First, I found a wonderful quote I liked from my Crafty Secrets "Words From The Heart" Book and I tore around the edges of it. Tearing helps to create a more unified and seamless look once it's adhered to the canvas. I used Gel Medium. (sorry for the blurriness)
Next, I painted a layer of Gesso over the entire canvas, except the quote. Now, my canvas is prepped for watercoloring with Design Memory Craft Gelatos®
After coloring along the top with white, silver and different blues and purples, I spritzed the colors with water and blended with my fingers, letting the color drip down. This made quite a mess and was so much fun!! I quickened the drying process between each step with my heat gun.
Now I mixed together a scoop each of Whipped Spackle and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. If you visit often, you may have noticed that I love to mix these two textural elements together to create the most yummy and sparkly embossing paste! Then I spread it over this really cool circle stencil from TCW and added some stamping in black and white inks, Prima flowers, hemp twine and a few sequins. Finally, I colored with Black Licorice Gelatos around the entire canvas and blended with water and my finger. I've noticed myself doing this a lot on my mixed media canvases...it seems to create a sort of a natural frame and I like it. I also dabbed a bit of Gesso over the flowers and edges to create a more vintage-distressed feel. Here are a couple more close-up shots....and I'm joining in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge #165-Anything Goes as always, and faith based or inspirational art.
I hope you enjoyed it and thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a creative and very blessed day!!