Friday, June 29, 2012


Last night I got a chance to work on the canvas that I started on a couple of days ago.  If you're a fan on FB then you've already seen a couple of sneak peeks of this piece ;D
Boy, let me tell mojo was in full effect last night and I've very proud of this piece. 
This is a 10x10 Canvas, titled "Hope"

Ready to see this baby come together.....well then, let's get started!!

I started out by speading some gesso on with my palette knife to create some interesting texture.  At this point I had no idea what I wanted to do and it took a couple of days for me to get back to it.

I grabbed my favorite shades of blue soft body acrylics and did a little color blocking.  Then I adheared some vintage sheet music and book text in the white spaces.

The darker blue needed to be toned down a bit so I used my gesso to stencil on some clocks.  The template I used is a 6x6, Crafters Workshop.

I don't like to waste anything since supplies are so expensive so I flipperd my stencil over and used my brayer to stamp with the left over paint.

Next I toned everything down with a wash of burnt sienna fluid acrylic and started playing around with different elements.  I knew I wanted to use this stamp so I stamped her on some kraft paper, cut her out and started layering around her.  I wanted to frame her so I cut some cardboard and ripped the top layer off and gave it a light wash with white fluid acrylic.

I thought the cardboard needed a little something behind it so I found a dryer sheet and adhearded it on. read right, lol A DRYER sheet!!  See, you can use ANYTHING in mixed media!!

I thought these were gonna be copper embossed wings on my lady but my embossing ink was out so it didn't work out.  On to plan B: more layering behind the cardboard.  I inked them up with TH distress ink an then some paint.

Okay....if you've been visiting me for awhile now then you know that there is always a point where I stop taking pictures.  It's always towards the end of my project because  I start to get in the zone and forget to take pics, lol, but here are the finishing touches:

I used a TH stamp for my sentiment "Encourage your HOPES, not your fears" and a BoBunny flourish rubon under the roses.

The gold roses and bling are all Recollections from Michaels. 

I used my Prisma color pencils to color in my stamp a little bit. 

Well, I hope you liked this piece as much as I do!!  Let me know what you think :D

Thank you for stopping by today!!!!


  1. i soooo loved seeing your proecess on this! great work and thanks for sharing it!

  2. good golly, miss molly, where do I even begin? to start, thank you for showing the photos of the process. it makes such a difference to see how you put this together.

    I so love the watches and sheet music. the flowers are amazing, and oh my gosh, love love love the senti! this is so beautiful! :)

    have a great weekend! you have really inspired me!

  3. Oh My!! This is fantastic and thanks for showing how it was all put together. Absolutely amazing. TFS

  4. Wow, your work is amazing Norma. You are so creative...a Dryer! Love all the texture and fun hues of blue peeking through! Awesome rubons and fabulous flowers!
    Gorgeous to the Grandest!
    Jessica S

  5. So pretty!
    I love how you started off with the four blocks and built from there :)

  6. Holy Smoly!!! You are one of the most talented people I've seen. Love how you showed your process! tfs This is so gorgeous! And a dryer sheet? Where in the world do you come up with these ideas? Just amazing!!!!!

  7. This is gorgeous, Norma!! I love all of the elements you used!! The flowers are stunning!! What a beautiful project!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Norma, this is gorgeous! I love the roses and that stamp is beautiful!

  9. Fabulous project!! So many great elements and layers!! TFS your process!


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