Tuesday 4 September 2012

Collage - Craft-Room Challenge DT

Hi, it's time for a new challenge over at the Craft-Room, we loved seeing what you created using your Charms & Pins during the last fortnight.  For this challenge, it was Esther's turn to choose the theme (check out her fantastic creations on her blog!), and she has chosen :


A fantastic prize for one lucky person, picked at random, is up for grabs- see below for full details, and also the Craft-Room Challenge blog.

Now, this theme really stumped me, I have to say, as collage is not something I generally do (and neither are canvases for that matter!).  After much consideration (and then some more!), I opted to try a sort of napkin collage on canvas, and this is the result:

The canvas was gessoed a couple of times then painted with Docrafts Acrylic paint in Linen.  I adhered a couple of torn pieces of a print of very old official letter to the canvas then started with the napkin:  the one I used was a floral one I picked up in Ikea - it has beautiful big pinky red flowers.  I split the napkin into layers and carefully tore round the edge of a couple of the flowers.  I applied Multi Matte Medium to the back of the flowers then carefully laid them over the letter pieces on the canvas, going over them again with the MMM.  I then made a wash with Gesso and water and painted this over the canvas to fade the text and flowers a little.  On the plain unprinted layers of the napkin, I stamped all of the images (except the corset advertisement) & sentiment and adhered them in the same way as the napkin flowers.  I then added a touch of Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel (I love this!) around the edges of the canvas and underneath the sentiment, some pale pink ric rac around the edge of the canvas with fabric glue, and some handmade ribbon roses (if you're wondering why all my handmade flowers are this style, it's because they are the only flowers I can make, lol!) on top of the embossing enamel, underneath the sentiment.

For the corset advertisement I used some SU text dp and brushed with a little gesso.  Once dry, I stamped the image and added some colour to it with Inktense pencils, then backed it with black cardstock to make it a little more rigid.  I then attached it to the canvas using sticky pads.  A metal scissor charm was added, to finish it off.

There are some fabulous napkin creations around, but I was really inspired by Joanna from Under A Creative Spell - she gets the most amazing results using napkins, so thank you Joanna!

All stamps used are by Indigo Blu:  from the "Sewing Mends the Soul" plate, & Harlequin stamp.

This fortnight, we are sponsored by:

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who are offering this fantastic FlitterGlu prize to one lucky random winner:

I hope you'll join in with us, and if you would like some inspiration for this challenge, pop over to the Craft-Room and check out the fantastic creations by the rest of the team - they're fabulous!

I'd like to enter my collage canvas into the following challenges:

Anything But A Card - Always Anything But A Card (use a stamp)
Ladybug Crafts - Anything Goes
Anything But A Card - Anything Goes
The Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Anything Floral/Handmade Flowers
Enjoy your week!

Maria xxxxx


craftingwithmabel said...

OOoh you've got me hooked on your blog now, this is so pretty, I love te lady in the corset (I look just like her hehe) and the scissors and well just everything, the colours the whole thing....
Wouldn't guess you don't normally do collages.
Fantastic work X

Debi said...

I think you've done an amazing job for your first collage, great use of a napkin! so pretty, Debi x

Christy said...

I LOVE the color combo ...I love everything about it actually!!! Thanks for joining us at ABAC :) :)

Zoechaos said...

Seems to me you can do anything you try brilliantly. Your napkin collage is fabulous XOXO Zoe

Jessica Griffin said...

Beautiful collage Maria!! And I love the colors, fab project!! Thanks for sharing with us at Anything But A Card!!


Julia S-W said...

What a wonderful collage for someone who doesn't normally do them! I love the vintage feel of your images and colours - they all work so perfectly together. I enjoyed reading how you constructed this - never tried the napkin technique but will have to try it now.
Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at ABAC's first challenge.

Margaret said...

Beautiful piece! Had to chuckle at the sentiment and LOVE the scissors and the fabric flowers adding texture and dimension.
Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card Challenges!!

craft-roomjulia said...

Oohhhhh Maria, love, love, love this. So much to look at, a real feast for the eyes. As always your work is so creative. Julia xxxx

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Maria who would have guessed that you don't do collages this is fabulous am totally blown away by your attention to detailing this fantastic piece of art. I love to use napkins so I really admire work containing them. Well done you !


Jean said...

I enjoy most projects with a sewing theme and this is no exception, it is a lovely piece. I love the images and the amusing sentiment.
thank you for visiting my blog, I'm glad the little chap is doing well. Jean x

Anonymous said...

An absolutely stunning stamped collage Maria. Just so perfect and bravo for taking a step outwith your comfort zone.
Your flowers are gorgeous.
Thank you for sharing with us at FSC this fortnight.

Meggymay said...

Fantastic collage,, great details. Thank you for sharing with us at FSC this time.

Ephemera said...

Hi Maria, this is a beauty, loving all your pretty collaged details, works so well togther. Thanks so much for sharing with us at FSC. XX

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Maria...this is out of this world. I simply love it. I love using napkins too (must dig mine they are very autumnal). All the elements you have used are perfect when combined! Suz xx

hazel said...

I love your collaged canvas Maria, it's fabulous.
xxx Hazel.

MJ's Kraze said...

I love the look of this canvas. The colors are nice. Thanks for joining us over at ABAC.

Vicky Hayes said...

This is just beautiful Maria! I love the line of thimbles at the bottom and all the sewing elements, and your handmade flowers are just gorgeous! I expect your little grandson is growing fast - hope you're getting plenty of cuddles! Vicky x

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Beautiful collage!! funny sentiment!!I love using napkins , too.

Deena said...

what a great collage canvas...loving the images you chose to use on it too! Thanks for joining us on our debut challenge at Anything But A Card!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Absolutely beautiful, love the colours and the images and those scissors look gorgeous
Lindsay xx