Sunday, 27 March 2016

Circle of Life

I could not sleep last night so thought I would take the opportunity to make something just for fun. Andy Skinner and Tracy Weinzapfel have a "We Dare You To Create" challenge on their Facebook page which you can find here and I thought I would take this opportunity to join in.
I decided to have a change from making cards and try a canvas just for fun.

  1. Paint canvas with a coat of Gesso.
  2. Apply DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Diarylide Yellow, Vermilion and Cobalt Teal Hue to the background of the canvas, applying with your fingers. Do not think about it too much you are aiming for a real random feel.
  3. Place Andy Skinner's Industrial Elements stencil onto the background and then apply Cobal Teal Hue randomly over the stencil. Repeat this process with Titanium White Fluid Acrylic.
  4. Using an old credit/store card add scratchy paint lines to the background using Vermilion and Cobalt Teal Hue Fluid Acrylics.
  5. Add a touch of random background stamping with Black Archival Ink for added interest. 
  6. Apply Titanium White Fluid Acrylic to paint lids and stamp the lids onto the background.
  7. Add delicate splatters of Titanium White Fluid Acrylic to the background.

  1. Once I was happy with the background stamping I then added DecoArt Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic to paint lids and stamped the circles onto the decorated background and dried with a heat tool. I then painted around the circular areas with Cobalt Teal Hue Fluid Acrylic, blocking out the background pattern apart from the cricular areas. I applied three coats to completely cover the background.
  1.  Paint around each of the circles using a fine paintbrush with a layer of Texture Sand Paste and allow to dry. Then apply one coat of DecoArt Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylic.
  2. Add touches of DecoArt Quinacridone Gold Fluid Acrylic around the circles.
  3. Add small touches of Carbon Black Fluid Acylic around the circles to add further to the rust effect.
  1. Die cut a wild flower from white card using Tim Holtz Wildflowers Die and then colour the stem with Diarylide Yellow and touches of Vermilion Fluid Actylics.
  2. Add splatters of Vermilion Fluid Acrylic to the background.
  3. Add touches of DecoArt Crackle Glaze here and there for added interest.
  1. Add touches of Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic to the edges of the canvas, applying with a finger.

 I had fun with this piece and love the contrast of the bright colours against the subtle rusted areas.

Thanks so much for popping by. Hope you are enjoing the Easter break. Tracy x x


Lesley said...

This makes me happy. Loving the bubbles of colour!xx

Diana said...

totally love the colours you chose to use and the design!!! you make me want to play along too!!! xo

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous arty piece and what a great way to spend a sleepless night!!

Happy Easter and hopefully a good night's sleep tonight to catch up.... :o)

Helen said...

this looks great - a really good way to spend a sleepless night.

Redanne said...

Wow Tracy, your canvas is fabulous! I love the circles, the gorgeous colours and the lone flower, the whole piece is beautiful. Like Astrid, I hope you get a better night's sleep tonight. Happy Easter! Hugs, Anne xx

A Pink said...

Fabulous and a very productive sleepless night ! Tracy . Lots of lovely detail and interest .
may the sleep train stop at your station tonight .
Happy Easter

Ink Art Designs said...

It must of felt sooo good to create just for fun Tracy, and doing something a little different, like a canvas. Even if it is due to a sleepless night. Gorgeous colours and so many interesting bits to look at! I hope you enjoyed your Easter break too x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Way cool!!! What a great little canvas...artsy and colorful and fun!

Brenda Brown said...

Wow Tracy I love this with the fabulous layers and colours. Thanks for sharing the details of how to do it, I'm going back to pin so I can come back and have a go sometime, maybe a sleepless night lol.
Hope you're having a great Easter weekend.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Suchi said...

Very beautiful piece of art -thanks for the tutorial! :)
Suchi xx

Artmadnana said...

Fabulous Tracy. I love this technique. I really like the way you add texture to the drawn circles!

Pamellia said...

Beautiful Tracy! Love your bright colours, so vibrant and a wonderful contrast! I love all the little splashes and splatters all so perfectly placed in random order...if you know what I mean! Happy Easter my friend. hugs :)

Cocofolies said...

Hi Tracy
I'm happy to visit you a little bit today to wish you a very happy Easter... and also to tell you that this little canvas full of colours and a bit of rust is gorgeous!!! :)
Like you, couldn't sleep last night... it was the storm here in Brittany!
Hugs, Coco xx

Unknown said...

Truly SCRUMPTIOUS Textures and color blends Tracy... wow. That sand looks so great around the circles! But what I enjoyed the most is just the blending of the colors - so many of them - in such a lovely way with the textures and the layers... it's really just INTRIGUINGLY STUNNING. Seems like a perfectly spectacular entry to me girl!!!! Xj.

Sue said...

This is beautiful Tracy, love all the little details, and the paint spatters are fab xx

Corrie Herriman said...

How gorgeous ! I love turquoise and orange together ! Love it, Tracy ! Good luck...
Corrie x x x

Deb said...

Fabulous colours and composition Tracy, thank you for sharing it! Deb xo