17 January 2016

A Quartet of Bright Canvases



Hi peeps, Shirley here!  I thought I'd banish the winter blues today with some vibrant colours.  I had some mini canvases in my stash, so I set to work, covering them with Dylusions Ink Sprays in Calypso Teal and Funky Fuchsia.  Once they'd dried, I covered them liberally with Finnabair Art Basics Clear Gesso to seal the ink - it doesn't seal completely, but does keep leakage to a minimum.
Sunglasses time: out came the lime green Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic and some stencils by Tim Holtz and Rhonda Palazzari.
A bit of highlighting with a Sakura Gelli Roll white pen and a black pen to add depth.  It's only subtle but it does make a difference.
At this point, song titles sprang to mind for each mini canvas.  I wrote out the title words on black card, then wrote some of the lyrics around the edge of each canvas, photographed everything ready for my post, and decided I could be in breach of copyright, so I painted over the edges in lime and used the tiny stamps from the Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Cut around the edges.  Then I added encouragement phrases to each canvas instead.



In case you're wondering: Listen To The Music, Kissed By A Rose, The Times They Are A'Changin, Space Odyssey.

I hope they've brightened your day!

10 comments:

Helen said...

Beautiful, and a great idea to use the clear gesso over the sprays!

CrackedcupAnnie said...

I just love these small canvas's...such versatility.....inspirational Shirley-bee......

Vicki Dutcher said...

What ADORABLE mini canvases! Love, love, love the BRIGHT in-your-face colors! :)

Suchi said...

STUNNING!!!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous canvases, thanks for the tip about sealing the sprays, Cathy x

Windkissed said...

What I love about those small canvases is that its not a huge project! As quick and ad simple (or not) as you want to make them. Great colors and stencils. Inspiring! Thanks for sharing.
Lauri

maria f. said...

Can never go wrong with Dylusions - love the circles and roses.

nancy littrell said...

Wow!!! Stunning colors and mixed media designs on your beautiful canvases Shirley. So much Inspiration my friend. Hugs, Nancy

Michelle said...

Beautiful colors! So inspiring for the these cold, bleak days. Lovely!

cm said...

Small canvases; maximum impact! Stunning and innovative!
~carol