This all started out with an idea I got from a crafting group on Facebook recently. They were making little fairies and using flat paper flowers for their skirts. I loved the thought and had the perfect piece of chipboard to work with. I began by sketching a bit of a bodice on the chipboard. The bodice was painted with pink acrylic paint and the remainder with black acrylic paint. I cut some large paper flowers in half and then took an extra one or two petals off the edges. These were layered over the stand to create the skirt. As I got to the top of the skirt I changed from large flowers to medium sized ones, that had been prepared in the same manner. The final 2 or 3 layers were made up of single petals cut from the medium flowers. The petals that were cut from the flowers used, were then slotted in among the skirt to create a little more fullness. The bodice was created by covering the pink paint with white craft glue. Some pink rhinestone flowers were put in place and some small white seed beads sprinkled over the remainder of the glue.
The plaque was die cut from a sheet of chipboard. I've added some liquid pearls to the outside flourishes to add some more dimension. Once this had dried it was covered in 2 coats of gesso followed by some metallic silver acrylic paint. While this was drying I printed out the sentiment on some scrap cardstock. This was cut out and stuck to the plaque. The plaque piece was covered in Emboss-it glue (except where the sentiment is), and this was covered in metallic silver embossing powder. I then covered the sentiment section in a coat of glossy accents.
With the chipboard components for my canvas done, I was able to turn my attention to the canvas itself.
I started with a 20cm * 25cm blank canvas. This was painted with some pink acrylic paint. I used gel medium to stick some paper accents onto the canvas to supply some more texture (this included 2 border die cuts, 2 love sentiment die cuts and some small ripped pieces of scrap cardstock). I then added some modelling paste through two different stencils to sections of the canvas, and dried it with my heat gun. A pink gesso wash was applied over the top of everything (to do this I just used the brush that I used to apply the pink acrylic paint earlier, and added some water to the gesso). Next was the messy (but oh so much fun) part. I sprayed the canvas with some Perfect Pearls Mists in pink gumball and then applied a few drops of Adirondack Alcohol Ink in cranberry. Some more Perfect Pearls Mists (in grape fizz this time) was sprayed and then some Pearl Ex powder (in true blue) was sprinkled over the top and another few spritz' of pink gumball. Then it was time to let it dry (or speed this up with a heat gun). Once it was dry more of the same sprays were added with the addition of some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in riptide to add a little more contrast to the dress colour. Once again this was dried.
Some white craft glue was used to stick the additional die cuts down (being the white lace, dress and love sentiment). Some white/ivory flowers from my stash were sprayed with the same mists and then dried. The mannequin was attached to the canvas using 3D foam squares, and the chipboard plaque and flowers were also stuck down with craft glue.
And here it is completed.
So what do you think? Maybe you too could give this a try.
Until next time,