Thursday, 3 March 2016

Spring Is In The Air - reverse canvas

Hi, friends! 
It's March already and it's time for our new challenge at Stamps and Stencils challenge blog! 
Our hostess for this month's challenge is Rachel who has chosen the theme
'Spring is in the Air'!
Here is how she describes her challenge theme:
 I want you to think about what the coming of spring means to you? Is it a colour burst, or maybe flowers? Whatever it is I would like you to show
us in a mixed media piece including stamping or stencilling or both! Looking forward to seeing what
you come up with!

I like the springtime when birds are coming back to build up their nests and I was inspired to create my vintage reverse canvas. 




I started with gesso and my acrylic paints in brown tones to cover up all the edges. Then I applied my Golden crackle paste onto the edges and when it was dry I used my Distress stains in several different brown tones to achieve a kind of a weathered look to it. 


For the inside of my reverse canvas I used a piece of scrap paper with birds and eggs from my stash. I added some doodling and stamping and used my bees wax with a heat gun on top of the paper. You can see how smooth that paper is. I love chicken wire so I attached it on top of my paper. 


That Robin's nest I created out of a small Easter decoration I had in my stash. I cut the nest in half and painted it in brown using my paints and sprays. I also found some wooden eggs and painted them with my Americana paint and added some splatters with my brown paint. I put some moss and a piece of cheese cloth previously treated with my Distress stain spray. That bird is from Tim Holtz Idealogy set and I added some feathers behind the nest. 


I created that 'broken piece of glass' out of an acetate using Tim's faux cracked glass technique. Some more moss and cheese cloth were added to the corner. Then I picked up some twigs in my yard and attached them to my canvas. 


I used my Distress stains, distress inks and glimmer mists to colour my chipboard elements. I cut out that small butterfly out of some scrap paper and attached it onto the chicken wire. Those paper rolls I created using some distressed paper, my Finnabair stamp and a piece of thread. 
I also added some more cheese cloth pieces, a dried flower and a Tim's word sticker. 


I hope I have inspired you to create a wonderful mixed media project for our Spring is in the Air challenge at Stamps and Stencils! 
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Have a great crafty day! 
Hugs!
Branka x

Challenges:
Our Creative Corner - The Return of the Challenge - September 2013 - Forgotten Things - I had those chipboard flourish embellishments for a long time and it was the first time I used it since I forgot I had them
The Artistic Stamper - Springtime - paper rolls are stamped



36 comments:

  1. What a beautiful Spring canvas, it is so full of movement and I love the colours. Thanks for joining the March challenge at Our Creative Corner. Jan x

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  2. So much detail in this truly beautiful piece Branka, from the tiny scrolls and perfect coloured feathers to the oh so pretty eggs in the nest and that faux cracked glass....delightful!! Ruth xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Ruth! I am glad you like it! Hugs! xxx

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  3. Holy freaking amazing Branka!! I've just been transported to a wonderful place full of all the sights and sounds that make nature so magical!! I just love your little nest of eggs with Mama bird swooping in to check on them, and the pops of aqua amid all the neutrals totally grab the eye!! So many amazing elements and textures, what a stunning inside out canvas project my friend! hugs :)

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    1. Thank you so much, my dear! You made my day, as usual! Hugs! x

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    2. Oopsie. Sorry dear Branka, I forgot to thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Layer It Up' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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  4. This is the art of spring! When I saw the twigs, I wondered if you found them in your yard, and then as I was reading your post I just smiled...cause I was right :)
    Nicely done my dear!!!
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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    1. Thanks so much, my friend! There is no any Michaels stores here but I have my yard full of wonderful embellishments haha :) Hugs! x

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  5. Give me more, give me more, it was love at first sight! B, this is what Spring looks like to me! Ahhhh, the clean air, the birds in the trees, and the twigs waiting to be picked up and used in our mixed media art! Hehe! So many elements to your reversed canvas. I am ogling everything! Those eggs look like the real deal and love the splatters, an of course the chicken wire! Fantabulous, absolutely fantabulous dearie! Hugz to you muffin! ~Nikk

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    1. Haha! I was ogling so much I forgot how to spell my own name! Lol!

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    2. Awww, thank you so much, my lovelie! Lots of love to you! xoxo

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  6. Fabulous reverse canvas now a shadow box canvas. Love the nature theme with all the bits and pieces that you have either created or recycled. The chicken wire and cheesecloth and such fun additions to this collage.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  7. Beautiful project Branka, is just shouts Spring is here ! Sue C x

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  8. I absolutely adore this branka - its stunningly gorgeous and so perfect for the theme - hugs Rachel x

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  9. Wow, wow, wow Branka, this is a stunning reverse canvas! Those little eggs look so realistic and I love all the fibres you added - a truly beautiful way to celebrate all things Spring! Hugs, Anne xx

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  10. Wow Branka, what a glorious reverse canvas with beautiful details and your little nest I LOVE.
    Julie x

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  11. That's an adorable piece - a wonderful assemblage Branka!
    Thank you very much for joining Art Journal Journey with it!
    I wish you a happy weekend!
    oxo
    Susi

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  12. Oh wow! This really is an amazing view of Springtime in the woods! I love watching the birds flying to make their nests with beaks full of twigs and grasses and this evokes all those thoughts of the anticipation of seeing baby birds too! So pleased you joined in at AJJ! Chrisx

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  13. This is so beautiful. Lovely design and colour. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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  14. Wooo ! this is a stunning canvas ! thank you so much for sharing it with us at The Artistic Stamper
    WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

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  15. What a gorgeous mixed media piece! love all the layers and colors...it really says Spring (and 'into the Woods!')

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  16. You created such a lovely vignette with so many delightful elements and beautiful layering. I especially love the chicken wire in the background and the sweet little nest filled with eggs. The whole piece has a really warm, homespun feel that is very appealing. Thanks for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie "Layer it Up" challenge!

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  17. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS - LOVE LOVE LOVE Branka. Wow. I so adore reverse canvas projects and yours is just the epitome of spring. GORGEOUS. You are so right - spring is a blessing. My favorite parts are the chicken wire and the lovely feathers. But it's all just so INTERESTING and PRECIOUS. We have 50 bluebird houses on the ranch and they have already started to return to them!!! So that makes your project even more special to see!! XX j.

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  18. So much different materials and you composed a great artwork with them. I like the blue feather and eggs. Great!
    Greetings
    Sabine

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  19. This is beautiful, love the little nest and all the textures.

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  20. Branka, This is beautiful!! I love your work!!

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  21. Beautiful canvas. Love all of the details. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Judy DT

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  22. Goodness me what a beautiful project, so many lovely details and techniques! Thanks so much for joining us at We Love 2 Create this time
    Claire xx

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  23. This is totally fabulous, Branka! Such an honor to work alongside of you. Sorry for the delay, computer problems wreaking havoc! Hugs, Autumn

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  24. Just gorgeous! I love all the textures and especially the crackled glass. So much to see!

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  25. And thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner!

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  26. Oh, dear! How did I miss this beautiful reverse canvas???? Branka, this is a lovely springtime work of art with so many inspiring details! You are the best for mixing in found things and making them look completely at home. I am loving your cracked glass! What a wonderful detail! Big hugs!

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