Friday, 24 July 2015

Art - Inch By Inch

Hello Friends!
I've always admired people who are able to create some amazing art on really small surfaces... ;)
Today we have Rebecca with her new super creative project. It's a true feast and I'm more than certain you'll feel inspired!

Hi Everyone,
Rebecca here with you today to share a special canvas project.
I call this one 'special' as it contains 12 mini 1" square works of art within the canvas.
When I began this project I initially thought 12 x 1" squares would be a good challenge for myself and hoped in my head that I would be able to think of enough mini arts to fill all the squares.

Well, let me tell you once I began, the ideas kept flowing and I think I could have filled an extra 12 squares. I truly loved making this project and am very happy with how it has turned out. Plans are being formulated as I type to make a new creation with squares very very soon. If you have never tried something like this before I can certainly recommend giving it a go. 

To begin my project I painted a 8" x 10" white canvas with Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso and allowed this to dry.

Step 2 for my background was to apply Art Extravagance Graphite Texture Paste to the face and sides of the canvas through the Grungy Grid Stencil. Once the texture paste had completely dried I spritzed my canvas with a mist created with water and Gold Mica Powder, allowing to dry slightly and dabbing off with a baby wipe.

At this stage I thought the background just needed a little something else so I grabbed some blue metallic thread and wrapped it around and around the canvas. It ended up creating exactly the look I was hoping to achieve. 

I took some heavyweight cardstock and cut 12 x 1" squares. With a palette knife I gently applied a thickish layer of Art Basics Modeling Paste. As I did not want a smooth finish with the back of the palette knife I gentle dabbed over the entire surface of the square to create some peaks.

To complete I sprinkled on some Copper Micro Beads and then allowed my squares to completely dry (overnight, do NOT use a heat gun, I did try the heat gun approach, patience is the answer). 

After patiently waiting for my squares to dry overnight it was time to paint them. To paint them I made two mixes of colour, combining Art Basics Soft Gloss Gel with Art Ingredients Rust Mica Powder and also separately Blue Mica Powder. My first coat was with the rust followed by light dabs of the blue just for a little contrast. 

I created 8 squares using modelling paste and you will note there are 4 squares with stamped embossed mica images. This coming Monday the 27th July there will be an additional tutorial by me within the Spreads Your Wings Academy Volume 3 to fully explain how the stamped embossing technique is carried out. 

Please let me explain each squares contents in a little more detail for you. 

1) Prima Mechanicals Leaves 2 , bronze cogs (stash), Prima Mechanicals Typewriter Numbers, rosette ribbon. 
2) Gold metallic thread, watch parts (stash), Art Ingredients Bronze Micro Beads, Prima Collect Moments Stamp. 
3) Bronze key, Prima Resist Canvas - Music, Art Ingredients Bronze Micro Beads, Prima Mechanicals Bottle Caps. 

5) Prima Resin Bird, rusty nail, Prima Mechanicals Leaves 1.
6) Bronze cog (stash), watch parts (stash), Prima Mechanicals Gears. 
7) Gold metallic thread, Prima Butterfly 3 Stamp, Prima Junkyard Findings Screw. 
8) Bronze cogs (stash), Prima Mechanicals Plated Labels, Prima Mechanicals Tassels. 

10) Gold metallic thread, Prima Canvas Resist Newspaper, Prima Mechanicals Leaves 2, watch parts (stash).
11) Rosette ribbon (stash), bronze cog (stash) watch parts (stash), Prima Mechanicals Leaves 2. 
12) Prima Canvas Resist Newspaper , Chinese coin (stash), Plastic egg (stash), Art Ingredients Glass Beads Zinc. 

Thank you for your time today my creative friends, please if you have any questions at all do not be afraid to ask.

I wish you all a very happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~

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Purvi Gadewar said...

Stunning! What an awesome all the art squares!!!

Buttons said...

LOVE it!!! Rebecca, if this is what constitutes 'feral' (see FB for deets people) then stay that way - please!!! I love the imaginative way you've used the metallic thread and each of these miniature works of art. Pinned! Jenny x

Sanderijn de Bruin said...

Wow Rebecca, what a great, great project! Such clever ideas with the squares! I love it, I love your creations so much, totally different from mine, but I can look at them for hours!

Shannon Miller said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Great project Rebecca :)

doris said...

Wunderschön ...!! I love it!!

xoxo doris

cheryl Tice said...

a great project...something so out of the box for me! I must try this! Thank you for sharing!

Kathy Bradley said...

I love this project - it turned out so very beautiful! I love the small tiles and all the embellies you used - wonderful. Can't wait for your next tutorial.

Asas à imaginação said...

Fantástico seu trabalho, Rebecca! Cada quadrinho é uma obra incrível!
Abraço de Marlei do Brasil.

Joi at RR said...

Literally shaking my head in sheer amazement Rebecca. Wow. Seriously INCREDIBLE project. Every single one of these is STUNNINGLY BRILLIANT... just FABULOUS... all so different but yet so PERFECTLY COMPLIMENTARY. What a completely WONDERFUL work of ART. Wow. j.

Lisa S. said...

Love all of the wonderful texture on this! The micro beads add a nice touch.

Michele said...

incredible and inspiring. xo

Jo Murray said...

Superb piece! Thanks for the step-by-step.

Sarah Lynch said...

Love it, love it, love it!

Rachael Pancoast said...

I know this is off the topic here, but when will Prima be shipping your New mica powders?! I'm just so excited (and very impatient) to have those on my table , I'm sure everyone can agree with me! Any insight to shipping dates may soothe my tortured artsy soul :)
Thank you Anna!

zandra said...

Turned out fabulous! Love those micro beads.
Thanks for sharing a close up of each square.
Hugz, Z

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