Monday, 20 January 2014


This week Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge has us all thinking about an alphabet inspired challenge. Will you use product from American Crafts? Create a whole album? An assemblage? Use adhesives in a special way? Whatever your take this week the challenge is all about the letter 'A'.

The letter 'A' instantly had me thinking about ART and how I could use the letter 'A' and ART in my artsy canvas.
I began by painting my canvas with a coat of Very Berry Fresco Finish Paint, applying the paint with a pice of Cut 'n' Dry Foam.
I love adding multiple layers to a canvas to give added interest. This time around I applied Little Black Dress Fresco Finish Paint through Tim Holtz Harlequin Layering Stencil. I then moved the stencil slightly and then added Very Berry Fresco Finish Paint to give a shadow effect.
For a further layer of interest I applied Very Berry Fresco Finish Paint to the background stamp from the Classics 4 Stamp set using a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam and then stamped randomly around the background of my canvas. I love the tone on tone effect.
At this stage I decided I would like some texture added to my canvas and applied White Embossing Paste through Wendy Vecchi's 3 Flourishes Stencil. However, If I had thought about this in the first place I would have applied the Embossing Paste prior to painting the canvas, however, sometimes this is how art develops!
I then placed the 3 Flourishes Stencil back over the top of the embossed design and added a coat of Very Berry Fresco Finish Paint. Once completely dry I then applied White Fire Treasure Gold Wax to highlight the detail and texture. At this stage I also added more background stamping using the background stamp from Tim Holtz Classics 9 stamp set, this time using Little Black Dress paint applied to the stamp. From this picture you can see all the layers I have added to the background.
I added a letter 'A' to the bottom of my canvas, again painted with Very Berry Fresco Finish Paint. I added background stamping to the letter along with Alpha Parts to add ART to the top. To add definition I also applied Black Soot Distress Ink to the edges of the letter. For further dimension and interest I also included a small wooden bird coloured with Black Soot Distress Ink. Again a further layer was added using Remnant Rubs Words.
To give yet further interest I added a UTEE heart dimension. I place the background stamp from the Classics 4 Stamp set uppermost onto a Non-Stick Craft Sheet, placed a heart cookie cutter onto the stamp and then poured hot Black Utlra Thick Embossing Enamel (melted into a Melt Pot) into the cutter and then set aside to cool. I then removed the cutter from the stamp. The heart was then painted with Very Berry Fresco Finish Paint and once dry I applyed White Fire Wax over the raised areas. I also applied Black Archival Ink around the edges of the heart for added definition.
I recycled the small sectioned tray packaging from some Prima embellishments, painted it with Fresco Finish Paint, added Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges and added Alpha Parts, heart and bird embellishments.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members art work, they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.Tracy x x

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Classics 4 Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Classics 9 Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Harlequin Layering Stencil
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Alpha Parts Signmaker, Alpha Parts Newsprint, Alpha Parts Ransom, Remnant Rubs Words
Black Soot Distress Ink
Black Archival Ink

Wendy Vecchi Stencils For Art 3 Flourishes
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints - Very Berry, Little Black Dress
PaperArtsy Treasure Gold Wax White Fire
Cut 'n' Dry Foam
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Birds
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Hearts and Arrows
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Melt Pot
Black Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel


Inkypinkycraft said...

I do love that stencil...a great make for the letter A. I love the rich colour too , not that it is one I have played with but you have make a great piece of art here x trace

Brenda Brown said...

Beautifully textured and designed Tracy, a great make.
Have a good week.
hugs {brenda} x0x

carol edwards said...

Love the colours and textures Tracy x

rachel said...

super piece and great textures Tracy - love this x

Willkommen auf meiner Kreativseite. said...

A wonderful artwork! I'm ecstatic.

Dianne said...

Beautiful in pink, love the texture, loooooove the tiny boxes, this was a brilliant project for the A, thanks for sharing..

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous pink art! Love the layers of pink on the canvas. Such a beautiful pinkalicious canvas!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Canvas Tracy. xxx

SCarol said...

Love all the texture and really helpful to see it step by step.

Dorthe said...

Your canvas is gorgeous, love all the texture, and the added sweet 3.d pieces,....and love the pink :-) Tracy .

Meihsia Liu said...

Such a fantastic canvas, Tracy. I really love this beautiful pink color scheme. :)

Candy C said...

Tracy...your Berry Pink art canvas assemblage is really pretty. I love all of the texture and patterns. The harlequins look like they are coming out from within the canvas! I also love the leafy white images...very nice contrast and pretty design. The little compartmentalized cube is such a cute idea with (of course) the hearts and "ART" running diagonally. The block "A" with the random stamping and little bird is such embellishment in the lower corner. As always, a very detailed and beautifully done piece. <3 Candy

Anita in France said...

What fantastic texture and dimension, Tracy ... and the most brilliant, vibrant pink! Anita :)

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Pretty pinks, Tracy!! I love the backgrounds too!

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Anonymous said...

A fun, bold, arty canvas with very clever use in the repetition of the word art.

Mona Pendleton said...

Very pretty artsy canvas Tracy! Love all the tiny hearts and birds! Fabulous work of art! Thanks for the inspiration!

Marci said...

I love this. The color, the stamping, the little birds, wonderful.

Redanne said...

Your canvas is beautifully textural and I love that gorgeous dimensional A at the bottom and the lovely embellishments in the little box. A beautiful piece of art Tracy. Anne x

Anonymous said...

This is so cute! Love the little tiny divided box :)

Kim Dellow said...

Hey up lovely Tracy, gorgeous as always :) Kimx

butterfly said...

Such bold colours, and I love the tray mounted to add extra dimension - so cool!
Alison x

Jenny Marples said...

Loving the drama in this Tracy, especially the letter A and the little shelves. Some fantastic ideas. Jenny x

barbarayaya62 said...

Beautiful work ! The pink is not a color I use often and I must say that you've used here in a charming way! I like the small box and the letter A is fabulous! Barbarayaya

Sandra said...

Wow, what a pretty pink piece of art! Love the bold color! And the 3D A is such a great touch! Hugs, Sandra

Anna-Karin said...

This is fantastic Tracy! Love all the repetition of 'art', the big 'a', great textures and of course that you used another of the Prima embellishment boxes.

Ivanka said...

Amazing project! Love everything about it. Thanks for showing the pics of the process.

Marianne C said...

Only one word applies WOW..absolutely stunning canvas. Gorgeous work, thank you for the inspiration!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

This piece turned out fabulously! I have never used pink as a palette color, but you've inspired me to give it a whirl! I adore the many techniques and elements you've incorporated here. Really lovely!

Lori said...

Lovely piece Tracy! The texture is wonderful!