Friday, 6 October 2017

"Artist" Canvas

Hi Everyone,

It's my turn to share on the blog today, so I decided to share a canvas I recently created.
I was still feeling inspired by the fabulous September Moodboard challenge, which, if you haven't seen yet, can be found here.

I really really love Dylusions Paints.  I adore the vibrancy of the colours in this range, and chose to work with London Blue, Squeezed Orange, Bubblegum, Black Marble and Fresh Lime.
You can find these delicious paints in the ScrapMatrix Store here.

First of all, I prepped the background with Gesso.  I like prepping my canvases and my background papers - it just makes it easier to work with mixed media and stops a lot of "mud making" and the buckling and bowing of papers.

Then, I created some texture on my background with a stencil and some texture paste.  Next I applied my paint to my background randomly with a sponge - drying off between each colour application, again to avoid making "mud."

To add my titles I used this funky Donna Downey stencil to stencil the words "Artist" and "I Live Inspired" onto the layout using black archival ink.  To  add more layers to my background I used some stamping - adding a variety of stamps from the 7 Dots Studio "Homegrown" Clear Stamp Set onto the paint.  I also added some stencilling from the 13 Arts "Face" stencil and the Dreamcatcher sticker from the 13 Arts "Strength in Numbers" Elements Stickers.   I wasn't happy with the intensity of my stencilled words, so I used the "Artist" stencil again and this time used a black pen to lay down more ink.  I also drew around some of the texture paste shapes to add some highlights.

It was then time to add some embellishments.  I painted a chipboard circle in London Blue, and some chipboard butterflies in Bubblegum.  I also found some of these and these gorgeous metals from Scrap Matrix and decided to add them in.  First, I painted the metal flowers with Gesso to give my top coat something to grip on to.  

Then I painted them in Black Soot.  I loved how they turned out!  Painting them just makes them look so different - and versatile.

Finally I put everything together along with some flowers from my stash.  I also added a bit more paint to balance the colours out, and then highlighted some areas in white and voila!  I was finished!

Thank you so much for popping by the Scrap Matrix Blog, you can find links to all the products I used from the Scrap Matrix Shop listed below.

You can find more information on my blog here.


  1. Such a cool colourful canvas, right up my alley! Thanks for such awesome inspiration Monique xx

  2. Tammy and I must live in the same alley! This is gorgeous! xxx (and, I agree, the colours and vibrancy of the Dylusions paints... sigh, just beautiful!)