Monday, May 2, 2011

altered canvas

Scrap-It-Lah is having its Second Anniversary Blog Hop, now into week 5. You can get details here. It's an altered canvas challenge, something new to try, and I came up with this:

Seeing it's a new thing, and given the short time frame, I decided to stick to my oft-used monochromatic scheme. That way, it would also serve as a backdrop to make the photos pop. I love the different expressions on these photos, and felt they deserve something special.

The canvas is first prepped with gesso. Then I tried out Tim Holtz's alcohol ink agate technique. I only did the edges and coloured the middle portion sparingly. It turned out differently though, probably due to porosity. 

Even though it's basically a boy canvas, the hues allow me to use blooms without it appearing feminine. I spent quite a bit of time experimenting with different flower layering. I'm quite happy with the final outcome. So you'd probably see more of these flowers in my next layouts.


Using alcohol inks again, I coloured a piece of transparency, upon which I framed the main photo with inked chipboard. The monogram is highlighted with stickles and crackle accent.

I've had quite a bit of fun (a lot, actually) getting messy with this. Would probably make similar layouts for my other kids as well. But that's some other story...


Chowchow said...

Hilda - this is so beautiful. it certainly does not show that this is your first attempt at a canvas. I am speechless at the moment but would like to thank you for being the first one attempting the challenge.

teacher jessy said...

Wow, u r a fast scrapper!! I love what you did to the canvas, so much details to see!! Thanks for playing along at SIL!

Donna said...

Wow beautiful LO Hilda, the colours and detail are beautiful :) Donna x

Sherry'sPaperie said...

Love the layout! I think I'll use this as inspiration for my next layout.

I must say though, having all boys myself, I doubt the boys in the layout would think the flowers and swirls are anything but "girlie" no matter what colors they are.