Live the Dream

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Jules here.  I’ve been wanting to do something special with this very favorite picture I took of my grand daughter, Leighton Kaye.  Thanks to Art Anthology, I was able to create this fun heavy card stock over canvas project.

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I used matte card stock to start.  I pulled apart some gauze and sprayed Colorations Patience randomly on the paper.

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Still spraying through the gauze in a random fashion, I added Colorations in Glorious and Guacamole.  I added some splatters in Colorations Grass for interest.  The gauze kept getting prettier and prettier as did the paper.

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Next, I used the Stencil Dottie and sprayed through it onto the upper right of the paper with Glorious.

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I flipped the stencil over and placed it sideways over lapping the first.  I used a brayer to transfer the color that was on the stencil and then sprayed it with Diamond.  Wow! LOVE how this was going so far.  The shimmer was amazing.

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I took the photo into Picasa and used the vignette tool to soften the background and then the sharpen tool to accent my grand daughter’s features.   I printed this onto a Studio 71 Canvas Pad sheet.  Photos printed onto canvas often blur so the sharpen tool really helps.  I added a bit more color with soft pencils and then sprayed the photo with ClearCote Acrylic Sealer in Matte Finish by Folk Art.  The photo has a tendency to smear and even fade if this step is not taken.

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I used a craft knife on glass to fray the edges.  The canvas sheet is much more pliable than canvas paper and produces a softer image.

I wrapped the paper project around a the canvas frame from a project I was not happy with.  I added flowers, trim, butterflies and two transparencies from my stash.

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Look at the shimmer on the paper…oh la la!  Oh, and the gauze…why I am saving that for another project, of course.

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As always, thank you for looking.

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PRODUCTS:  Art Anthology’s Colorations in Diamond, Patience, Guacamole, and Glorious.  Art Anthology’s Dottie Stencil.

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