Friday, May 6, 2011


Here is a 10 x 10 canvas I just finished to give to a friend for her 40th birthday, which we will be celebrating this evening:

Sorry for the poor quality of this photo! 

There are lots of layers on this piece, including a base of used tea bags that were dried, taken apart and then the tea was discarded. Matte gel medium to layer them onto the canvas. This created a wrinkled texture that I love.  

Over that layer I sponged through some stencils, then added rubber stamped images that were stamped on tissue paper and then adhered with the same gel medium.  I colored in some of the flowers, rubbed the whole canvas with ink pads, added some more stenciling, etc., etc. 

The collage image with a transparency overlay and some butterflies were added next.  Then I applied the lace at the top, added a shell button and some pink bling here and there.  Grosgrain ribbon was attached to the edges all around to cover up the stapled canvas.

This whole process took me two days to complete.  Hope she is happy with it!

Thanks for visiting.


Jeanie Callaghan said...

This is just a beautiful BEAUTIFUL work of art and I am very sure your friend will just love it.

Joanna said...

Of course she'll be happy with it - it's beautiful and made with such thought and care.

That tea bag background is interesting - I'll have to have a go at that. I really like the wrinkly effect too. All those layers have given it a lovely girly vintage feel.

2 posts in 2 days - well done!


Lin said...

OH MY GOODNESS, this is gorgeous, Joy! I wish I could see it up close and personal, all those layers are wonderful!!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

your canvas is amazing! what a gorgeous gift. I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

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