Friday, July 12, 2013

Free Spirit

Happy Friday Everyone!!  Today I have a really fun mixed media canvas to share with you.  If you follow on Facebook, then you've seen me working on this one during the week.  I finished up and I'm ready to share my "Free Spirit".

This is a 11x14 canvas and I just let loose with color.  This week was the first time that I was able to get back into the studio and just play in a very long time.  

So when I sat down, I pulled out my bin of scraps and just started gluing them on.  Then I slapped on a layer of gesso over the whole thing.

With the gesso dry, it was time to add COLOR!!  I used various shades of magenta and orange Golden Fluid Acrylics.

After that, the FUN really started!!  I did some stencil work with Dylusions ink and a Heidi Swapp stencil.  Then I used a DecoArt 3-D writer to doodle all the circles and India ink for the black flourishes.  

I continued to add color and some doodle work. 

I used a Stampers Anonymous stamp for the face.  Since the stamp is squared off on the top and the right side, I drew in the rest to give me a complete head.

I topped her off with a nice bright scarf  made with scraps of a tag that I made using  a Paper Wings Productions stamp.

I used a jumbo Stampedous Rose stamp for her hair colored with Prismacolor pencils and Dylusions inks.

Then I added some beads to finish off her boho look.  I also stamped a sentiment here and there that's meant to be part of the background.

I love the mixture of bold bright colors and patterns on this canvas.  I debated muting them a bit to help establish the focal image but then decided to leave it as is so.  I think she blends perfectly with the background to tell a complete story.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a BEAUTIFUL weekend!!!

I entered this project in An Inky Situations: Linky Party 1 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show A Little Stamping Challenge


  1. Absolutely gorgeous, Norma!! The colors are fabulous and as always, the texture and design are amazing!! Love it!! Happy Friday :)

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous is right! LOVE this!

  3. This is pretty, love the colors :)

  4. I love the vibrant colors...

  5. OMG Norma!! This is incredible!! You are an amazing artist!!!

  6. Ok, OK, OK, OK - you are so talented lady!! Love love this canvas - fabulous colours and how you adapted the face! WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. this is gorgeous! I love seeing bits of the process too :)

  8. This is amazing! I love the bold colors and the way it all works together. I am just starting to dabble with art journaling and this is so inspirational!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for the nice comment!! :)

  9. Love this Norma and Thanks for letting me know about the challenge!

  10. You amaze me every time Norma with your talent! Brillant colors and love that girl. I can't even imagine how you come up with all this amazing looks for your canvas work. I'm drooling!!
    Paula Driver
    Scrap Your World

  11. A true piece of art...what else can I say...I am amazed!

  12. Thank you for Linking Up at An Inky Situation. Your project is featured on our Facebook Page today and linked to your blog!
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  14. Norma...your canvas is amazing! The step by step photos are awesome. It was so fun to watch this lovely canvas take shape! Love how you've used Tim Holtz' Classics #5 lady in such a unique way! The scrap to cover the top of that squared off face is awesome! I also love all of the flowers you've added around her face.....really colorful and such a great compliment to her face. Your background colors, stencils and patterns are also way fun! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  15. Beautiful, as always Norma! I love the vibrant colouring and love that stamp! Your details are so super! ;-)

  16. Awesome Norma!!! love al the textures and the bright colors. Love your step by step. xo

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  18. This is beautiful! I can't really add any more compliments but I wanted you to know that I love this canvas :)

  19. This is gorgeous!! Love the texture and your colors are amazing. Congrats on the spotlight at SSS&S.

  20. Simply gorgeous, Norma! I love that you let loose on the color!


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