I like to try and take part in the monthly challenge run by Limor Webber, each month. it forces me to either follow a sketch or follow a set of instructions for items that must be included. this month it was a mixed media canvas with stamping included and an inspirational quote or saying that means something to you. My Tim Holtz stamp was perfect for this as i spent the first 45 years of my life trying to be what others wanted or expected. even when it came to what i wore.
I have started on a better path that is more honest with myself and folks get what they see and if they dont like it then they dont need to hang around. its not an easy path but all personal development takes work. the best life lessons are the hardest ones.
So now i try to be me. I even got a tattoo and didnt let the disapproving comments of family members affect me the way i used to. They may not like it, but then I wasn't asking them to get one. "I" like it and it is on "MY" body.
Anyhoo back to the wee canvas... here it is in a step by step form.
I added an image by image transfer. the image i used was from a sheet by ARTChix and I used gel medium to do my image transfer. I am no expert on image transfer. i miss more than i hit so i recomend reading about it by someone who knows what they are doing. i have found that if your image is too glossy, that a white residue seems to get left behind blurring the image. so i try not to use shiny collage paper images. but if that does happen, you can bring the image back out by wetting it.. obviously it will dry again so to achieve a wet effect that lasts, varnish your image (modpodge, glossy accents, anything that will bring the image out.).
when the modpodge was dry i added a few 7 gypsies rubon numbers then gave the whole canvas a very liberal coat of Decoart one step crackle medium and went away to let it dry. dont be tempted to heat dry it as the crackles end up being a bit too wee and ineffective.
Here i have tilted it to the light so you can see the texture and treasure gold....