Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Follow Your Art

"When dewdrops sparkle in the grass and earth's aflood with morning light, a blackbird sings upon a branch to greet the dawning after night. Then I know how fine it is to live."

I've been in a creative rut lately. So last week while struggling to create for various posts and deadlines, I gave myself permission to play. I pulled out my paint and pens and gelatos and I told myself I could use any stamp I wanted from any manufacturer. There were no rules, no timelines. It was freeing and fun. I ended up with this canvas which I created using some of my favorite Stampendous stamps.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered it would work for the new Stampendous Saturday Challenge which happens to be all about sentiments. For all of the details, please stop by the Stampendous Impressions blog this Saturday when the challenge is revealed. Yes, my post is a little early. I just couldn't wait to share my project.

"Follow Art" is a new release sentiment from Stampendous. Isn't it fantastic? I think you'll be seeing a lot of it because it's already a favorite among the design team. In fact, my friend, Janelle Stollfus just used it on an adorable card that you can check out here.

So here's how I created my canvas:

• Prime the canvas by covering it with a neutral acrylic paint; Set aside to dry.

• Using a black PITT Artist Pen Big Brush, ink the Stampendous Cling Calligraphy Sampler image and stamp it randomly on canvas.

• Color canvas using Gelatos in two shades of blue plus a pale yellow; Blend colors using a wet paint brush.

• Using various colors of Pitt Artist Pens, ink and stamp the following Stampendous images onto the canvas: Cling Jumbo Songbird, Cling Lone Bird, Cling Vintage Birdcage, Vintage Piano Perfectly Clear™ Stamps.

• Stamp “Follow Art" Stampendous sentiment onto tissue paper using Jet Black StazOn ink.

• Apply gel medium to both the front and back of tissue as you apply it to canvas.

• Edge the sentiment with a red Gelato; Smear with finger.

By the way, the quote at the beginning of my post is stamped on my canvas, just underneath "Follow Your Art." It is part of the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Songbird set. I think it's lovely.

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you'll join me in creating something fun with a sentiment. See you soon.

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  1. Thank you so much for reading my blog and encouraging me with your comment! It means so much! Thank you! I so love getting your posts in my email! You are so inspiring with your words and and your creativity! I look forward to every card! Thank you! Ruthie

  2. This card is so beautiful and serene! I just love how pretty it is!

  3. I love how this canvas turned out! It would go perfectly in my studio! ;)

  4. Melinda! Melinda! Melinda! I LOVE THIS! Very artsy and beautiful and right up my alley! Great canvas and if you decide it needs a new home, it would look much better in my studio than Pam's! Just sayin'!

  5. What a terrific canvas! Love the way you used all those stamps!

  6. This is just fabulous!! Aren't you glad you played!! I'd say your mojo is definitely home!

  7. Oh so gorgeous! I love the bold red to add to the statement! Love it!

  8. Seems like you got your mojo back alright...this is gorgeous, Melinda!