Monday, 26 December 2016

My Heart Soars

It is Cec here and I have another inspiration piece for you.  Count Your Blessings is the theme this month for the International Design Team and when I think of my blessings my heart gives a little flip so I decided to make a little canvas to portray how this affects me.

I started with an 8" x 8" canvas and gave it a coat of White Gee-Sso Good Gesso.  Next I put some Super Thick Slap it On through a Script stencil.  Once it was dry I gave it another coat of gesso because I didn't want it to be shiny.

I coated a piece of fine corrugated cardboard with Black Gee-Sso Good Gesso and when it was dry gave it a coat of Matte Slap it On.

Next I cut a piece from a Tyvek envelope and painted it with Raven Black Metallic paint.  When it was dry I stamped it with the English Flourish (Dinkie) and the dots from the Tasty Textures stamp set using Jet Black Archival Ink.  Then I heated it between two pieces of parchment paper with the painted side down and being sure to just hover my dry iron over it and not touch it.  It takes a bit of patience but you get the coolest bubbles and holes that you can see in the photo of the finished project.

Next I coated a wooden heart that my husband made for me with some Golden Course Pumice Gel and when it was dry I painted it with Ruby Slippers Metallic paint.

I stamped the Flutterby (Dinkie) on some white card stock with Black Gee-Sso Good Gesso and then cut it in half and removed the head and bottom of the body.  The next step was to paint it with Ruby Slippers and Vodka Martini Metallic paints and then attach it to the back of the heart.

I altered the colour of a filigree piece with some Pitch Black and Silver Mixative Alcohol Inks blended together.  This was then attached to the heart.

To finish the canvas I used a dry brush to paint Raven Black Metallic paint and then some White Gee-Sso Good Gesso outwards from the centre.  I added the corrugated cardboard next, followed by the Tyvek panel.

The heart was mounted on a little bit of cheesecloth, On top of the cardboard I added a little strip of faux metal from my stash that was painted with Black Gee-Sso Good Gesso and heat dried to create bubbles.  Finally I created the sentiment on the computer, tore around it and inked it with some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  Tip:  The best adhesive for ensuring that all things, light or heavy stay attached to the canvas is Super Thick Slap it On.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you to document your blessings in your art.


  1. A beautiful collage type canvas Cec and I love the orangy red colour of the heart and the butterfly which stand out so prettily from the other more neutral tones and the filigree embellishment finishes it perfectly. x

  2. A fabulous tutorial for a great piece of textural artwork! Love the pops of red against the industrial looking background and elements! Well done, Cec!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous canvas! Love the butterfly heart - beautiful! Am off to find out what Tyvek is! Fab effect! xxx

  4. Stunning Cec, love the design and texture.
    Linda xxx

  5. Oh oh ohhhhh - this is so VERY VERY VERY BEAUTIFUL. The sentiment is so SPECIAL - adore it - and the way you portrayed it is just PERFECT. Love every inch of this creation.

    And YOU are such a great blessing to so many of us Cec. I absolutely am BLESSED every time I watch you live and INSPIRED with by your WONDERFUL artwork over and over. You just have a way of exuding happiness and blessings through your personality and with your smile. Wishing you the BEST New Year ever sweet gal. Much Love, j.