Category Archives: Canvas art

flowers and butterflies oh my!

hello everyone!!

today I am here to show you a quick project that I have been working on using a few of my favourite sizzix dies and finally playing with my distress crayons (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp!

so basically I used a smaller canvas which I covered in paper, both text and scrapbook paper, a thin layer of  gesso to blend it together,  matte medium and lots of distress crayons and that is what I started with.

I then started the whole process of covering  a few pieces of mixed media cardstock (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp the same matte medium and distress crayons along with some texture paste to create Eileen Hulls Heart and Soul (http://www NULL.sizzix Pansy flowers (http://www NULL.sizzix of course Tim Holtz butterfly frenzy (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp and here you have the whole thing!butterfly flurry

the back of the flowers and leaves were simply stamped using a background script stamp. I love how the texture paste added that little bit of extra to the flowers. for the Spring Leaves (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp, I used the two green distress crayons and blended them to give the variation in colour!

eileen hull flowers and leaves

when cutting out the flurry of butterflies I had cut a few out of the paper that had the texture paste… love how they turned out too!!tim holtz butterfly

by far the Limitations (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp stamp/die set is my  favourite combo yet. so much so a little funny story.. I have ‘lost’ mine a couple of time’s and reordered to have only found it again and ended up with 5 sets!! like is said.. my favourite!!

so here you have my newest little piece of art

nothing like a dream

it’s a smaller canvas so just the perfect size to hang in my studio or to set on my desk

if you have any questions please let me know!!

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Frilly and Funkie all lined up  (http://frillyandfunkie NULL.blogspot NULL.html)

Creative Carte Blanche blossoms and bookpages  (http://www NULL.creativecarteblanche NULL.html)

Simon Says Stamp  Monday Challenge- add some texture (http://www NULL.simonsaysstampblog

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – things with wings (http://www NULL.simonsaysstampblog

I sure hope you have taken some time to create lately!



color burst project

hello everyone!!

today i am here to share with you my final piece in my yoga series. this one features me!

so i decided this time that i wanted my background to be a more subtle colour with the focus being on the actual chakras. so let’s get started with the show and tell!

so i started with a  few of the ‘warm’ color burst colours onto my canvas color burst

I then made my picture I wanted to use for this piece and placed the chakras in spot. I traced the spots onto my canvas and using color burst and a paint brush painted them in place

chakras beginning

to seal these so I could put my figure and not in I used some liquid glass (http://decoart to protect them

but then I had another idea….why not make the whole background my chakra colours and so the adding of layers began!!

change of plans

i love layering my color burst and heat blasting it with my gun!!

color burst richnessnow it was time to paint on my figure using some black gesso (http://decoart

painting in me

now here is my piece set aside waiting to dry

chakra and mei then inked the edges of my piece using the black gesso and once again set it aside to dry..

the final step was to add that layer of Ice Resin to my piece. here it s finished

chakra yogi

and here they are, all hung up in my room!!


thanks for following along with me the last few months! it has meant a lot to have you come and view and play with me. don’t forget you can also find me on facebook (https://www NULL.facebook, instagram (https://www NULL.instagram and twitter (https://twitter!!



color burst canvas

hello everyone!!

words can not describe just how much fun the new color burst colors and liquid metals are!!!!

i had started a project for a floral challenge that Ken put out there for his design team but as soon as those new colours arrived in my mail slot…well let’s just say one of my treasured wooden canvas’ came out and i started playing!

this is a second in a 3 part series that i am creating for my ‘quiet’ room. you can see the first one here.

so i started out using the newest colours on a wooden 12×12 wooden panelcolor burst

i did  a bit of sprinkling

color burst sprinklesi added a bit (or a lot of water depending)  then heat blast it to set it heat blast to setthis is my first ever drip of liquid metals….Ken Oliver Liquid metalholy moly i fell in love… seriously how stunning is this one little section

the galaxy of metal

then i just kept adding, ,heating, dripping until i was happy with the background

layering of color burst

i then wanted to add the lotus flower to my piece but didn’t have a stencil large enough so out came a mask and my cutting knife and i created my own!!

tim holtz mask blanksso i cut it out and then placed it on my background and using my blending tool and some black gesso created the centre piece of my project

lotus flower stencil

i absolutely love my first ever homemade stencil and will for sure be using it again and again!!

and here is my final piece after it has had one coat of Ice Resin.

Ken Oliver floral

totally and completely in love with it!!!! let me know what you think!!


Eileen Hull Art with Heart – leather paper&transfer sheets

hello everyone! I am back to show you another piece I created for this months Design Team Challenge from Eileen Hull (http://www NULL.eileenhull

eileen Hull stitchlit flowers (http://www NULL.eileenhull

we are showcasing Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets (http://www NULL.sizzix and Inksheets which come in White (http://www NULL.sizzix, (http://www NULL.sizzix Red, (http://www NULL.sizzix  Silver, (http://www NULL.sizzix Gold (http://www NULL.sizzix and Green (http://www NULL.sizzix . To use the Inksheets you need an Inksheets Transfer Pad (http://www NULL.sizzix There is also a starter kit available HERE (http://www NULL.sizzix  leather and inkso for my project i wanted to create a piece that would be hanging in my new studio!!

so i started out by cutting my letters out of the leather paper and then placed them on the transfer pad


i then laid a sheet of the ink sheets in gold and a thinlit die on top and ran it through my vagabond ( I remembered this time to use the right platform!)
IMG_6462 absolutely LOVE how these turned out!! pretty stinkin’ cool i’d sayIMG_6464

next i repeated the same process but this time onto a grey leather paper sheet and using a mixture of flowers from Eileen’s collections and various colours of ink sheets. these little flower have so many possibilities of use from creating a 3d flower garden to a subtle background design don’t you think!IMG_6467 did these not turn out to be the coolest!! looks like a flower garden to me!IMG_6469

then it was just a matter of colouring the sheet so i used various shades of blue/green in the distress ink pad line. i also used the leather sheets to cut out this beauty of a butterflyIMG_6477

i coloured everything using my distress inks and blending tool

i sewed all three layers of leather paper together and then attached some of tim’s wooden alphabets and then used one of his new display hangers and to give it a finishing touch I cut out and embossed/foiled Eileen doily die from some paper  leathereileen Hull doilyand here you have my finished sign!

Eileen Hull Flower

my sign will hang in my studio and i simply can not wait to show all those who come visit!! opening day is coming soon!!!


Soul Protection canvas

hello everyone!

i am here today to share with you a canvas i created using the Ken Oliver (http://www NULL.kensworldinprogress Color Burst brights (http://www NULL.scrapbook NULL.html?w=color+burst) and earth tones (http://www NULL.scrapbook NULL.html?w=color+burst) and some Pegz (http://www NULL.scrapbook NULL.html)!!

close up soul protectionso this process was a lengthy one but only because i would start one idea and then get prompted to try something else and then something else until i arrived at a completed canvas. so here it goes

first i started by putting some clear gesso on my canvas and followed that with a mixture of the warm color burst colours followed by some of the cool ones

colorburst canvas 4steps

next i had added some crackle paste which had dried up but i figured i could just add some water and spread it out over my canvas…it didn’t work so i scraped it all off and love the effect below.. then it was time to decide what i wanted this canvas to say so i add a bit of paint to it and then stayed the down downey stamp using water so i could see the placement prior to actually stamping itcolorburst canvas steps5to8but in doing this i decided that it might be cool to leave just that flower colours the same and paint the rest of the canvas and that is when i realized i needed to add more color burst to the floral area.adding a stamp

but i decided that i needed to ensure the floral area stay true to colour so i use some clear embossing ink and stamped onto my canvas and quickly covered it with some Emerald Creek clear embossing powder (http://www NULL.emeraldcreek NULL.htm). then it was time to  blocked out the rest of the canvas using deco art in yesteryea (http://decoart some paintnow because i really wanted my flowers to be a focal point i then covered the flowers, stems and leaves using liquid glass (http://decoart art liquid glass

then i kind of went a little crazy with stamping and embossing a border and some butterflies using either a clear or black embossing powder.

Ken Oliver Stamps

i also added some click it ink to various places around my canvas

KO ink padsone all that was on my canvas i decided i needed to add a bit more character to the background so it was a matter of sprinkle color burst into water in various colours ad quickly heat setting and then adding more colour. at this point below i was like.. diana what have you done!!!color burst overload….but then it turned into a magical piece for me

soul protection

now how cool is that background and doesn’t it just scream mystical whimsical protection to you!! it sure did to me!!

soul protection close

i love the way my flower turned out!color burst flowerthanks for stopping by today! i hope you have been following the Ken Oliver (https://www NULL.facebook page on Facebook as well as on Ken’s web page Ken’s World in Progress   (http://www NULL.kensworldinprogress see what the rest of the design team and Ken himself has been creating!!