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Friday, 8 March 2013

PaperGirls



Hello everyone.  Thanks so much for stopping by here at Words and Pictures today.

I've got another piece to share with you using the wonderful new Artistic Outpost release, Paperboy... but this one focuses on the girls.

You saw them in the background (well, strictly it was the middle-ground) in the diorama, but now they get to take centre stage.

I got the tiny canvas and easel at The Works, where they'd temporarily been knocked down to 49p for a set.  Really wish I'd bought more than 2 of them at the time.  They're at the shocking price of 99p again at the moment, but keep your eyes peeled!

The canvas is ATC sized - 3.5 x 2.5 inches.




I used the lovely collaged words stamp to create some background texture, stamping directly onto the canvas - edges too - and then used Distress Inks to add some colour - Broken China, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs mainly, I think.











Around the edges of the canvas, I used Rock Candy crackle paint to create an antique-y textured look.











Once it was dry I went over it with some extra Gathered Twigs to work darker colour down into the cracks before wiping the surface with a baby wipe.

I kept the central area of the canvas relatively clear of colour and texture to leave space for my focal image.







The girls themselves, I stamped onto tissue paper in a mixture of Black and Coffee Archival inks, blended onto the stamp.


Better than risking not getting a full image on the canvas itself (fine if you want the canvas texture within your image, which I didn't really on this occasion; and also the canvas is obviously soft in the centre, so you have to work to get the full image evenly stamped).




I stamped the little sentiment on a separate bit of card, inked to tone in with the canvas, and mounted it on padded tape for some extra dimension.










The easel itself, just in plain wood when you buy it, also got a bit of shabbying up (down?) treatment with some white paint, and then some inking with the same DIs.











A couple of metallic embellishments, doctored with some alcohol inks, and we're done!

This one works in threes: three girls, three metal pieces, three words (just!) in the sentiment, and an easel standing on three legs, so I'd like to enter it in the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge this week, By The Numbers.

There are three kinds of people: those who can count, and those who can't.
Anonymous


43 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

The crackle paint has given this a fabulous shabby vintage edge. Love the colours and how you blended them to leave a light centre for your main image.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Keren Tamir said...

Love the vintage feel of this project Alison! It's amazing

Kate said...

I so love your canvas! Gorgeous color combo! The gears are a great touch. Love it, Alison!!

Bonnie Irvine said...

Yahoo! let's hear it for the girls. They look fabulous on this little canvas. Love the mix of two colours of ink for the stamping. The background is so interesting with the gorgeous colours and crackled bits. I really like the addition of the gears and clock. Lovely...and the easel supports it literally and figuratively :)

Sarah said...

I love this mini masterpiece, especially that crackled border.

Anita Houston said...

Your canvas in threes is gorgeous to the max! Love the girls, the crackle, the color, the clock, the size, all wonderful! We've got your number this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show! Thanks for playing along!

Rein said...

stunning canvas, i love the vintage look and the colours.

inkypinkycraft said...

Another gorgeous piece, I love these mini canvas ,they are fun aren't that and this one looks fab..and allin my fab colors.. Inhave these stamps on the way ! Trace x

Helen said...

This is beautiful, Alison, I love the girls. Those easels are fab - I really should get some too - next time they're reduced, I mean 99p terrible, lol! Love all the texture and layers you've got on the canvas.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous canvas Alison, love the girls showcased on this mini canvas, love the touches of crackle and the subtle muted colours. The added cogs are fabulous and I love that you stamped around the edges too. 49p wow what a bargan, small on price but big on impact. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fabulous male themed canvas. Love the use of the pocket watch and gears.

Buttons said...

Great work as ever Alison. Love your use of crackle on this. Hugs, Jenny x

chrissies said...

This is fantastic--never thought to paint the easels I keep buying--will do now though thanks to your inspiration.

I'll be laughing all day after reading the quote.

Love Chrissie xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Great little canvas, specially love he crackle effect in the corners. Like the idea of giving the easel a bit of a treatment too.

Redanne said...

Hi Alison, you did make me smile about the 49p vs the 99p, I would be just the same! Your canvas is a real beauty, love the crackling, the wonderful colours and the beautiful image. The quote gave me a good laugh too. Hugs, Anne x

May said...

WOW! Your canvas is Beautiful.. Full of wonderful texture!! Love the crackle effect..the colours are perfect, Love the image... Hugs May x x x

House of Bears said...

I'm sure we have one of these cavases somewhere, we definitely bought one, it's whether we can now find it as after seeing this stunning piece we eeally want to have a go. Thanks for the reminder about using tissue paper stamping, otherwise we'd have forgotten and got half a stamped image on the cavas!

craftytrog said...

Gorgeous canvas Alison, I love the crackle texture on the edges!
I should get these stamps, seeing as I'm a real, live papergirl! Best job in the world!
Have a fab weekend,
Alison xx

Nan G said...

Absolutely lovely! Fab idea to use rock candy for the texture.

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Fab, fab, fab Alison...love this canvas, every detail!
You're so talenteddddddddd.......

Kind regards, Alie :-)

Maelchen said...

Hi Alison, I must join my predecessors: Your work ist just stunning! The crackle paint gives it so much structure and detail! I love the mixture between pale colours and the strong accents of the crackle!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Greets, Manu

Lisa M said...

I love miniature easel works and this is WONDERFUL!!!

Candy C said...

Alison...this little canvas on the tripod is so adorable! I love that Artistic Outpost stamp set. Your girls are so precious. Love the blended colors around them. I have always loved blues and browns together. Love the cogs and little pocket watch up in the opposite corner. This is such a pretty piece! Love it! Thanks for sharing your always lovely art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Anna-Karin said...

Beautiful little canvas Alison. The colours are so pretty and the crackle paint around the edges added a really nice touch. Love the focal stamp (that set should be on its way to me any moment now). Thank you for sharing another project with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Ria Gall said...

what a stunning canvas it is so vintage and really beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing the inspiration with us.
FANTASTIC

Ria

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

We shop in the same place as I managed to pick up a bargain and have been using those little canvases myself - did you manage to get the next size up which was reduced to 99p?
Anyway, enough shop talk .... I always love this colour palette and it is so perfect with this image. What a wonderful stamp set this is and I cannot wait to see what else you create with it.
Wishes
Lynne

Paper Profusion said...

Only proper order to place those girls to the fore Alison! This is wonderful - made all the better by it's small dimensions - bet it looks brilliant 'in real life'. I love the way you have done the edges. This is a stunning little piece. Nicola x

Dorthe said...

Dear Alison, it is a wonderful canvas, that stamp is fantastic, and with your gorgeous background they stand so beautifully in front !
The crackle is amazing with the ink worked into the cracks.
Hugs,Dorthe

Sophie said...

Wow! Alison, das ist so fantastisch.
Es gibt so viele Details, so liebevoll eingesetzt.
Unglaublich schön gearbeitet.
Einfach großartig!

Liebe Grüße von Sophie xx

Danke für deine lieben Kommentare und Besuche auf meinem Blog.

Lucy Edmondson said...

Well, us girls have always have plenty of news! This is great, and I love the way you have mixed the coffee with the black for your stamping; must try that,

Lucy x

Rita said...

Oh my goodness Alison, this is fantastic. I too am going to give this a try. Hugs Rita xx

Kim Dellow said...

Yum! That is just gorgeous! Kim

Samantha Elliott said...

Wonderful canvas Alison. I too have bought these easels but not at the great price you did!
Love all the layers.
Have a great weekend.
xx

Shelby said...

Beautiful canvas. Love the layering of the elements as well as the colors.

Shelby

Annie said...

Stunning Alison, love the texture you have created and great image.

Hugs

Annie x

Sandra said...

what a pretty little canvas! Love that all is in three! Great stamps! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

Neet said...

An absolutely delightful canvas Alison. Love the way you have layered the tissue and the addition of the clock and cogs (or are they wheels? I never know which is which.)

Thanks for sharing another of your wonderful works.

Hugs, Neet xx

catherine said...

This looks so brilliant Alison and love the image and the gears with it
x catherine

Gillian .... said...

Fantastic canvas Alison, love the crackle, love the girl trio, just fab! x

Ozawa said...

Wow! Super schön! Harmonische Zusammenstellung!

2amscrapper said...

wonderful!

Sandy said...

I love these little easels. You have really got my head spinning round and round. Where do you learn how to do all this Alison - I want to go to that school! Delightful! Are you familiar with the music from Jesus Christ Superstar? The minute I saw your sentiment I started singing a song from that musical. I will goof it up for sure but it goes something like - what's the buzz - tell me what's happening - what's the buzz -- and then the music just goes on and on in my head.
Sandy

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous project - Love the images.
Avril xx