A couple weeks ago this trio was featured on the Paper Crafter's Library. I wanted to take a second look at this trio and give you some insider tips & tricks. A lot of these techniques can be found in my book, Art of Layers.
I started these 3" canvases with some gesso and old text. I used my 6×6 kaleidoscope stencil and heavy gesso to create texture on the background on one of the canvases. I then worked on each canvas individually.
One this Pink Bloom canvas, I added layers of acrylic paint to create a warm background of pinks & oranges with touches of yellow. I love the way my 6x6 quatrefoil stencil looks on the background. I made the flower by stacking three layers of fabric circles and stitching through the layers with black thread. There are a couple more flower techniques in my book both using paper and fabric.
The Yellow Quote Canvas is the one that started with heavy gesso & stencil as a textured background. I used acrylic paints to color the background and then stamped images in black around the background. I also doodle some images around the edges. Once these layers dried, I used my splattered paint techniques found in my book. I added the strips of the quote to the center of the canvas.
On the Blue Butterfly canvas, I painted the background with acrylic paints in aqua, white, and grey colors. I then sprayed turquoise mist through my honeycomb stencil to add another layer of color. I added the leaf stamped images and splatters of paint to the background along with drips of spray ink. I also added splats & the heart on the background using my 6×6 confetti stencil. The stamped butterflies are another technique found in my book. They added the finishing touches to this canvas.
I like the sides of my canvases to look as good as the tops so I added stamped images along with hand written words. It’s a nice finishing touch. Lastly I attached all the canvases together using Tim Holtz's tiny screw eyes to create this adorable trio. It's best if the eye screws are perpendicular to each other when screwed into the bottoms & tops of the canvases. Using needle nose pliers open one set of the screw eyes and then close them down once the other set is attached.