Thursday, July 14, 2016

Guest Designer for A Vintage Journey-Monochromatic Canvas

Hello lovely friends and visitors! I'm excited  to be Guest Designer at A Vintage Journey today for the talented Tracy's challenge theme "Monochromatic"! For her challenge I've chosen to make a shabby canvas.






I love creating monochromatic projects, and usually the toughest part is deciding on a color! I went with teals/turquoise this time, and my inspiration was the resin embellishment I picked up at Hobby Lobby at the bottom right hand side. Hopefully these colors will cool us off! It's been notihing but HOT, HOT, and more HOT here!


Because my canvas claimed to be triple coated with gesso, I got right to work. I laid down some Golden Crackle paste through Tim's Flourish Layering Stencil and cut the Flourish  from his Mixed Media #2 die which I adhered with gel medium diagonally from the pasted flourish. I gave it all a coat of gesso at this point and allowed it to fully dry. I painted on Distress Tumbled Glass and spritzed with water to blend. While wet I flicked on rubbing alcohol and dried.  I added more layers following the same technique and added Distress crayon in Peacock Feathers around the edges and smudged. Because it was too bold for my liking, I scraped gesso on with a piece of chipboard and scraped that back when partially dry.  In doing so, I lost all my crackle. I splattered with a watered down guache mixture of blue and turquoise, watered down black guache, and also watered down DecoArt Titanium White. I made  shadows with watered down guache in turquoise.


           






I made some flowers with my new Shabby Posies die by Tammy Tutterow and Tim's Tattered Florals inked with Tumbled Glass. Smaller flowers were made with the Tattered Flower Garland die and colored with Peacock Feathers crayon at edge and Peacock Feathers ink. A single black half pearl with gesso stands in for the center. I cut a few from crinoline and these were painted with titanium white and a hint of Tumbled Glass. The larger posies have centers of beautiful tiny roses gifted to me by  blog buddy Samra of Paper Talk With Samra. She makes the prettiest flowers! These work perfectly with the posies--thank you, Samra! I colored the flowers with Titanium White to unify them, since they were made from different card. I never knew there were so many shades of white! The single Tiny Tattered flower tucked in at the top of the spray is leftover from a previous project.






Gesso was patted on two metal flowers from my stash.  A third metal flower was already painted a deep green. In an attempt to unify it with the others, I covered it with black gesso and patted with silver metallic paste and then patted with white gesso,

Check out those old metal word file tabs! They were the rage at one time. The price tag tells me they were just 49 cents on clearance at Michaels,  and that was years ago! I simply altered them by cutting off the back flap and coloring them with the Distress Crayon--easy peasy!

The resin bicycle was first painted with the Distress crayon just on the frame, followed by a pat down with the Titanium White on a make up sponge. Just a hint of color shows through.


The blue resin flower embellishment that inspired the whole canvas was patted with white gesso to show off the detail.


Here's one more look at my shabby monochromatic summertime canvas. I would like to thank Nikki and the entire panel of Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey for inviting me to be Guest Designer for a day here at one of my favorite challenge blogs! I am truly honored! I hope you will enter your monochromatic project this month at A Vintage Journey--you just may win a generous gift certificate from The Funkie Junkie Boutique!




I'm sharing this canvas with the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge #45 - Anything Goes I used Spellbinders and four different Sizzix dies.
Country View July Challenge-Have Fun With Circles circles on my bike-the wheels! Circle s in splashes and splatters. Circle shaped flowers and at the center of the flowers, Circle shaped formed by the flourishes.
Frilly and Funkie All Lined Up My lines are on the spokes and basket of the bicycle, in the dots on the file tabs, and in a grid pattern on the crinoline. I hope it's OK my lines are going in EVERY direction on the wheels!

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your fabulous comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily



37 comments:

  1. What a totally wonderful shabby canvas Sara Emily! I adore the soft blue colour and the pretty flowers. A wonderful make! Thank you so much for being one of our guests at AVJ!

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  2. First of all, huge congrats on your so-deserved guest design spot my friend!! My gosh, you rocked it!! This is absolutely stunning!! I love the soft blues!! The resin flower piece that inspired the canvas is gorgeous and you've showcased it perfectly!! The flowers are amazing and I just love the bicycle!! What amazing texture, too!! Spectacular, Sara Emily!! I love, love it!! Thanks so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!!

    I hope it cools off for you soon. We had a powerful storm that only lasted a few minutes last night but knocked the power off for over 14 hours. Thankfully, it cooled down a bit to the 70's so it wasn't horribly miserable without the air!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. Awwww, thank you for the shout out my dear! I am so glad that you are able to incorporate the flowers I made for you, into your projects.
    What a gorgeous canvas this is! Congrats on your so well deserved Guest Designer spot. Vintage Journey has quite an honor this time!
    I know I need to catch up on commenting on all of your gorgeous projects, I just seem to be running out of time!
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  4. Congratulations, Sara, on your GDT spot at AVJ and I am so honored to share this post with you, my friend! What an utterly stunning shabby monochromatic project you have created! Only such a super talented artist like you, my dear, can create in any style, from grunge to shabby! You used Samra's amazing flowers perfectly and arranged them fabulously! How sweet of her to send you her handmade unique flowers! Gorgeous textures and I love your soft blue tones! That resin bicycle is simply awesome as well as those metal tabs! Oooooh, I adore this brilliant piece of art to bits! Lots of love to you, my dear! Branka xx

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  5. A fabulous monochromatic design Sara with lots of eye catching details and layers. The resin embellishment is gorgeous, I shall have to look out for them in Michaels when I come to the US in a few weeks time. Before that though could you send us some heat and sun over here please. Thanks for making such a special project for us at AVJ. Huge hugs xxx

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  6. This is such a pretty canvas, Sara!! You create the most beautiful backgrounds. I love the texturing and the soft palette of this one. The fabulous flowers really take it over the top!! Thanks so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge and sharing your lovely work with us!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  7. It is really hard to tell you how much I love this gorgeous canvas Sara! The resin elements are delightful and you have surrounded them with so much beauty, I love the soft blue tones on the wonderful textured background. Samra's flowers look incredible inside your posies and I absolutely adore the bicycle and those word file tags are such a fantastic addition. I just love everything about this gorgeous creation!!! It has been such a pleasure to have you as a Guest at A Vintage Journey and whilst I am here, thank you so much for entering this into our Monochromatic challenge too! Big hugs, Anne xx

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  8. I always love how you take such less than average supplies and turn them into designer pieces!! Gorgeous layout, but have to admit, your united piece with much more color has stolen my heart!!
    and why the comment, "claimed to be coated with 3 coats" were there issues with it, or just your sassy humor?! heehee xoxo

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    1. Just being sassy! I usually gesso everything if I want muted tones. I believe this was coated, but in the end, I don't think it mattered since I layered it so much. :):)

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  9. Hi - WOW! this is so beautiful, I just love the colour palette you have used. So many yummy elements to look at, great flowers.
    Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month. Hope to see you again - good luck!
    Hugs,
    Bev (DT) x

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  10. I love love this canvas, Love the colours, turned out fantastic
    thanks for joining our challenge over at
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au/
    Debbie DT

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  11. What a beautiful canvas Sara, wonderful subtle monochromatic palette and amazing layers! Love the gorgeous flowers surrounding that great bike. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey as our guest Creative Guide! Deb xo

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  12. And back with my DT hat on for Southern Ridge Trading Company to thank you for sharing your gorgeous canvas with us there for our Anything Summer challenge! Deb xo

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  13. Wow , Wow Sara what a stunning piece of art you have created this month... I adore the colour and everything about it... Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...

    Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. A stunning canvas Sara, great to see your different stages and your roses are amazing.
    Have a lovely weekend, Julie x

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  15. Hi Sara, what a gorgeous canvas...such pretty shades of teal. Your flowers are so elegant. Great to see your circles which are perfect for our have fun with circles challenge over at Country View. Thanks for joining in with the fun.
    Jane

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  16. Gosh, Sara, I don't know what to say! You have accomplished the impossible! I'm speechless! LOL

    Thanks for taking me on your incredible art journey! So beautiful in every way. I have retread the details a few times, drooling over the photos, sighing contentedly each time. Your canvas touches my soul. Hugs, de

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  17. How lovely - so light and fresh. The bicycle makes a great focal point, and I love those word file tabs! What a bargain. Great to have you with us on the journey this month.
    Alison x

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  18. Wow Sara Emily, shabby sure looks good on you!! I just love your soft palette, all those luscious blues, so cool and refreshing in this heat wave! Samra makes such lovely flowers and you have really showcased them beautifully here, and your other accent flowers work perfectly with hers. Love all the little tabs and metal trinkets, but my fav is definitely your wonderful bicycle! LOVE IT!! So glad you joined us at Frilly and Funkie too!! sending hugs my friend :)

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    1. Darn-it-all, I forgot to send my congratulations on your guest designer spot. You truly deserve to be in the spotlight!! :)

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  19. Congratulations on your guest design spot and what a wonderful project...this is just gorgeous and I love the soft shabby colour chic palette and the beautiful flowers! Thank you so much for playing along with us and for sharing your project over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

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  20. wow, this is stunning! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    blog-paperie blooms
    ig-2klines

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

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  21. What a winning and gorgeous card and loved all of your information on how you did that stenciling. Wow! Thank your for sharing your beautiful card with us at Scrapy Land and can't wait to see your next beautiful project or card with us soon. Hugs Nancy Hill, Design Team for Scrapy Land

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  22. It is a great little canvas ! Thank you so much for joining us over at Country View Crafts !
    Corrie x

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  23. Thanks so much for being our guest. Love your monochromatic piece. That bicycle is just gorgeous nestled in your layered elements. Lovely texture too. Hugs. Tracy x

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  24. Oh my word, darling! You rocked this!!! I can't believe how easily you go from moody and grungy to shabby perfection! Amazing creativity and congrats on your feature. Hugs, Autumn

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  25. A beautiful canvas in a gorgeous shade, love everything about it.
    Avril x

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  26. Congrats on your guest designer spot! I love the softness of this canvas - it's beautiful! Your flowers are always stunning, Sara Emily! I do love the metal embellishments - they're a striking combination with your colors. I also love your resin pieces - I've never seen them at Hobby Lobby but probably didn't notice...I will now :-)

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  27. Hello, my dear friend! I am attempting another return to crafting and commenting... it seems I only manage one week before pain sets in too deeply. It is frustrating, but I am thankful to be visiting you today. A huge congratulations to you on your Guest Designer spot! You deserve every opportunity that comes your way and they are truly blessed to have you.

    Now for your canvas... it is absolutely stunning, Sara! The background work is beautiful.. I have such a thing for flourishes of any size or design. :o) The floral arrangement is gorgeous, with sweet bits of wisdom nestled in. The resin bicycle is darling and I love how you made bits of color show through. The metal embellishments are such striking accents to your piece. Beautifully designed as always, my friend. Thank you for the inspiration. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  28. Beautiful, Sara Emily! I can see a summer sky filled with puffy white clouds here. I love the way you incorporated lines in this gorgeously textured canvas. It's so fresh and full of the promise of leisurely summer days. Thanks so much for joining the fun at Frilly and Funkie "All Lined Up" Challenge!

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  29. Another beautiful project! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

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  30. Beautiful project Sara Emily! Love all the flowers and texture you've added to your canvas. Thanks for playing along on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog.
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge

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  31. Absolutely gorgeous! Flowers and everything else perfectly arranged. Soft and delicate and lots of pretty detailing.

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  32. A wonderful canvas with so many elements to discover and enjoy! I love the layered effect and the soft muted tones. Gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining in our Monochromatic Challenge at A Vintage Journey. Julia x A perfect Guest Designer Piece!!

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  33. Well I hang my head in absolute shame Sara Emily as I came , I saw , I admired, I swooned at your stunning canvas yet I failed to leave a comment!! An absolutely exquisite piece of Art - classy, elegant and a real beauty . LOVE this so much .
    hugs x

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  34. Beautiful - I love that color.
    sandy xx

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