Advent Day No 6.
I am so chuffed and excited to present you with this artwork!
It’s so different for me, but sooooo easy!!
Sam Crowe flew down from oop Norf this week, to help give me the kickstart I needed, just show me a few tricks – and before you could say clean your brushes, I was away.
So today’s the day that we begin a new Journey:
Canvas for Clarity.
Let me show you what I achieved almost instantly…
First thing, a brand new beautiful stencil.
So I cut away the top part of the frame,
just because I wanted it open at the top.
Tape it to one of our brand spanking new fabulous,
top quality A5 Canvas Boards.
Drag the Grunge Paste through the stencil with a spreader, from the bottom up, and don’t worry about stripes or missing bits.
You want it a little imperfect!
Drag some into the sky area too.
Allow it to dry. You can gently help it along with a heat gun
if you can’t wait!
Enter the Golden Open Acrylic Paints.
You can use the System 3 paints from Daler Rowney no problem, but I’m telling you, working with these Golden Open Paints
(ie slow drying and oily) is the best. The absolute best. They are a much higher price point, but well worth every penny.
I used our Stencil Brushes too.
Another perfect tool for this paint job.
Load a little Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold onto a brush,
and lightly start brushing into the canvas from the edge.
Always from an edge inwards.
Load a second brush with the Quinacridone Magenta and add again. No need to wait for the gold underneath to dry.
It blends together beautifully.
3rd colour Phthalo Blue Open.
Add it to the Magenta left on the blending mat or craft mat.
This 3rd blend will yield all sorts of amazing colours when added to the gold and red!
Just watch! It’s like magic!
Add some more of the blue/magenta mix to the church.
It’s that easy.
Just keep sweeping colour lightly across the Texture paste.
You can get in to real points with the stencil brushes
because they’re pointed.
So now we’ve got enough paint on the canvas,
it’s time for highlights and lowlights!
Your most vital tools now are 2 things:
A baby wipe and a paper towel.
Gently, very gently, remove paint in dark areas by lightly sweeping the surface of the Grunge paste with the baby wipe, allowing it to soak in, then wiping it with a dry paper towel just as gently.
In other words, you can use the wet wipe to remove paint where you want to lighten an area.
Next, take a scalpel blade and further highlight edges of the Grunge Paste.
Decide where your light source is, where the moon or the sun is in the sky, and then scratch in a highlight accordingly.
See what I mean? Light areas where I’ve baby wiped it, and scratched in highlights.
Lovely so far, but wait until we mount this on another white Canvas board.
Use a sheet of our Double-sided Adhesive tape
and attach it to the back of the artwork.
Simply flip it and lay it down on a clean A4 Canvas board.
The artwork is so tactile and dimensional!
Good enough to hang on a wall any day.
Or take a look at what I have sourced:
Super little acrylic stands.
They come as a Box of 10 stands
I always use them for displaying the artwork on the TV Shows,
or at exhibitions.
They’re ideal if you do craft fairs or table-top sales, too.
Anyway, I decided these would make the perfect accompaniment
to our Canvas-board work.
So you can display your art as a standing piece,
and even give the recipient a little stand together with the gift.
It’s such an delightful creative art way!
I spent the most enjoyable day figuring this out.
Each canvas should come with a warning though:
It’s about time I gathered up all the techniques I have been applying to cardmaking for the past 20 odd years,
and applied it to canvas.
So there we have it. Canvas for Clarity in 2015.
We are launching Canvas for Clarity with 8 different sizes,
all of which are now available on the website as of today.
4″ x 4″
6″ x 6″
8″ x 8″
12″ x 12″
One more thing:
ARSE. Art Requires Signature Everytime.
It’s time I started owning my art and celebrating it!
So I’ve only been doing this Grunge Paste / Open Acrylic thing since today. I can’t wait to see what I can do once I know what I’m doing!!!
I do hope you like it, and I do hope you join us on the canvas trail.
This could get big, you know….