. Me, a dark horse, neigh! Sorry couldn't resist that. I should clarify, in Mr Duck's defence, he does like this one. It was the old one, which does indeed hang above our heads, that he wasn't keen on.
    Thanks for the lovely comments. x

  7. Luvly canvas - I have a few in my stash that I have not dared to use yet but this might just give me the inspiration that I need xx GailT xx

  8. A duck of many talents!! Like others I have a canvas or two in my accumulations after watching Sheena a long time ago - well before paint fusion - so I might just get in the mood to have a go now that you have inspired me. Best wishes Jackie

  9. Hi Ang thank you for the nice wishes,fingers crosses no pain to day ,but aslo no food,as when I eat the pain is back.
    enough of my rambling This work of art is stunning,I bought some canvas a few weeks ago,and had no idea what or where to start,thanks for the inspiration do you think it would work with oils?? or water colour's ????as hubby is into Art and I could nick some of his products.

  10. Thanks for the wonderful suggestion, I would like pinks and purples on my eye patch!!!!

    Patricia xxx