Hello crafty friends! I had so much fun getting inky and painty and messy creating this canvas! The beach-themed Items are a great size for this 8" x 10" canvas but would also work beautifully on a larger one-or even a smaller one if you just wanted to focus on a few items or create a more clustered effect.
The canvas base was primed with gesso and then spongepainted with blue and tan acrylic paint. I ran the chipboard waves(painted blue) and the diecuts( birds, cattails, and the design in the upper right corner) through the Xyron sticker maker machine then added them to the canvas. They were then lightly sponged with the same acrylic paints.(Thanks so much to my good friend Melissa for the bird and corner diecuts!)
The shell pieces were each done separately; I mixed microbeads with texture paste for the starfish to give it a rougher texture and I rubbed white texture paste onto the sand dollar with my finger just enough to give it a sort of chalky look. The two shells were sponged a bit and I very lightly brushed on some of the mists I was going to be using. The Xyron machine was wonderful for all these odd-shaped pieces! I did add thick glue dots to some of the pieces just because they were layered over the one next to them and parts of them were lifted a little higher off the canvas.
The fence was painted tan then run through a woodgrain embossing folder which had been dabbed with a white Distress Paint dauber (aptly named Picket Fence) and the lighthouse was painted white then distressed with the tan paint and a bit of light brown ink which I rubbed in with my fingers. Did I mention I like to get messy when I craft?!
I then misted lightly over the canvas with tan and turquoise mists and a touch of opaque white. I lightly brushed a little turquoise mist over the waves to define them and then rubbed a bit of blue ink along their edges.
I inked around the edges of the canvas with tan and blue inks and then pronounced it done! Thanks heaps and piles for stopping by and I hope you have a chance to get inky and painty and messy this week!
Gypsy Soul Items Used
Beach Shape Set
Seaside Decor-coming soon!
Other Items Used
Xyron Sticker Maker
Ranger Distress Paint-Picket Fence
Tattered Angels, Dylusions, and Mister Huey's mists