Monday, September 16, 2013

Youth and Roses

Sometimes, you just need to create BIG and so I did over the weekend.   Not awfully big, mind you ... just sorta-kinda-maybe-big with an 11 x 14 canvas.

Youth and Roses
The inspiration came from the rose images on a napkin.  The background started with drywall patching tape, Crafter's Workshop Doodling Stencil and Liquitex Modeling Paste, a wallpaper fabric sheet (a 4x6 pad of 50+ variety sheets found for $2.97 in the clearance section at Joann's), and then acrylic paint (in several pink as well as green values) and gesso blended over all.  The napkin tissue was decoupaged next.  The birdcage was diecut with my Cuttlebug and then gesso'd and painted light pink, then glittered with a soft pink glitter.  The bird was a store-bought embellishment that came on a sheet of 8.  I printed on cardstock my butterfly embellishments (images from the Graphics Fairy, linked at the right) and printed the quote box which I did in my graphics program.  Finishing touches include the decorative sticky trim, stamping ink, Prima flowers and pearl flatback gems.

I loved this quote from Thomas More:

"What though youth gave love and roses,
Age still leaves us friends and wine."

By the way ... persistence paid off on this one.  My first canvas was either a bad canvas cloth or bad gesso - my acrylic paint wouldn't stick for anything!  lol  I had a big mess on my hands - literally!  lol  Thank goodness for a stockpile of canvases!  Even then THIS background went through four very different variations!  Next time, I shall make a note to take photos and show you the process ... it took, me days!  lol  :-)


  1. This really big (to me it is!) canvas is absolutely gorgeous! I love how much texture your "underpinnings" have given the roses. And, your quote is quite thought provoking at this point in my life! Nicely done, Von!

  2. MAGNIFICENT Von! I'm so happy you posted ur blog on FB so I could find u and what you do and seeing it makes me feel closer to your if only I could give you big gentle hugs.
    Peace and Love, Dar


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