I'm fairly new to believing I'm an artist. I made a commitment to myself several months ago do something creative everyday. Most of the time I work in my art journal or my altered book. I'm very comfortable doing that. I've worked consistently for several months now and that work is paying off for me.
I've wanted to do a canvas for a while but I'm afraid. I don't know why a canvas is scary. It just a flat surface and I can gesso over it if I really screw it up. Today, I decided I wanted to do something a little larger than a book page. I really wanted to work on canvas but chickened out in the end. This is done in a "book" I recycled from a job years ago. I worked on it "as if" it was a canvas.
I began by painted the page with gesso. Then I used a light purple paint over the gesso leaving some white peaking through. I cut the vase from a page I'd taken out of my altered book. I folded the paper in half so that I could get my vase to be the same on both sides. I lightly painted the vase with a shade darker purple than my background. I gave it a couple coats. Finally I finger painted the stripes with a darker purple.
The flowers are cut from two Sizzix dies using chipboard. I gessoed them and then painted them with craft paints. After they were dry I peeled one of the chip board layers off the back of the flowers so they would not be too bulky in my book. I used a round brush to paint the greenery and stems and then arranged the flowers. Scotch Quick Dry Glue was used to attach the flowers. I used a Hero Arts background stamp for the text background in a purple and then in white. I used a black Stabilo Pencil around one side of the vase for a tiny shadow. The final touch was to outline the flowers with a white water based Sharpie Paint Marker.
I am amazed that I did this piece. I'm so pleased with my progress. I now believe that I can do a canvas. Thanks to all of you who visit my blog and encourage me. I treasure your comments. I appreciate your encouragement so much.
Link : Artist Play Room, A Year in the Life of An Art Journal , Creative Everyday