Thursday, August 27, 2015

Expand Your Horizons...

Happy Thursday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week...it's almost Friday :) I have a mixed media canvas to share with you today. I wanted to create the look of a magical, mysterious forest.


Because my time is limited in my craft room, it literally takes me a month to complete a canvas. I do a little bit, set it aside to dry and then add more the next time I'm in there. So I'll try to remember all the steps I took to create this. I started out with crumpled tissue paper and adhered it to the canvas with Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium. Once it was dry I used a The Crafter's Workshop Brick stencil and applied Wendy Vecchi Crackle medium.


I then cut a few Memory Box Yorkshire Tree dies in foam and adhered them to the canvas, wrapping them around the sides and top as well.


Next, I adhered a Poppystamps Weeping Willow Branches die to the top, and Poppystams Grassland Border to the bottom of the canvas. Once all of the dies were in place, I covered the entire canvas in black gesso (which made it hard to see the cracks in the bricks). I then used Twinkling H2O's in Pearl Green and a touch of Mustard Green to cover the canvas. Once that dried, I brushed on Perfect Pearls in Spring Green and Duo Green Yellow. Finally, I spritzed the canvas with Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist and then Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold. The magical little bubbles are Skittles from Doubleclick AKA A Busy Bee in Meadow.


The fairy is a Spellbinders Ariana die. She was covered with Sparkle N Sprinkle Moonrise Glitter. Viva Inka Gold Metallic Rub was then rubbed over her and finally, she was covered in Glossy Accents. Her wand was embossed with Sparkle N Sprinkle Frosted Juniper. You can see a bit of the crackle in the bricks, but not like before I added the black gesso.


I am entering this in the following challenges:

1) Anything But Cute - Making Magic (see inspiration pic below)
2) DL.ART - August Linky
3) Little Scrap Pieces - Show it Off Saturday
4) Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
5) 2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
6) Dies R Us Challenge - The Great Outdoors



Thanks so much for stopping by!!

63 comments:

  1. Wow!!!! Such a stunning magical forest!! All your embossing looks great! The colours are so vibrant and they give a feel of mystery and I LOVE your fantastic background!!! The crackle is not too much visible, but I think it's just perfect!!! These branches that come down are adorable!!! And the trees are really fabulous with all these leaves! Lovely glittered fairy, so light!! Gorgous work!!

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  2. Gorgeous!!!!Love it!!!Have a good weekend!!!

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  3. Wowzers, Lisa! You definitely achieved a magical forest! You have a lot of patience to work away at your projects a bit here and there. I loved reading all the products you used to make this - I wouldn't even know where to start with something like this - you are such a talented artist! I marvel at your creativity! The shimmer is beautiful! Stunning canvas!

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  4. What a lovely canvas. I love the iridescent colors. And the intricacy of the tree is so pretty.
    April

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  5. Wow, this looks amazing! Love the background and all the texture.

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  6. Awesome!! There is so much detail on this canvas and I love the magical forest you created! The Fairy is beautiful with the moonglow glitter and I really love the trees!

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  7. Your mixed media canvas is lovely! I love all of the textured detail and the little bubbles.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  8. It Does looks magical n mystical Lisa ! As if the magic fairy has made it to shine in darks..:) loved the textures and specially the trees !

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  9. Absolutely Gorgeous! I just love it!
    Hugs, Lori m

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  10. Well this may have taken you a month to make but so worth it! It is so beautiful!!! It looks very magical, I really love how the trees wrap around the sides.

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  11. You captured such a magical feeling with this gorgeous canvas. I love the colors and the texture.

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  12. What a cool mystical and magical scene you made. It looks incredible in the photo...I can't imagine how fantastic it looks in person. I really like this a lot, Lisa. It is amazing.

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  13. WOW Lisa! This looks amazing!! It really does give off that enchanted forest vibe - I believe it took you awhile to make, sometimes life gets in the way of our crafting... but when the project does get completed - the beauty shows through... LOVE it! :)

    Theresa
    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

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  14. Beautiful canvas. You certainly got the enchanted forest you were looking to create.

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  15. What a beautiful and yes, magical looking canvas! I can just image it took a month to create. It would probably take me years - if ever! Love it and the work of a true artist.
    Lynn

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  16. WOW Lisa!! This is Magical and Amazing!! Such a beautiful background. I love the trees and the Meadow Skittles. I absolutely love the pretty detail of the fairy!
    A Gorgeous creation my friend!
    Have a blessed day,
    M'
    Crafting With Creative M

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  17. Hi Lisa what a gorgeous project I love all the texture and your design is wonderful.
    Debs xx
    {Debs Cards}

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  18. You have indeed created something magical. But then, all of your creations are magical.
    So pretty!!!
    Hugs,
    Larelyn

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  19. Wow my friend absolutely beautiful - love the awesome background and image - great job as always!!!

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  20. Dear Lisa, this is one heavenly and magically gorgeous canvas!!! I so love all the texture and that breathtaking little fairy and her magic wand :) Thank you sooo much for joining our Make Magic challenge at Anything But Cute! What an honor to have you join in!
    Hugs :)

    Samra DT for Anything But Cute
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  21. Wow! This is amazing! With all those neat details in this canvas...I can see why it takes a long time to do...

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  22. This canvas is absolutely wonderful, Lisa!!! The textures are amazing. I am just looking at all those fantastic trees... A fabulous and magical scene you've created here!!!
    Mar

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  23. WOW this is awesome Lisa! VERY mystical and wonderful inspiration! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  24. Wow this is fabulous Lisa i love all the texture
    Kevin xx

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  25. Oh my gosh, how cool is this! Your canvas is just beautiful and I can imagine it must take time to created such a beautiful piece! I love the way you wrapped the sides and the scene is spectacular! Fabulous colors and your fairy is just stunning! The moonrise glitter is such a great touch!
    AMAZING project!

    Have a super weekend! It sounds like you are having okay weather to! It was only in the low 60's but finally has shaped back up and in the 70's! It is suppose to be back in the 80's bu the wknd~perfect for the weddings we will be attending! I came down with a nasty cold today and hopefully it is short lived...I think little Lacy gave it to me, lol! Probably cuz I smother her in hugs and kissed daily, haha!
    Have a great evening!
    Sherrie k

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  26. This piece does have a sense of mystery about it. Love the texture of that crumpled tissue and the way you've merged the dimensional tree into the background by spraying it the same color as the canvas. The tiny jewels embedded made me think of glowing eyes peeking out through the foliage. I could see the brick embossing in the enlarged picture, but it also looks like branches hanging down over a wall (over towards the left side). The little gleaming fairy fits perfectly with the imagery of your enchanted forest. Saw this on FB and liked it. Just amazing and well worth the wait for the finished product. TFS & hugs. Hats off to your imaginative artistry.

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  27. Magical indeed! Holy flibbertigibbets! This looks like brushed metal and the texture of your piece is absolutely FAN-tastic. Love love love and did I say love?

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  28. I think you definitely have achieved your mission in the magical department! It looks amazing! The background is stunning with the mixed shades! Love all of the dimension you have created along with the bit of sparkle too! The fairy is the perfect finishing touch on your masterpiece!

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  29. Gorgeous Lisa! Love all the metallic shimmery detail! Fabulous scenes! Love all the dimension and mysterious vibe!

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  30. My sweetest friend, you 100% achieved the look you were going for... this is the most beautiful enchanted forest. There aren't enough words to say how much I love this... the background is masterfully done. What I'd give to accomplish something like this! The trees are AMAZING and I especially love that you wrapped it around... details like that make such a huge impact. The fairy is perfection and I love the magical bubbles. :o) Stunning work, my dearest friend! Have a sparkly happy day. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  31. OMG, Lisa!! This is just awesome!!!! What a fabulous canvas!!! Love that tree!!!! Have a great day.
    Gerda

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  32. Oooh what a stunning and detailed background you have made Lisa ..You really rock at the color green !!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  33. Such detail!!! Love the way you wrapped the foam around this piece. Your forrest is mystical and so inviting with that lovely fairy. The glitter is spectacular too. Wonderful work as always, Lisa. So happy I was able to come be inspired and catch up on your latest creations this morning. Happy friday to you dear lady. Have a fabulous weekend! xx Donna K

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  34. AWESOME...such detail and wow look how you have incorporated all those different dies....I love making a canvas, but they do take the time, so worth it though...love this my friend..a wonderful piece of art!

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  35. A fantastic Canvas Lisa!! I love how you used so many elements to create all the texture, its really beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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  36. A stunning creation Lisa, I love the techniques and colour used to create the beautiful background and a gorgeous fairy!!

    hugs
    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Chalenge.

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  37. Wow one stunning canvas. Love all the textures the way the colors all blend and especially love the fairy. You are the Queen of mixed media. Love all your pieces of art. Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

    Have a creative day.
    Nana
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥
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    ♥ Paper & Stitches ♥

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  38. Wow, you've achieved incredible depth and shimmer Lisa! It is indeed like a magical forest - perfect for little fairies to visit. Nicola x

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  39. Definitely magical and mysterious with those fabulous textures and shapes! Love your canvas, Miss Mermaid!

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  40. "magical" is the first adjective that came to my mind Lisa!
    Beautiful creation!! Thank You~

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  41. You definitely created a magical, mysterious forest! Gorgeous!

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  42. Your canvases are so stunning! Such talent and patience!

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  43. What an amazing enchanted forest!!!! Looks so magical and inviting! So much texture snd deprh! Awesome job! It was worth the time and effort! Our hirizons are just too smokey to be broadened!

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  44. Definately magic was made here! Amazeballs creation, and use of the black gesso and so many shimmering elements=fantabulous! What a clever idea to use foam for the die cut. I will have to remember that! Your use of such yummy colors here have made me add to my wish list! Love that tree die and your fairy die as well. I can see the enchanted forest and think of many wonderful surprises in this forest. Wowzers! And Wowzers!

    Thanks for joining in our Making Magic challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz! ~Niki DT

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  45. Love your magical canvas dear friend. I would of love to see your process in a video. Hope you are doing well and have hasd an amazing summer.
    Hugs,
    Cindy Lou

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  46. Hi Lisa! Another GORGEOUS project. I wanted to say that I really miss having you play along with us at Word Art Wednesday, and hope that you will stop by to play along with us. We also have a HUGE celebration coming up the week of September 9 with loads of awesome prizes. I hope that you will join us again soon. I always enjoy seeing your sweet creations.
    Blessings,
    Karen
    Word Art Wednesday

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  47. What an amazing canvas! I love all the details and I just love fairies too! Hugs, Robin

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  48. Magical in green and collage canvas. Summer Smiles...

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  49. Beautiful canvas project Lisa... You really created a fine art of a masterpiece....

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  50. Beautiful canvas project Lisa... You really created a fine art of a masterpiece....

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  51. Wow. What an enchanting forest! LOVE the amazing textures here. And all the lovely details! :)

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  52. Absolutely fabulous! I love these colors and all of the wonderful details you added! The paste through the stencils- so cool- love the die..... worth taking your time to see the end results!

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  53. Oh my....what a STUNNING canvas!!! Love everything about it...just gorgeous!!!

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  54. Everything you create Lisa is a work of art.......such a beautiful canvas, amazing detail and texture, very magical! Have a wonderful week!

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  55. LIsa, this is truly a magical forest you have created here! I love the shimmer, the sparkle, the MAGIC you have certainly achieved! I could look at this all day long, and still not see it all!

    I love the idea of using foam for the die cuts, but I'm curious if it can be used with thin dies like Spellbinders. What kind of foam do you use, because I so want to try this!? I recently killed my Big Kick, and have a new one, so I don't want to load too much into it. Great idea to wrap this around the edges, too, which makes this extra special.

    I could just go on and on about every detail that rocks my socks, but I'll just say thank you for joining Anything but Cute for our Making Magic challenge with this beauty! Hugs, Sara Emily DT

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  56. A stunning canvas Lisa. It is so lush with the dimension and shine. It was worth all the time you spent on it.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  57. Such a beautiful piece.
    I love the mystical look to it, so pretty with all the shimmer.

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  58. WOW WOW WOW!! Lisa this is AMAZING!!!!!
    What an AWESOME project my friend!!!

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  59. OK, this is fabulous! I LOVE it.

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  60. Oh wow this is just amazing!! I have never attempted this type of project. Your work is perfection! I love it my friend!!

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