It's good to stretch yourself from your art journal book into a canvas, but a canvas can seem big and daunting. So why not try tiny canvases first?
Let's go back. I had a migraine one day so all I could do was lay down in a dark room with sunglasses on and watch Netflix because once you start something, it'll just keep playing. That day I watched Marie Kondo's new show. When I was recovered I decided to tackle the disaster that is my studio. As I was tidying up, I found these tiny canvases I'd started a while ago.
That got me thinking and there out the window went the tidying (not forever). I thought about how a tiny canvas is fun and easy for a first canvas. I decided to gesso them with a lot of water to tone down what I'd started.
The canvases had script tissue paper and some inking through a stencil, plus a smidge of line green paint. Time had passed and I was over that palette.
The pink drip was obviously where I was going to put my focal point. I adhered clusters of these die cut leaves tin the drip line. They were cut from a piece of Yupo that I'd play on with alcohol inks. The paper texture is very different and you run it through your die cutter a time or two. Take them out gingerly.
My spiritual practice is to attempt to love God with my heart, soul , and mind and my neighbor as myself. I'm going to be practicing for a while it seems. Any way those were the focus ideas of my canvases.
For heart I cut a heart from pink alcohol inked paper. For soul I chose a draw a dove and for mind I chose a flower bud. Because Yupo is nonporous, takes for ever to dry ink on it that then wipes off easily, I drew with a pencil on the back side, cut my images out and then shaded them with Pitt Big Brush Markers.
These markers have India ink which dries permanently, but you have a window to smudge the ink for a delicate shading. That's what I did on all my focal images. I also used the ink for the details on the dove.
I took the stickers that said heart, soul and mind from my Paper Faith sticker collection. Perfect words.
This was a quick project. It's easily and fun. Why not spread your creative wings to a canvas?
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