Monday, 13 February 2017

Time To Create Art...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is ~ Use Your Favourite Tool and we hope you'll join us for this fun challenge and can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I created a canvas panel and not only did I use my favourite tools, I included them on my panel ~ a paintbrush and a ruler! These two pieces are items that I probably use on every single project I make, I'm a little OCD about straight lines, so a ruler is essential for making sure I'm not a millimetre out!! So, I hope you love this project I've made and enjoy how I created it...

I began by using a 18 x 24cm canvas panel and wanted to create a peeled paint effect on the background, so started by using a base layer of Distress Paint in Cracked Pistachio, Rusty Hinge and Peacock Feathers until the entire surface was covered. Once the paint is dry, I then added a little more depth to the background by using the same colours but in crayons and adding more layers. Give the panel a blast of heat and now for the fun part, I smeared quite thick layers of Vaseline over random areas of the canvas, applying it anywhere you want it to look as if the paint will be peeling.

Then, all you need to do is add a top coat of paint, I used Gesso for this project and apply the paint over the entire canvas, being careful not to spread the Vaseline around too much. Once the top layer of paint is dry, go in with a paper towel and just wipe over the areas where the Vaseline was applied and it should wipe straight off! If you have any stubborn areas, then just use a craft scrapper or an old credit card.

I now had my basic background but wanted a little more texture and for this, I used torn strips of Tissue Tape and laid these directly onto the background and then applied Grit Paste through the Linen Layering Stencil. 
Blast with a heat gun to dry thoroughly and to complete the background, I just added some more highlights of colour by using Distress Crayons and a small amount of gold paint before flicking Black Soot Distress Paint and gesso across the surface and adding Black Soot Distress Crayon around the outside edges.

Now for the embellishing and for the collaged layer, I used a piece of ephemera from the new Collector's Layer Pack and Snippets packs and attached this directly to my canvas using Collage Medium. I then added some torn Designer Tape, Vintage Set. I added some shading with the Pumice Stone Crayon around the edges of all the taped areas and the ephemera pieces.
For the Vignette Box, I used the smallest of the four and applied a piece of paper to the inside and added Journey Design Tape around the edges.
Inside the box, I used Letterpress blocks to spell out the word ART and coloured these with Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint. Once the paint is dry, I lightly sanded the raised lettering to create a more worn effect. Attach the letters to the base of the box and I also added some cheesecloth and then the small pocket watch. Inside the pocket watch I attached a small circle of paper and then used Chit Chat stickers to spell out "Time To Create". I finished the watch with a small metal star before attaching it to the inside of the box.
I then positioned the box onto my canvas and added a knob to the top.
I then attached what I think has to be one of my favourite images from the Paper Dolls set (oh how I love these Paper Dolls) and placed him so that he stood on one of the rulers which I have broken down slightly. 
I added some colour to the image using Distress Marker Pens.

Finally, I added my paintbrush, just an old brush that I've misused and couldn't clean and had seen better days! I broke the tip of the handle and then attached it to my canvas, also adding a hinge clip.

For the finishing detail, I added two Nailhead Findings around the arrangement.
I hope you've enjoyed today's project and that I've inspired you with some of the techniques and ideas that I've used!

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


  1. P.E.R.F.E.C.T.I.O.N.

    Enough said.

    Fantastic! xxx

  2. Ditto what Zoey said. You never disappoint, everything is always so gorgeous!

    Cathie ♥

  3. And ditto from me too, this is a fabulous project Emma! x

  4. WOW! Brilliant use of materials, Emma! Love how you incorporated the paintbrush and ruler, and how the art box feels like a mantle he is leaning against. Gorgeous colors! hugs, Maura

  5. Very cool project Emma. I have a ruler collection and love to use them in my work. <3 Great inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

  6. beautiful canvas Emma...I love the quirky use of the messy paintbrush...hugs kath xxx

  7. You never fail to impress and inspire Emma! Love this to bits!! Just llook at the way the boy is perched there!! Absolutely superb! Thanks for the vaseline tip. I keep smiling at his cracked pistachio socks! Have a lovely week! Nicola x

  8. Gorgeous, Emma! Love how you popped the word "art" by making it the same color as parts of the background :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. brilliant project Emma! Statement well said on this canvas!

  10. Amazing as always! Love the colors!

  11. Emma, This is an outstanding masterpiece, a real STUNNER and breathtakingly so .
    Concept, design, execution and your attention to detail is exemplary.
    Your incredible artistic/ creative talent knows no limits.

    (GMTA - the vaseline has had an airing here recently too and I share your 'straight line' OCD . lol what are we like ? ) Big big hugs for a lovely week xx

  12. Wonderfully artistic project--beautiful work!

  13. Wow... this is such a stunning design with the beautiful box and brush embellishments. Love your gorgeous design, Emma. :)

  14. Absolutely fabulous! The background is stunning as always and the rest of the elements are just awesome. Love the small 3D box on your canvas and the image of the boy! Hugs, Marzena

  15. Emma, I just love your projects! You are so tuned in to my ideas, it is amazing!

  16. This is such a unique and beautiful piece! I can see why you listed paintbrushes as one of your favorite tools because you are so skilled with them! And how fun to include an actual paintbrush on your piece. The colors are so lovely and I adore the way you've blended them so skillfully and softly. It's always a treat to see what you come up with!

  17. Oh how I love this and want! Excellent design and of course PINNED!

  18. Your inspiration for this piece--a commemoration to your favorites has all the brushes and rulers in the world blushing!

  19. Stunning piece, Emma! Love that you've used your favorite tools into your project! Love every bit of it, and also the color combo! Hugs, Sandra

  20. Wow, so creative! What a fantastic project!

  21. Love that you not only used your favourite tools but that you incorporated them into your beautiful canvas as well, love it Emma! Deb xo

  22. My dear friend your ability to create masterpiece is endless! every week is the same: you create wonderful pieces of art! love how you create the background and I adore how you arrange every detail! fab! barbara

  23. Your work is alway always just amazing


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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