Friday, July 13, 2012

The New Venture with Helmar and Faber Castell - Canvas

This week Helmar is partnering with Faber-Castell and what a fantastic journey it has been playing with both products! I was not sure where I was going with this canvas, but I certainly enjoyed the journey of 'exploration' of Faber-Castell - the beautiful product ranges and the glorious colour ranges.
My background was created using Texture Paste, Gesso and The Crafters Workshop template called 'Mini Halequin'.  Each diamond was coloured using a variety of products from Faber-Castell, including the Mixed Media Sets in Blue, Green and Red. A time consuming process, but one well worth the effort!  A light brush with a wet paintbrush brings the product to 'water colour' consistency, and highlights the colours perfectly.  To set the background, a light spray with Helmar's Crystal Kote 'Fixative'. I am not a bright person, so I toned the colours down by spraying lightly with Taupe Glimmer Mist.
The boxboard frame was coloured using the Aquarelle Water Colour Pencils from the 'Blue' Mixed Media Set.  I applied a light wash of water from the brush that came in the set, gently giving the colour a variegated appearance - then a light spray of  Helmar's Crystal Kote 'Fixative to set the colour.  This particular set also comes with a Stamper's Big Brush Pen and a decorative stamp, which I applied to the frame in a haphazard manner. A little 'Walnut' Distress Ink was applied to the frame, particularly around the edges to mute the colours somewhat. When fully dry, another light coat of Helmar's Crystal Kote Fixative was applied to seal with colours.

The frame was adhered to the canvas using Liquid Scrap Dots and left to dry fully.
The flowers are from Prima, and each was coloured with Gesso previous to adding any colour - this was a feat on its own, as the main larger flower was pink!  I left these dry completely overnight, and coloured using the PITT Pastel Pencils and various pencils from the Mixed Media Sets, using water as a medium to 'paint'.  To do this, I actually used the shiny side of the packaging and scribbled heavily, applied the water from the brush to create my own paint.

Each of the die-cuts was coloured lightly using the water colour pencils from the Green Mixed Media Set, and the butterflies from the Blue.  The vintage image was coloured using the PITT Pastel Pencils from the Red/Yellow Set.
The fabric beneath the flowers was adhered using the Decoupage and Craft Paste.  Flowers and butterflies were applied for a 3D affect using Liquid Scrap Dots, and all foliage was affixed using either 450 Quick Dry or Premium Craft Glue.

The whole project was sprayed with Helmar's Crystal Kote Fixative to complete.

.....AND, don't forget the Helmar Challenge for July, to be in the running for a great prize pack!

 This one will be a fun one....Open to interpretation- all you have to do is find something within the image which inspires you with your choice of project.....maybe its the fonts used, or the colours, maybe its the title or the topic, maybe its the design which gets you thinking about something creative.....just let the image speak to you and see what happens!
Just load your completed project to the Helmar Facebook page and tag it with your details before the end of the month, (Be sure to tell us what Helmar glue featured predominately in your creation) for your chance to win a fabulous Helmar goodie pack! "You gotta be in it to win it" get creating!!!!

Till next time...
Helmar: Liquid Scrap Dots, 450 Quick Dry, Premium Craft Glu , Decoupage and Craft Paste, Crystal Kote Fixative.
Faber-Castell: Mixed Media Sets in Blue, Green and Red, PITT Pastel Pencils Red/Yellow.
The Crafters Workshop 'Mini Harlequin'
Martha Stewart Leaf Punch
Prima Marketing Flowers: Laraine 'Pearl White' and Love Letter Rose Quartz
Meg's Garden Boxboard Frame
Glimmer Mist 'Taupe'
Distress Ink 'Walnut'
Dies: Die-Namics 'Vintage Flourish' and 'Leafy Flourish'.  Spellbinders 'Foliage'.
Gesso and Texture Paste
Vintage Image


Christina C. said...

Excuse me while I lift my jaw off the floor! This is a spectacular work of art.....oh my goodness, that background is truly phenomenal!!! I love everything about this beauty...simply breathtaking!

Carole said...

Hi sweet friend, so lovely to see you and thanks for all the wonderful comments ...

Sandie I love everything about this project. The flowers are awesome and I really like the butterflies. I've never tried texture paste so I will have to and I'm just playing around with Faber Castell Gelatos on some canvas. This too is new to me.

Wonderful as always Sandie. Hugs... Carole xox

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Sandie, this is soooo gorgeous! I'm a great fan of texture and t paste, love what you have done with this piece! You lucky girl, getting to play with all those Faber Castell products!! I really, really like the look of those mixed media sets, they look fab! (I just checked the links:o))

Astrid Maclean said...

I tried to leave you a comment earlier but for some reason it did not come through....
This is a gorgeous piece!! I love the textured background, I'm a great fan of t. paste and this is just beautiful, love the way you have coloured it also!

You lucky girl getting to play with those Faber Castell goodies! Those mixed media sets look yummy!!

Adriana B said...

so so gorgeous Sandie, love what you have created here, such a stunning piece of alter artwork :)

Vicky Pedlow said...

Sandie, this is a beautiful piece of work. I just LOVE how you have coloured the background using the mini harlequin template.

Lean said...

Stunning work love it!
byebye happy weekend!

Elaine said...

Sandie how beautiful , I adore this frame and the teal colour is delightful Well done Hugs Elaine

Vicky Alberto said...

oh this is so wonderful!

Eila Sandberg said...

Totally chiming in with all the other ladies, this really is so WONDERFUL! amazing work sweetie! xoxo