I’ve wanted to make a canvas like this one for a long while now, following the style of Anna Dabrowska, AKA Finnabair. I am always inspired by Anna. She teaches all over the world and I sure hope someday she makes it to New York. I get lost admiring her designs… the details are just incredible. I used a 9X12 canvas as my base and pulled out tons of Maya Road goodies from my stash, along with Dylusions Ink Sprays, Ranger Color Wash, Studio 490 Art Parts, Texture Fades, Idea-ology, Stencils, Paints, Prima Flowers, Fibers, Ribbons, Papers, Gesso, Matte Medium, and loads of embellishments. Whew!
Click on any picture to enlarge. I used an old canvas that never developed into anything I liked. It didn’t matter what was on it because it would all be covered up with gesso. I started by adhering ribbons, fibers, corrugated cardboard and paper scraps, along with a sturdy Art Parts branch:
Already with a light coat of gesso it’s starting to look like it will end up okay:
More gesso, chipboard and wood hearts and strings, and the start of my heavily embellished lower left corner:
The first look after Color Wash and Ink Sprays were added:
After adding a few more flowers and wood embellishments, I used the water brush to color with Dylusions Ink Sprays under some exposed areas:
This is my favorite section. A Maya Road window over lace and topped with Idea-ology and flowers.
I embossed Maya Road chipboard letters with Tim Holtz’s new Ruler Texture Fades:
Then I painted them blue, inked the edges and coated them all with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.
Next I coated my Art Parts bird with book paper and inked it up with three of my favorite blue Distress Inks, then edged it with Black Soot and added an eye with Ranger Enamel Accents.
I used several stencils with different mediums, from ink to gesso to matte medium. I sprayed the Kraft journaling card with Color Wash and stenciled with ink on it.