Monday, August 31, 2015

Meadow Silhouette Wall Hanging

Today Karen is sharing her mini wall hanging using a Linnie Blooms long blank canvas (5"x11") She created a meadow silhouette in a rainbow of bright and cheery colors perfect for summer home decor. Here's how she did it...

Prepare the canvas by securing it to the cutting matte or work surface using masking tape. I wanted to protect the very edge so that it served as a frame and remained plain un-inked canvas. To create the meadow silhouette, select stamps of flowers & leaves that have a solid image rather than ones that have a line image outline.  To prevent disappointment, you may want to practice stamping the meadow silhouette design on paper first in order to work out the placement of your stamps. Prior planning prevents poor performance!

(TIP: If you only have detailed flower stamps, it is still possible to use them. Stamp the image and then fill in the outline by painting it solid black. This is more time consuming but you can achieve the look of a silhouette.)

A Closer Look:
1. Mist the canvas with water before you begin. Use a sponge applicator to blend distress inks or mists on the canvas. I chose to keep green at the bottom edge and blue at the top in order to emphasize the grass and sky. Allow the canvas background to dry thoroughly before stamping on it or dry it with a heat gun.

2. Next, apply an even coat of black acrylic paint to the stamp surface and begin to build the scene from the bottom up. If you find that the image has not stamped completely solid black, go back with a small detailing paint brush to fill in any whitish areas. I found that varying the intensity of the black silhouettes gave more dimension to the finished piece.

3. Finally, carefully remove the masking tape (the paint may not have dried on the tape surface) Embellish the wall hanging with butterflies and attach an inspirational word to the lower portion. Lastly, attach ribbon loops 2cm from the corner of the canvas. Insert a stick or dowel through the loops and tie on a cord for hanging.
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Supplies: 5"x11' long blank canvas (Linnie Blooms), Distress Inks (Ranger: Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade), spray mists (Starburst Stains: Belles of Ireland Green, Peony Scarlet Red, Bachelor Button Blue, Yellow Rose of Texas) sponge applicator, Time Holtz Nature's Elements clear stamp set CSS27836 (Stampers Anonymous), Meadow clear stamp set (Inkadinkado,) Tall Grasses rubber stamp set (Stampin' Up), daisy silhouette rubber stamp (Stampin' Up), black acrylic paint (Ceramcoat), paint brush,  word embellishment (Making Memories), Butterfly Mistables (Studio Calico), wooden butterfly, liquid adhesive (Aleene's Tacky Glue), gems, ribbon, dowel, cord
                   Stop by Karen's Blog, Art & Soul to see more of her projects.