Sunday, February 10, 2013


It's Monday and time for a new Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge.   
This week the theme is"Let's get messy"!

As I've shared with you before, this is so far out of my realm of a comfort zone, it's not even funny.  I don't know what it is; perhaps the fear of the unknown or the fear of feeling stupid when an art piece isn't working out like I want it to.  Do you experience that?  Doesn't that sometimes frustrate you?  I mean, you see other people making beautiful art that you really want to try but SOMETHING is holding you back.

Well, this year, I've vowed to face that fear head on.  What's the worst thing that can happen?  You absolutely hate it, start over and no on is the wiser.  Hmm...not such a bad thing, right?  

I jumped into the Dylusions Ink Spray waters head first with this piece.  I didn't hate it, I didn't start over.  I just kept spraying, stamping, stenciling and before I knew it, I had a pretty self expressive piece of art journaling on an 8x8 canvas.

For a first attempt at something like this, I must admit I am satisfied.  My friend, Ellen Vargo does amazing art journals.  While at CHA, she shared a couple of them with me and Ellen, I have to give a shout out to YOU because you are the inspiration behind this piece.

This canvas is all about layers: Dylusions Ink Sprays, Perfect Pearls Mists, Stamps, Archival Ink, Paint, Embossing Paste, and paper.  And it definitely qualities as a "messy" project.  But it is also SO MUCH FUN TO DO! I can't tell you the fun I had experimenting and just free flow letting it all hang out.

I began with an 8x8 canvas.  I used Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 Embossing Paste to create the textured edge and top from Dylusions' Chequered Dots stencil.  First I did it in white, but later I redid it in Black Embossing Paste.  You could actually skip the step in the white but I honestly didn't know where this piece was going when I started it.  And, the extra layer of white embossing paste gives more depth to the chequered dots. (Be sure to immediately wash your stencil after using paint or embossing paste with it!)

Next I lightly spritzed the canvas with water and then randomly sprayed Vibrant Turquoise, Lemon Zest and Bubblegum Pink Dylusions Sprays.  I heat set and repeat the spraying until I achieved the brightness I wanted.  Here you can see how the textured shows but it is much more interesting and provides great contrast when I covered it again in the black embossing paste.

Here are the chequered dots in the black.  I also scraped some embossing paste along some of the edges of the canvas.  The stylish lady was from a magazine.  I loved her black and white outfit.  It is perfect with my textured edge. I knew that I wanted her to be in this corner of the canvas but that is all I knew at this point.

Next layer is some "ghosting" techniques that Dyan Reaveley teaches. I simply laid her Letter Jumble Stencili down on the canvas and lightly sprayed a portion of the stencil with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.  Then I lifted the stencil, turned it over and pressed it a couple of times onto the canvas, leaving those blotchy areas of gold spray.  You can either air dry or heat set the Perfect Pearls spray.  I heat set it and here is the result.  Love it!

I used Jet Black Archival Ink to do some random stamping of the squiggles from Dyan Reaveley's Background Love stamp set.  Aren't they fun?  

Next, I added some polka dots from Dyan Reaveley's Basic Backgrounds stamp.  These were done with Picket Fence Paint Dabber.  I also dipped the edge of the clear plastic cap of a Dylusion Spray bottle into the paint and formed the circles on the canvas. (Immediately wash your stamp after stamping with paint so that it doesn't dry on your stamp!)

Keeping in mind how I was going to situate my lady, I added this border from Dyan's Around The Edge stamp set.  I added the white dashes for more contrast.  Right now, it sort of looks like it's floating but when I put the lady in place, it all makes sense. Then I lightly sprayed Workable Fixative to seal the canvas before adding the lady with the Matte Multi Medium.  (Since most of the products I used on this canvas are water based, I needed to seal them to prevent any blurring or diluting of the colors before adding the multi medium.)

Here again is the finished canvas.  See what I mean about the stamped border in the center of the canvas?  Her foot rests on the line and it blends right into the canvas.  The words are my own and I generated them on my computer, cut them out and edged them with a permanent black Sharpie marker.

Here you get a closer view of the layers on this canvas: the embossing paste, the ink sprays, the ghosted perfect pearls mist, the archival ink stamping, the paint stamping and the lady and sentiment; which of course, are paper.

New from Tim Holtz this season are more Blue Print Stamps. This wheel comes from his Mini Blueprints 4 set.  I love it!   I stamped the wheel onto Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper with Jet Black Archival Ink and heat set it.  Then I colored it in using Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Scattered Straw and Black Soot Distress Markers.  I cut it out, mounted it onto a piece of chipboard and inked the edges in black.  In the center, I added a Game Spinner with a Long Fastener and the spinner will spin.  I mounted it (and the lady) in place using Matte Multi Medium.

If you're overwhelmed at the thought of making a mess like this on a canvas, start small; an ATC card or a #8 manila tag.  Just play and create backgrounds first.  Then the rest will follow.  Have fun with this!  It really is so much fun to just MAKE A MESS!

Then enter your piece in our weekly challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  You could be our lucky random winner of a ...

$50.00 credit voucher.  You could also be named as one of the TOP THREE works of art for the week.  That is quite a nice honor as well.

Have fun and good luck! I can't wait to see your creations!

Here are the products available at Simon Says Stamp that were used in this canvas:


  1. Look at you channeling your inner Ellen!!! I LOVE it!!! Amazing lady image too! Her outfit rocks! The roulette wheel looks totally rocking awesome here! Way to be creative! Artsy city!!!

  2. Well it may be very different fr you but you certainly nailed it! The layers are fab! Hugs trace. X

  3. Not only did you face this head on but you nailed it! What a gorgeous canvas. Love all of the layering and the gorgeous colour palette. The black and white is so striking next to the Dylusions. Great looks like joy on a canvas!

  4. Candy this is a lovely canvas. You certainly had no need to be afraid! Beautiful layers of ink, paste and image! Love your sentiment as it is perfect for the art!

  5. Oh, this is so beautiful.
    The bright colors and the patterns.
    I love to work with color mist and templates and so I really like, what you created.And what you wrote about art as a therapy is so true.
    Have a nice week.

    Anke x

  6. The black against your colourful background is so eye catching Candy. I love all the layers of interest and the use of texture paste is fantastic. This canvas looks so tactile. I love the line you added for her foot to rest, very clever and well thought out touch. The black and white really draws the eye into the canvas. A wonderful creative piece Candy. Tracy x x

  7. Hey Candy! Your creation is amazing! So happy you decided to DIVE IN and get messy! Result is FABulous! Thanks so much for your kind words... have a great week, friend! ~ Ellen xxx

  8. Wow Candy! this is amazing! I hear you with trying new things! I'm also very scared to make something I don't like. Good for you to take it head on! And what a gorgeous result! Hugs, Sandra

  9. Fabulous and colourful canvas Candy! Love all the layers, in particular the perfect pearls gold misting, which added such a great touch. Gorgeous focal image and a great sentiment.

  10. Hi Candy, I love the way you just 'went for it' and ended up with this fabulous result! Like your tip about putting black on top of white embossing paste, will try that one. The colours are amazing and the lady is just divine, languishing there on that lovely border. You have made this look as though you spent hours designing every detail! Gorgeous piece.... Hugs, Anne x

  11. Loving all those beautiful colours on your canvas Candy, makes me wish I had some of those inks. Terrific lady and loving the wheel, fab touch. Hugs Annette x

  12. Thanks for sharing the progress of this wonderful piece of art.

  13. Oh Candy this is Gorgeous! So bright and pretty! LOVE IT!

  14. Awesome colors! Awesome to see the process :)

  15. stunning piece! I really love your great photoworkshop too! Thank you so much!

    xxx Susi

  16. Awesome Piece ,Beautiful colors,stunning!

    Hugs Jeannette

  17. Gorgeous canvas, Candy! I LOVE all the texture and the bright pops of color are just my style! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  18. Fabulous canvas make Candy. Love the texture and background you have created here. Made more interesting with the ghosting and stamping. Love the image, which adds to the overall piece. You have conquered your fear as far as I can see.


    Annie x

  19. I love what you did Candy, thanks so much for the inspiration. I'm fairly new to this area of papercrafting and having so much fun!

  20. Liebe Candy, Sie können in die Hand nehmen was Ihnen beliebt, es wird immer Kunst! Ich bin begeistert von dem wunderbar farbenfroh gestalteten Hintergrund und dem Gesamtkunstwerk, mein Kompliment!
    Liebe Grüße.

  21. OH MY GOSH GIRL! For something that you've created out of your comfort zone, that is absolutely STUNNING! Love the colours and composition. Take a bow because that canvas so deserves a standing ovation! :)



  22. I'm impressed with this eye catching explosion of color. Love what you did!


  23. This canvas is rocking Candy, love the boldness of colours and that quote is oh so true. x

  24. I would never know (had you not revealed) that you're new to this~it's amazing! I love the jazzy look~

  25. You have motivated me to get my art journal out again Candy. Its messy but so worth it. I love the black and white with the glorious colour. Hope you got your hands clean!!!

  26. So cool, Candy... and so worth leaping out of your comfort zone for - and way braver than me on the colour front! I love watching the layers build up - thanks so much for all those pics of your process - and then the amazing creativity of the checkerboard echoing from her dress to the border and back... not to mention the FABULOUS sentiment!! I love it - you might even have nudged me to grab a colour other than turquoise in the near future!
    Alison x


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