Monday, September 5, 2016

Anything But Cute Challenge #17 - Friendship

Happy Monday and happy Labor Day to all my friends in the USA!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! It's time for a new monthly challenge at Anything But Cute!!


The sweet and talented Branka of Vintage Homemade is our fabulous hostess this month and she's chosen the theme "Friendship". Here's what she had to say about the theme:


Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. We want you to show us a mixed media creation that's inspired by friendship. You can create anything, from tags to art journal pages but make sure it's a mixed media piece. Let's celebrate friendship together!


For my project, I created a friendship canvas for one of my oldest friends, incorporating several of her favorite things. I started with an 8 x 10 canvas and flipped it over. I covered the canvas with gesso and then applied drywall tape to the edges.


Next, I applied crumpled white tissue paper to the center for texture.


I added texture paste through a Tim Holtz Brick stencil to the background.


For added texture, I applied crackle paste to a piece of heavyweight cardstock and applied it to the canvas. I also added the crackle paste to the sides using the brick stencil. I applied paste through a Crafter's Workshop Art Is stencil as well (not pictured).


Now to fill in the background. I used a Cuttlebug die to cut the flowering vines in cardboard.


I cut other pieces in cardboard and covered them with gesso.


I added some some chipboard pieces, buttons and lace, as well as the friends forever wood pieces. I coated the entire canvas with gesso. This is where things went a little sideways. I wanted to use my Finnabair Mica Powders to color the canvas, but my experiment was a huge disaster. I'm too embarrassed to show you what it looked like, so I covered the entire canvas with black gesso and started again :)


This time, I used several different colors of Viva Decor Inka-Gold. After I had the canvas the colors I wanted, I used white gesso and a dry brush to highlight different parts of the canvas.




I am entering this in the following challenges:

1) Jo's Scrap Shack Funday Friday - Anything Goes
2) Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
3) Emerald Creek Dares - Anything Goes
4) A Vintage Journey - Create Within a Frame
5) Creative Artiste - Anything Goes Mixed Media


Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Anything But Cute to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge!! Then link up your mixed media Friendship project!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

67 comments:

  1. Wowzer Lisa - this is super awesome.... you are very talented when doing projects like this.. I would not have patience in trying one, LOL! Love those colors combined together and all all the pretty details.... It's picture perfect just standing on a mentor or hanging on your favorite part of the wall.

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  2. Oh WOW! What an amazing creation! Just beautiful. I wouldn't know where to start to make something like this. xx

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  3. You are truly an artist Lisa, I am always thinking your cards need to be framed so this is perfect. Words can not describe this amazing piece of art!

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  4. WOW WOW WOW and more wows Lisa...I simply love your mixed media experiments. Love each element and will be pinning this beauty!!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  5. You are truly an artist Lisa, I am always thinking your cards need to be framed so this is perfect. Words can not describe this amazing piece of art!

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  6. This is beautiful Lisa! I love all of the layers and texture and pretty colors, there is so much depth! At first I thought it was an underwater scene but, then it looks like a night scene in Paris. All in the eye of the beholder, that is what art is all about, great job!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  7. This is beautiful Lisa! I love all of the layers and texture and pretty colors, there is so much depth! At first I thought it was an underwater scene but, then it looks like a night scene in Paris. All in the eye of the beholder, that is what art is all about, great job!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  8. Wow, this is amazing mixed media project. Love all the details.
    Valerija xx

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  9. Wow what a stunning project Lisa it looks an amazing scene the colours are gorgeous fantastic elements and design, outstanding work
    hugs
    lorraine x

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  10. Wow Lisa, I am so in love with the amazing shimmer on this one! All those Viva products really blend well together and your choice of colours sucked me right in!!! Interesting about your bad experience with the Mica powders, I've had no luck with them either, they'r currently buried in a drawer somewhere because I just wasn't getting any good results. You sure recovered well from it though, the black gesso makes those metallics glow like crazy! Your friend is going to swoon over this amazing and thoughtful gift! Love the textures too, the brickwork over the mesh adds extra depth, ooooh how I want to touch it! I was hypnotized watching you put this together, a fly on the wall taking it all in!!! Thank you so much for another amazing work of art my friend. hugs :)

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  11. Absolutely stunning project. I'm sure your friend will treasure it.

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  12. Ok, I have picked my jaw up off the floor, scrolled and read every delicious tidbit repeatedly, checked out the photos yet again, picked my jaw up off the floor once more, and SIGHED VERY BIG. LOL Lisa, what an incredible gift! Luscious colors, and fabulous textures. GORGEOUSNESS - your love and essence shine through the beauty of these textures, colors and fabulous technique, knowing which items to put together to create a soul-filled story in all the elements together. Thanks for taking time to photograph it all, Lisa. I know it is time consuming. Sometimes, I think the PROCESS is more "Art" than the finale! Hope you enjoy a great week! hugs, de

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  13. Lisa your canvas is sensational! I love all the textures, the inka gold, the buttons, lace and chipboard, especially that sweet owl! This is absolutely gorgeous and I am sure your friend will love it!!

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  14. Shimmer and shine and everything divine! Your dear friend is sure to enjoy and love this canvas. I so want to see your blooper mistake though! Teehee! What are those little brushes next to your inka pots? Looks like some comfortable brushes. Your use of die cuts always astound my brain and my eyes. Layers upon layers of gorgeous colors highlight each die and creates such wonderful depth. That is a talent I have yet to master. The textures are smashingly awesome sauce and so fun! Totes wowzers! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  15. I could share many disasters with mica powders with you - lol! In a way I am glad yours went wrong as we may not otherwise have seen this gorgeous, gorgeous reverse canvas project!! The colours are just amazing and I love the sheen! The brickwork in the background and the random bricks on the frame look fabulous too - and then all those layers of embellies - wow, wow, wow, I love them! What a special gift for your dear friend! Hugs, Anne xx

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  16. Wow absolutely beautiful - any friend would love to receive this - you did a fabulous job as always and thanks for sharing the tutorial - Happy Labor Day to you as well and have a great week!!!

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  17. WOW you have really created a work of art. Love the layers, colors and how it ll came together. I could never do anything like this. Yu are amazing.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥
    ♥ MCC Shop ♥

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  18. Wow--a beautiful work of art! Your friend will love it.

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  19. Thank you for showing us how to create this beautiful piece of art! It is amazing! I love the little owl in the corner! I am going to PIN this so I can refer to it when I have time to do some mixed art!

    Hugs,
    Chriss

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  20. Oooooh, Lisa, all I want to do is to touch this drop dead gorgeous piece of art! Your layering is simply fantastic, the way you used your dies is awesome and what you did with these amazing Inka gold paints is marvelous! I enjoyed watching the process of creating this beauty and the final result is magical, my sweet friend! What a perfect gift for your friend! LOVE it to bits!
    Big hugs to you! Branka xx

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  21. Oh, wow wow wow!!!!! Such a marvellous mixed media!!! I pinned it immediately!
    https://it.pinterest.com/pin/534802524484500303/
    Love any detail of this artwork full of textures and fab colours!!! Thank you very much for your step by step tutorial! Amazing scene, and love very much the drywall tape on the edges!! Fab use of diecuts, gesso and vivadecor inka gold!! Love, love your masterpiece!!!

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  22. Thanks for all the pictures of your project. Glad you were able to recover from your mistake. Your friend will love this. Love all the fabulous details.

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  23. Gorgeous mixed media! I love all the bright, beautiful colors and lovely details! It turned out awesome!
    Big Hugs!
    Priyanka

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  24. Oh My -lanta! How super cool is this!!! Lisa... this is so amazing! I love your step by step and all the awesome texture you used to create this project for your friend! Sorry your first go at it didn't go like you planned.. but the end results here are amazing! LOVE the depth & dimension.. Amazing as usual my friend! Have a wonderful day! :)

    Theresa
    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

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  25. WOW!! I just love all the elements you put into this!! Your friend is going to love it!! Have a fabulous day!! Hugs, Robin

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  26. Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! This is so shiny and my magpie instincts are taking over! I love seeing how you put this beauty together as I've been trying to work more on canvas lately (and ALSO just happened to get some new InkaGolds)

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  27. love it!
    its amazing!
    have a nice day
    hugs
    Fiki 🐈

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  28. Enjoyed seeing the steps involved in this wonderful art piece. I'm amazed at how your mind works to imagine what is needed, be able to pull it together and have something beautiful at the end. (I'd love to see what didn't work too!) It's so cool with the drywall tape, the rumpled tissue paper, the dies and stencils. Love the cool ocean colors you've used too. It's just stunning. Whomever receives it - will love it too! TFS & Hugs

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  29. WOW This is gorgeous!!!!!!!! I almost believe that it was meant to be for you to have a disaster just so that this masterpiece could come alive! I LOVE it!!!! I Love all the texture and the colors are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing your step by step process and also for linking up in our Funday Friday challenge this week! Love this my friend!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

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  30. This is absolutely gorgeous Lisa, I love all the detail !!
    Kevin xx

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  31. Love all the texture going on here, Lisa, and the metallic colors are fabulous as well! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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  32. Is there anything you can't do?! Holy Hannah..this is AMAZING!!! I LOVE the textures and the colors are so deep, rich and blend so well together Lisa! I love all the chipboard pieces you cut and colored, they are spectacular! I need to try those Inka-golds~they have such a beautiful shimmer to the canvas~I am sure your friend will treasure it forever!! She is one lucky girl:) Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I gotta give this a try someday! I wish you lived close to me, you could give me a lesson or two, lol!
    Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day wknd. I took a trip back home to spend the day with my Mom who celebrated a birthday! Had a great time~I also spent some time with my little Granddaughters along with a wee bit time in my craft room... which was great! Oh and yeah, our trip is coming up to. We are heading out Sept 22~looking forward to some R&R!!! When do you take off?
    Have a great evening!
    Sherrie K

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  33. This is gorgeous, Lisa! Wow, so much to look at here! So many layers, so much texture! Love the metallics too! Thanks for sharing how you made it! Absolutely beautiful!

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous project! There are so many wonderful details on your project! The color combinations are so stunning, loving those gold accents and the metallic look! Your canvas is such a masterpiece, I absolutely love it!

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  35. I'd say what a happy accident! The black is truly amazing in the background and these pigments really shine against it! I can't imagine this with a white base... LOL! I am so inspired by your gorgeous project, lovely layers and such simple materials. Truly a work of art! Hugs, Autumn

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    1. Yay for you for your win at AVJ! That's so amazing and I'm glad they showed your project on the post for everyone to admire! What a beauty! Hugs, Autumn

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  36. My sweetest friend, as if there could be words to describe this beauty... it is truly spectacular. The colors are completely majestic and I just want to dive right in and immerse myself in its beauty. The plethora of elements and detailing somehow do not make it busy, but rather just filled with delight. I love the textures you chose for the background.. gosh they look amazing together! It is impossible to pick a favorite part, just know that I adore every sweet detail. This is a stunning celebration of friendship and she will cherish this with all of her heart! Have a beautiful night, my dearest friend. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  37. wow, an amazing project! Thank you so much for the tutorial because I don't know how to make creations like yours - I hope I will try to do something "similar" one day :))
    hugs xx

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  38. Amazing and awesome result. Love your step by step and those colours are just wow....love your style Lisa...hugs...

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  39. Thanks for joining our Fun-Day Friday Challenge @ Jo’s Scrap Shack.

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  40. WOWZERS what a fabulous project!!! It is awesome my friend with all those gorgeous shiny colors and elements....we would of never known you made a mistake as it looks as though it was all meant to be..a wonderful save my friend! I am sure your friend will adore it! Have a creative and fun week!!

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  41. Lisa, this is an amazing work of art you have created for your friend! It is filled with love in that you chose elements to reflect her favorites! I'm sure she is going to treasure this lovely reverse canvas! The colors are amazing on this, and I'm so happy you shared the process and the products--I've never used these before, and will be adding them to my list for sure--beautiful shimmery results! Your methods of adding texture is so inspiring- I love the idea of layering the card on there and to use the die cuts! You rocked this challenge, my friend! And I'm so grateful for YOUR friendship and support! Big hugs to you!

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  42. Gorgeous project. Colour is so vibrant ...super. Thanks for tutorial.

    Marjeta

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  43. Wow Lisa your friend is very lucky and is so going to love this!! It is just beautiful!! I especially love the rich colors so soothing! I am always amazed by your talent!

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  44. Wow Lisa! What a fantastic project! Love all the dimension, details and stunning color palette! Thanks for sharing your creative process!

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  45. Oh, how fabulous! I love it! I loved seeing the steps involved!! Loved the vivid color! Just super!

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  46. Oh, how fabulous! I love it! I loved seeing the steps involved!! Loved the vivid color! Just super!

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  47. Gorgeous Lisa. Your friend will hang it proudly and think of your speciAl friendship. I love how you incorporated yor friends favorite things. I am slowly gathering the supplies to try a mixed media piece. Thank you for all of the details and inspiration. Have a great day

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  48. Great job! Amazing work! Hugs. Maria ;-)

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  49. This looks absolutely terrific Lisa - I can only imagine the shimmer in real life but the hues look beautiful. Thank-you for sharing step x step - the how to always makes sense more. I'm sure your accident with the micas wasn't as bad as you think but whatever happened you did a marvellous rescue! Nicola x

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  50. WOW This is awesome!!! I love the colors... all the details!!! Your friend will love this!!! You did a awesome job as always!!! TFS!! Have a great day.
    Gerda

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  51. Gorgeous canvas Lisa, in such pretty colors and beautifully arranged elements.
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  52. WOW!! Lisa!! This is Amazing!! Such a beautiful masterpiece!!! I love the gorgeous colors and the wonderful textures!! The owl, flower and butterfly embellishment are simply beautiful!!
    This is really BEAUTIFUL my friend!! You are absolutely amazing!!
    Have a wonderful day my friend,
    M'
    Crafting with Creative M

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  53. Absolutely stunning!! Love all the layers and the shimmeryness (is that even a word? lol) is so pretty! Thank you for sharing at Emerald Creek Dares Challenge! :)
    Cathy - DT Member at Emerald Creek

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  54. Love your canvas, your tutorial is terrific. The mesh on the sides of canvas is a great effect.
    Love the colours and textures
    thanks for joining our challenge over at
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au/
    Debbie Dt

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  55. First, what a great little tutorial and the pictures are so pretty! The prettiest tutorial pictures I've seen!
    Wow, what a lucky friend to receive such a masterpiece! I would treasure this FOREVER!
    Awesome my friend!
    Shelly

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  56. Absolutely stunning. Beautiful colours and the various elements all work perfectly together.
    Glad you joined us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

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  57. love the colors! wish i had your talent with all the different mediums. so amazing!

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  58. It looks pretty awesome. LOVE the colours and all the details on your wonderful reverse canvas.:)

    P/s: I've had many mixed media disasters...so you are not alone. Gesso is such a life-saver eh? *winks*

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  59. Wow - this piece caught my eye instantly! I love all the layers, the story-telling of it and how it draws you in! A beautiful mixed media piece! Thank you for sharing it with us at Emerald Creek Dares!

    Claudia x

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  60. What a beautiful project you created Lisa! LOVE the colors, textures and design - thanks for sharing your techniques, and tips on saving something that goes wrong! Thanks too for joining us in the AVJ Create within a frame challenge! Julia xx

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  61. Fabulous colours and textures Lisa, love your wonderful framed creation and I'm sure your friend loved it too. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey, Deb xo

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  62. Wow fantastic canvas Lisa! the colours and textures are amazing! Thanks for joining us on the Emerald Creek Dares Blog!
    - Katelyn DT member at Emerald Creek

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  63. Hi, Lisa! I just wanted to take a minute to say congratulations on winning the DecoArt prize at A Vintage Journey! This is an amazing piece, and I'm so happy you are being rewarded for sharing it! Hugs!

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    1. PS AND the special mention at Emerald Creek Dares!

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