Textured Canvas Panel Design

Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I was inspired to create this canvas panel.

The photo is of my husband and his mother, one of my favorite photos of the two of them.

This photo could not be enlarged, and I so wanted it hang on our home gallery wall with the other family photos. I gave up many times trying to get a printing shop and online source to enlarge the photo for me.

Then the inspiration came!

I took an Artist’s Loft 12″ X 12″ Canvas Panel and coated it with Liquitex Acrylic Gesso. I swirled the gesso in a pattern with my pallet knife. Then, I remembered a technique I saw my artist son, @ryan_babers_art, showed me. Before the gesso dried, I salted (with ordinary table salt) the canvas panel. I allowed the gesso and salt to completely dry before I applied the next steps.

Once the canvas was dried, I did a light (watered down the paint) brushing with Liquitex Mars Black Acrylic Paint and Art Alchemy Sparks Paint in Ginger Magic. From there, I let this layer dry then I misted the canvas with regular 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and applied alcohol inks from @rangerink and @tim_holtz (Oregano, Cranberry, Lettuce, Butterscotch, Botanical, Patina, and Espresso). Misting the canvas with the Isopropyl Alcohol allowed the alcohol inks to flow fluidly together. Then waited for this layer to dry. I really like how the Sparks paint came through the alcohol inks just enough to have a bit of shimmer.

I used a small ceramic frame from Michael’s Store for the photo. I painted the frame with the Mars Black acrylic paint then went over the black (once it was dry) with Liquitex Iridescent Bright Gold Ink.

To make the floral accents, I used @graphic45 “Floral Shoppe” paper collection. I “fussy cut” sections of flowers motifs from a sheet of the designer paper. I then cut “mats” to go around each motif from black Recollections brand cardstock. I inked the edges of the cardstock with the Iridescent Bright Gold ink. I mounted the floral motifs onto the black cardstock with foam dots (thin, not thick foam dots), and adhered each motif onto the canvas with hot glue. Two additional floral pieces were created using a Graphic 45 Large Tag, ATC Tag & Flower Metal Dies. I used the larger flower die and some of the Floral Shoppe designer paper to create the flower on the lower right of the canvas. I took a thin strip of the designer paper and made the flower centers. I accented the centers with the Iridescent Bright Gold Ink.

The clock was created with a Graphic 45 Square Tag & Clock Metal Die set. I used the same black cardstock I used for the florals and a combination of Iridescent Bright Gold Ink, Art Alchemy Metallique Wax Cire Cera in Aged Brass and Rich Copper, and Art Alchemy Antique Brilliant Wax Cire Cera in Mystic Turquoise.

Lastly, I added some Iridescent Bright Gold Ink to the edges of a chipboard piece from the Floral Shoppe collection.

I truly love the way this canvas panel turned out. I’m happy that I used what I thought to be an unusable photo to create a piece that can be hung on our family gallery wall.

I hope this design project inspires you to salvage old photos, or photos that you thought could not be used or displayed.

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Graphic 45 “Once Upon A Springtime” Tag Mini Album

Just a quick post and tutorial for my latest design project!

For this project, I used a Graphic 45 Square Ivory Tag Album.

In the tutorial, I show you how to put the album together and provide design inspiration. No dialog in the tutorial, just written instruction prompts and lots of photos to help you follow along as you create your tag mini album.

I hope you enjoy this video tutorial.

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Graphic 45 “Lost in Paradise” Boxed Mini Album

Happy New Year! Everyone.

So happy to bring you my first design project for 2021!

For this project, I used the gorgeous paper collection and sticker set “Lost in Paradise” from Graphic 45.

Some design elements include an inlay center piece in the front of the box, unique box opening, hinge closure, large photo display for photos, and metal “rivot” heads on hinges.

This uniquely designed boxed album set makes an attractive display for your album collection or photo library.

You can see a list of some of the primary products I used for this project design in the YouTube description box and below.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to created your own boxed mini album.

List of some of the products I used in this project.

Kraftex Sample Pack

Graphix Medium Weight Chipboard

Weldbond Glue

Glossy Accents

Reinforced Gummed Paper Tape

Silhouette Hinge Design File

Lorie Whitlock “3 Hinges” – Design #24826



Reinventing A Project Series: Final Project

Thanks for following this series!

Today, I am sharing the final project for the series. I just had a few bits of flowers leftover from the original project, and decided to design something for Halloween.

If you are just viewing the series post, here is what the original project looked like. I took it completely a part (excluding the album), and created new project designs.

Here are the two previous projects I designed from using parts of the project above.

For this last project, I used chipboard to create the potion bottle. I also used a cardboard tube from a plastic bag roll, a wooden foot base from my mixed media supplies, and topped the bottle off with a stack of 1/2″ chipboard squares. The texture for the bottle was created using Liquitex Gesso and Blended Fibers Paste. The colors on the bottle was done with a layering of Liquitex Mars Black Acrylic Paint, Prima Marketing Inc/Finnabair/Art Alchemy Sparks Paint in Fairy Wings and Iris Potion along with Silver Spoon Metallique Acrylic Paint. I used a touch of White Satin Acrylic Paint from Craftsmart (purchased from Michael’s). The flowers were originally created by using the flower and leaves die from Graphic 45 Large Tag, ATC Tag & Flower Metal Dies set. I colored with a combination of Ranger Ink/Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Scattered Straw, and Vintage Photo. I also used Liquitex Gesso for base coating the flowers and the Mars Black Acrylic Paint. The chain was distressed with the same combination of paints and acrylics as mentioned before.

Additional accents for the bottle include chipboard and brad pieces from Recollections (Michael’s brand) and “Wicked Mechant Malvado” from My Mind’s Eye. I used a Mini Pocket Watch from Time Holtz Idea-olgy. For the Poison and Potion titles on the bottle, I used PN Goose Pimples font from Silhouette and cut the letters out on my Cameo 3 with Recollections black cardstock. I triple layered the letters to give a raised effect. I created the label bases by cutting cardstock in layering the cut pieces three times. I distressed the labels with Ranger Ink/Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot and Vintage Photo.

Here is a video showing the entire project process design.

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