Monday, 19 August 2013

Reach for the stars

Hello, and welcome to the blog party for the re-launch of Clare Curd Crafts DT I know there is a lot of really inspirational stuff to be shared with you today so don't forget to check out the blog and those of our DT members as the day goes on. 

I did wonder what to share for my first DT piece and more importantly I wanted it to be something great with it being the blog party and shop re-launch. I love mixed media and anything that involves me getting messy with paint and inks and so that gave me the starting point for my small canvas hanging.

I used a 5x7 inch pre primed canvas board as my base, but you can use whatever you want, a deep edge canvas, chipboard or an art journal. If your surface isn’t already primed then give it a coat of Gesso so you have a good base to apply your colours to.

~ For the first layer of colour, I used black and white acrylic paint and dry brushed them on, blending a little as I did.


~ Then I took Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray and added it in a couple of areas, allowing it to drip, and in others just a light spray.


~ Now select a whole bunch of stamps and just get some texture on your background, make sure you use a permanent ink. A great set of stamps for texture is this Tim Holtz Stamp Set


 ~Now we want some definition in the background, I used the stars from the Crafty Expressions EXPLORE set.



~Next step is getting some raised texture onto our piece. I mixed some texture paste with black acrylic paint and applied it around the edges of my canvas but you could use UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) if you prefer.


~ Now we need to get some colour onto the piece. I used a very wet solution of red acrylic paint and dripped it in the position I wanted then blew the paint to get it to spread across the canvas.

~Next step is to get more interest onto the canvas. I added more stamps, splats of red paint, sprinkled on and melted some silver UTEE, and some white rub ons (from my stash)

~ Now onto the embellishment. I used a chipboard star I had in my stash, coated it in UTEE and while it was still hot I stamped into the UTEE. I then rubbed over it with a permanent black ink pad to age it. I then backed the star with some paper from the Well Travelled 6x6 paper pad.

~Next I altered some chipboard letters from my stash, printed out my chosen phrase and after deciding on the placement attached everything to the canvas.


~next add final details using the Inkssentials White Pen. I also used a black permanent marker to outline my words. Also add a small UTEE coated star to a piece of acetate and hang it behind the last letter S. I then  added eyelets to thread a piece of wire through to hang the canvas by.


I do hope you liked this project and it would be great if you do decide to have a go at a mixed media hanging that you send me a message with a link to your creation.

Items used from Clare Curd Crafts





  1. This is fabulous, love the design and the step by step of how yu put it together.

    Sylv xx

  2. Fantastic project, Debs and a fabulous step by step account xxx

  3. This is fabulous! Love the stamps you have used.

    Linda xxx

  4. Wow fab canvas & a great tutorial xxx

  5. So full of lovely texture an I like the way the letters are slightly off the canvas.


  6. What a fabulous project and so many different techniques, thanks for sharing