Mixed media canvas with 3D embellishments (Marjie Kemper)
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We are using canvas for the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie… hope you'll join us! You can use it in small parts or pieces, or as a whole stand-alone piece.  I went with an 8X8 canvas and included a small (3″X3″) one on top of it.  I used so many color agents my work table looks a bit like a bomb went off… paints, distress inks, archival inks, gelatos, and Vintaj paintas.

Simon Says Stamp & Show has a ‘favorite technique' theme going, and for me it's been stencils for a long time now.  I seem to need a stencil somewhere on each piece!  In this case I used four. Also lots of stamps, and a combo of lettering.

Dina Wakley is doing an Art Journaling on Canvas series this month, and I'm sharing this as my second play-along with her. Really looking forward to taking classes with her again next month at The Ink Pad in NYC.

The big “D” stamp is an old favorite by Stampers Anonymous, stamped on Ranger's manila card stock and colored with distress inks.  The metal heart is Vintaj, colored with Verdigris patina plus black paint. I adhered it to the mini canvas with one of Tim's tiny brads, colored the same way. I like how it's hanging off the edge:

The corners are filigree metals from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I colored them with the Verdigris patina and then rubbed in some brown and black distress inks. I am amazed at the finish. This was my first time using the Vintaj products.  I have to say, I really like them. I cut the corrugated cardboard letters from Tim's Sizzix Word Play die and inked them with distress inks and paints. The “&” looked lost on the background so I gave it a little mat. Here's another look:

Those scrabble letters have been in my stash a long time.  I don't know who makes them but I liked their 3D nature for this canvas.

That's it for me, today.  I hope you'll come over to Frilly & Funkie and check out the challenge and the rest of the design team's work.  We have a $25 Funkie Junkie Boutique store credit for a random winner, and a blog badge for the design team favorite.

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  1. Joanna on August 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    This is lovely – great colours and textures, and a perfect quote :)

  2. Julia on August 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I’m behind with my comments – sorry! I look at each email link but it’s tiresome commenting from my phone so I wait until I get back to my laptop.
    Beautiful blue and so many elements which come together beautifully. Love it.

  3. Laura Spano on August 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Beautiful texture and colors. I especially love the corrugated cardboard letters- fun! And that Stampers Anonymous stamp- one of my all time favorites.

  4. Lisa Sackett on August 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Great job, Marjie! I love your stencil work. I find myself collecting quite a lot of those now, as they are SO versatile! Love your canvas.

  5. Lin Brown on August 22, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Love your canvas Marjie, the colours are so vibrant and beautiful. You’ve also used one of my all time favourite stamps by Stampers Anonymous. Am very jealous though that you are going to be taking a class with Dina very soon, she is one uber talented lady, you’re a lucky, lucky girlie.

  6. lacyquilter on August 22, 2012 at 6:06 am

    This is gorgeous. I love the use of corrugated cardboard for the letters. Beautiful blues.

  7. Helen Tilbury on August 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Stunning mix – outstanding blue & adore those filigree corners Marjie!

  8. Sue W. on August 21, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I love this! I’m a “blue” girl anyway and this is just so striking. Beautiful job, Marjie.

  9. Anna-Karin on August 20, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Wonderful canvas Marjie! Love the colours, gorgeous background and the great saying. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  10. Sharon on August 20, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Just gorgeous Marjie! Love the bright blue colour!!

  11. Terry on August 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Hey there sweetie, thank you for sharing your FABULOUS creation with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show, I just love what you did with the blue colors, wowzerss the letters are awesome and your canvas is just STUNNING. Love it. Hugs Terry xxxx

  12. stampersuzz on August 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Marjie the colors are so vibrant and your stenciling is perfect! Lovely canvas! The layers are wonderful! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

  13. gio on August 17, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Gorgeous piece, Marjie, such a beautiful shade you get!

  14. Linda, the funkie junkie on August 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    What a fabulous piece of work, Marjie! The colors are absolutely electric – LOVE them. I would have enjoyed looking over your shoulder to see how you put down all those wonderful layers – you do an amazing job with the stencils. Your patina metal is sensational too. Everything is just a feast for the eyes. Super super job on the canvas challenge!

  15. annie on August 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    This is stunning Marjie. I love the colours and texture you have created. Inspirational as always. x

  16. Sue C on August 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Absolutely beautiful canvas Marjie, love the colours and the stamping. Sue C X

  17. Buttons on August 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    So much fantastic texture and I just love the way you layered up the canvas. Hugs, Buttons x

  18. Ana K. on August 16, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I agree with everybody…fantastic Marjie!!

  19. Vada on August 16, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Wow Marjie!!! Such rich color, great dimension, outstanding!!
    Hugs Vada

  20. Claudine on August 16, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Oh my goodness, so beautiful!! I am loving this canvas. Good luck in the challenges, your esthetic is so wonderful Marjie!!!

  21. Sandra on August 16, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Stunning canvas! I’m so loving the blues! So cool that you’ve put another canvas on top of it! Fabulous! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  22. Anne R on August 16, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Oh Wow Marjie – this is my most favourite of all your pieces to date – the colour is so rich and lush and very dream like. I love the idea of the second canvas on top, it give the whole piece some movement and dimension. I don’t know what else to say other than AmaZing! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  23. michele s on August 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    the richness of color and saturation here is simply wonderful. a fabulous canvas! xo

  24. Terry on August 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    You have done it again! Wow, this canvas is spectacular! Love what it is that you do, GF! What a great class, but then you have such a talent for this! Very cool!

  25. fern cawley edwards on August 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Great “D”etails! Love the sentiment and the scrabble letters too.

  26. Brenda Brown on August 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I love canvas on canvas ant this is a fabulous design with great colours. Amazing piece Marjie.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  27. butterfly on August 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Wow Marjie, you’re really having fun with those intense blues and greens at the moment! Amazing stencilling in your background too, and I love all those chunky letters making their way across the canvas. Fabulous! Would love to join in Frilly and Funkie – but got to source some canvas first!!
    Alison x

  28. Silvia on August 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    A fantastic canvas, the colors are gorgeous.

  29. trisha too on August 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Such gorgeous colors, Marjie! Anita may be right about the blue and you . . .

  30. Marja on August 15, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Marjie really really eyecatching, beautiful combi and vibant color.
    Lovely greet

  31. Shahrul Niza on August 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

    LOVE LOVE the cool colors!. I especially love the hanging heart!. Amazing touch on filigree :).

  32. Valerie-Jael on August 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Beautiful canvas, very interesting details. I have just finished mine for the challenge, too, will blog it tomorrow! Valerie

  33. Lori on August 15, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Wow, way cool colors on this! Really eye catching! I love it!

  34. Anita Houston on August 15, 2012 at 8:06 am

    No one does blue better than you!!!! Love the mini canvas with the D turned that way…really adds great depth! What a fun piece Marjie!

  35. Susan on August 15, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Your second and third photos really help show the depth of your work. The first photo looks totally flat, and I wasn’t understanding your description. But you did a great job taking those other photos at an angle, or from the side, and it really shows how everything stands out.

  36. Alexa Noble on August 15, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Great colours – so vibrant – and really beautiful composition. Hope it looks good on your wall!!

  37. Candy on August 15, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Marjie…your canvas is beautiful! The minute I saw it on the thumbnails at SSSS, I had to click on it. Wow…that color is gorgeous and really draws attention. Love your sentiment and how interpreted it on your canvas. I have always loved those Tim Holtz Alphabet stamps and have never gotten them. Darn it! You’re making me want them again! haha Love your canvas! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  38. Kate on August 15, 2012 at 5:25 am

    So fun! Love the color! Very creative use of the cardboard and scrabble tiles. I love all the different elements.

  39. kathy/NorthCarolina on August 15, 2012 at 4:58 am

    I love the movement in this piece. The first thing I see is that wonderful golden yellow “D”. The little heart at the bottom leads my eye over to read the sentiment, then up into the corner to appreciate the gorgeous filagree corner…then back to the golden yellow D. Perfect circle, and I don’t miss a thing in this fantastic composition.

  40. PetraB on August 15, 2012 at 2:48 am

    This is awesome, the colours so striking.