Happy Monday Everybody! Time for another SIMON SAYS STAMP AND SHOW CHALLENGE! This time....it's DISTRESSING!!! No...not literally DISTRESSING as in "suffering anguish or agony"~dictionary meaning~. Although sometimes when I'm working on a project, I feel some anguish when the products I'm working with aren't doing what I want them to do!
But, this distressing is the F-U-N kind!
I started out with a 6x12 stretched canvas that I covered in papers from Tim Holtz' Lost and Found Paper Stash. Then I used some thinner dictionary paper and covered the smaller canvases with it. I did Tim's "fossil technique" to create the butterfly image on one of the larger protruding canvases. When the butterfly "fossil" was dry, I lightly went over the it with Vintage Photo to make it pop. Next, I wrapped the outer edge of the 6 x 12 canvas in Journeyman Tissue Tape. After putting all of the smaller canvases in place, I applied various Distress Inks; including Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain to the surface of the canvases and the Tissue Tape. This gave some extra depth and color to my piece.
I antiqued some of the elements I chose to use on my canvas by dabbing them with a Pool Paint Dabber. I then wiped away the excess paint and left a patina looking finish to my Clock Face and the edging I created to use on portions of my smaller canvases. I made the edging with Tim Holtz' Stripes Grungeboard and the On The Edge Ornate Die Cut. I then painted it with Pitch Black and antiqued it with Pool Paint Dabbers. I added Tim Holtz' Measuring Tape along the left side of my canvas. You can see a lot of dark colorizing on the tape. There is also darker colorizing in areas of the canvas where I used a graphite pencil to shade and even scribble in areas for added interest.
Then it was time to encase it all in Natural Beeswax! I have to admit, I have not done a lot with beeswax and I'm a bit intimidated by it. But, I melted it in my extra Project Pan of my Melting Pot and began to brush the hot beeswax all over my canvas. Then I worked and smoothed the beeswax with my heated stylus.
The last step was adding all of my elements to the canvases. I melted Black UTEE and poured it into a molded heart. As soon as it cooled; which doesn't take long, I added some Antique Gold Rub 'N Buff to my heart, added some little wings and glued it in place. Then I added my little porcelain doll head (love those things) and some other Ideaology elements to complete my canvas.
So, now it's time for YOU to get DISTRESSING!!!
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