Friday, 26 August 2016

Color Your World

Dear Friends...
We have an extra special treat for you today - a breathtaking work of art from Athanasia. Your mouths will drop when you see how beautiful it is and how incredibly creative Athanasia is being able to come up with such an out of the box use for resist canvas...
No more talking - read ahead and be amazed! :)

Hello dear friends!
I was keeping for a long time these two amazing resist canvases to make something special.
The time came when I found incidentally on Pinterest some ideas with world map art like wallpapers, digital collages and art pieces. I was very excited so I decided to make my own piece of art in my own way.
The whole project measures 1 meter (5 canvases 20x60cm. each), it took me many many days to finish it and now I'm very proud it's hanging on my wall :)


Here is how I started:

1. First I secured the 5 canvases together with masking tape. This made my work much easier in the next steps.


2. Then I cut out very carefully with scissors the land pieces of a map that was the same size as my canvases and this way I created a large stencil. I didn't throw away the cut out pieces...


3. I used them as masks to create the land for my project. I placed all the pieces one by one on the resist canvases and I drew the outline with a pencil. Then I cut them with scissors and put them aside.


4. When I was done with cutting the land, I placed my handmade stencil on the canvases and put each one of the cut resist canvas pieces in the right place. This was a little tricky as there were too many small pieces especially for the islands, but it helped me to learn some geography lol ! :)


5. Before I glued down the lands,  I used the Silicone Brush to give the whole surface a thick layer of Heavy White Gesso and let it dry.
To glue the resist canvas pieces I used the Clear Sculpture Medium - it was really the perfect glue for this work! I let it dry outside for a couple of hours.


6. After it was dry, I started working with the sea sections. I used the Clear Sculpture Medium again with napkins. I glued them randomly and wrinkled to create texture. This also gave depth and interest to the finished project. I left it overnight to dry.
(Unfortunately, from this point onward I haven't any more photos of the process to share as I was so captivated with the painting part that I didn't think to take some)
 

7. The painting part was so much fun, it was really worth waiting for...
I made custom paints with the Soft Matte Gel and Mica Powders and started painting all over the canvases, here and there, without much thinking. I mostly used Rust Mica Powder (I love this color), as well as Gold and blue shades of Frozen Lake and Deep Water. I also used some similar shades of Primary Elements.


When the first layer of paints was dry, I used a couple of warm colors of Art Alchemy acrylic paints - Pure Sunshine and Fresh Orange, as well some white acrylic paint to lighten the project.


I love how all these colors blend together, highlight the texture of paper napkins and contrast the beautiful lands of the resist canvas pieces!


I hope you got inspired with my project.
Thank you for visiting,
have a lovely crafty day!
xxx
Athanasia

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11 comments:

Tracy O'Neill said...

This is an amazing work of art. Such a talented lady.x

jozazoo said...

OMG! What a beautiful piece! ­čśŐ
Love the theme, love the colors, love everything!

Olga Kolov said...

OMG!!! WOW!! It's wonderful!!!

Scrapthat said...

SO cool! this is just such a unique one of a kind work of Art you have created! TFS

corinne de france MARCH said...

quel travail ! spectaculaire , love it
corinne

Candice Schwark said...

Inspired and very impressed!! Your patience in the details is apparent! Thank you for sharing!

Sanderijn de Bruin said...

What an amazing project! Such a briljant idea!!

Lys Scrap said...

It's just... Breathtaking! Fantastic!

Brigitte said...

Absolutely amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it. Thank you for the tuto

Athanasia said...

Thank you ladies! <3

Sue Lelli said...

WOW! Simply AMAZING! LOVED seeing your creative process!