Tuesday

Inside the mind of a mixed media wannabe-artist...

Canvas-for-Lavina

Ever wonder what really goes on inside the mind of a mixed media wannabe-artist?? *winks*

"Okay. Blank canvas. What shall I do with you?" 
"Hmmm...some wrapping tissue?"
[Starts scrunching and adhering wrapping tissue with gel medium to base of canvas]
"Okay, let's bring out the paints for a party!" [Imaginary party music plays in head as she mixes her paints with glaze]
[5 minutes later
"Uh oh...too many paints came to the party. It looks like a crazy person did this."
Urgh! What can I do to save this?" [Drums fingers on desk, may start biting nails any minute now]
[Lightbulb comes on!
"Templates and mediums!" [Dramatic music plays in the background....]


"Okay, now it doesn't look so terrible."
"I so want to use this number template...maybe with some mist?"
[Sprays some black mist.]
"Not bad, not bad. Looking pretty good now."
"Maybe just a wee bit more colour..." [Adds paint to canvas enthusiastically.]
"Shit! Now it's looking like crap again! Come on woman, think! What can you do, what can you do?" 


[5 minutes and 2 cookies later...]
"Gesso to the rescue!" [Applies gesso to palm of hand and starts putting it randomly on canvas...]
"Phew! Good save! No more paint!"
"It's missing something though...a focal point. Maybe some flowers. I so need to use up those paper blooms. Maybe a pop of bright colour..." 



"Now it looks like the flowers are just floating...hmmmm...what can I do? Paint some stems!"
[Paints stems with a paintbrush] 
"Now it's ruined again! What did I say? No more paint! Okay, cover it up with a little gesso."
"Much better now." 
"Rub-ons! I can try rub-ons!" [Applies rub-ons...]
"Looking good...looking good" [Bruno Mars croons, "Girl, you're amazing...just the way you are...."]
"Now, I just have to add the name and I'm all done..." 

Supplies: Crafter's Workshop templates, Golden coarse molding paste and fiber paste, Maya mists, Daley Rowney acrylic paints, Basic Grey rub-ons and brads, Prima canvas letters, wrapping tissue, gesso, 6x6 canvas.

P/s: I made this canvas for my bloggy pal Lavina. Come play along with my guest Colleen's shabby chic challenge...it ends on Friday! :)

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31 comments:

Laurel said...

Don't know how you do it, everything is always amazing!

Katy said...

Love how you shared this story! Great canvas! Love everything about it! :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Fabulous!!!!!!!

lavina agarwal said...

yeee..i am the proud recipient of this masterpiece!! It is beautiful.

love the way you describe the making ;)

thanks again!

Miae said...

I don't know what I love more...the canvas or getting to hear the inner workings of you mind :) This is awesome!

Irini said...

Yvonne!!!!!!! drool this is stunning and I love the funny running commentary!!
adore your creation thanks for sharing!
hugz
irini

Linda R said...

What a wonderful canvas. Looks like you had some fun my friend..

Hugs~

Hussena said...

Wao!..This canvas looks so beautiful..Really love the way you went about making it..I am sure Lavina must have love it...:)

Crafterkhush said...

Your blog post was the bestest thing ever.. fun to read and what an amazing mixed media canvas... Superb.. Lucky Lavina..!

dr.jaya said...

lovely canvas!!lucky Lavina!! i love the way you describe the canvas in the making...was so much fun to read!

Ali said...

Ha ha ha ha!! Love this post and hearing what goes on in your crazy artistic mind!! What a stunning result....gorgeousness on a canvas :0)

Naomi Edwards said...

hahahahahahaha!!!!! I can't tell you how many times I laughed...you seriously should consider being a writer.. brilliantly put together.

I really love the colors on this canvas , the whole thing turned out so amazing.. your friend will loveeeeeee it...thanks for sharing how you did it, I am honestly giving this a try once my brain absorbs all that you do, I guess I know now not to give up when I think it looks like crap.. you are so awesome.

Shahrul Niza said...

LOL, too many paints came to the party??. I LOVE your story :). And your canvas rock!. Yummy texture!

Sherry Eckblad said...

I love it! I always wondered what happened when too many paints came to a party and now I know.

Audrey Pettit said...

LOL, you are too funny! Love how it all came out!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

LOL!! I am cracking up!!! Toooooooooooooo funny!!! But this looks AMAZING!! Loving those 'floating' flowers!!! LOL!!! :)

Saumya said...

am just trying my hands into mixed media...this has been my latest addiction...and I did a simple one...as I had no gesso ...and none of the major mix media stuff...but now am slowly collecting them...and I hope to learn from your inspirations to come up with something decent on my own....

Cindy deRosier said...

LOVE your internal dialogue! So fun to "hear" your creative process.

sandi said...

What a wonderful canvas. Love the colors and texture! Looks great!

glorygirl said...

LOL!!!! Just started a watercolor project last night and can TOTALLY relate!!!! Your project turned out SO WELL!!!!

Ujjwal said...

LOL ...I love reading your blog posts..firstly because they are so much fun, they just crack me up and secondly they super amazingly creative :)

Naddy said...

beautiful canvas!

TesaB said...

*Giggle* You are too funny! Great post and FAB canvas!!!! You are amazing!!!!

Annette said...

girl you are too funny...thanks for the smile...

This is so amazing..love the hidden chevrons..awesome textures..

Debbie said...

WOW!!! Love the colors, textures and flowers!!! Amazing!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Wow, this is so beautiful, love the textures and the colors and the cool design! Fabulous.

Helen Tilbury said...

Stunning Yvonne!! You are an absolute hoot! My page last night could have used that exact soundtrack - except that Gangnum style was ACTUALLY playing LOL LOL!!

~amy~ said...

holy smackeral...now that's a canvas!

Lynnda said...

its beautiful....Seriously I must do one!!! You inspire me my friend..



P/S: feeling a little better today!...thanks...hugs...xoxo

Alice Wertz said...

you ARE an artist, Yvonne! amazing layers and textures! beautiful work of art!

E.T. said...

ahahaha funny post but I reallllly love it! you just inspired me to go to an art shop, get some tiny canvases and colour my world!

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