Monday, 1 June 2015

Clarity Challenge 28 Boys, Boys, Boys

Clarity Challenge 28

 June 2015

Boys, Boys, Boys

Singing and Dancing in the Rain
Hello there and welcome again to Shelagh-land and thank you for taking the time to read my rambles and this month I do tend to, so be warned!

Here we are in what is supposed to be 'Flaming June' and in a few weeks we will have the longest day of the year. However as I write this it is flaming raining, I've already suffered a drenching three times this week, or 'drookit' as is how I described it to my mum but oh so appropriate for my Clarity Challenge submission 'Singing and Dancing in the Rain.'

However, if I may, I'm going to take you on my journey in completing my canvas as it is not at all as I planned. IT was a card!

Early on I had an idea using some stamps from the 'Sunny Shades' set, augmented with a few others. I was going to be out of the country for most of the planning and prepping time so off I went an extra suitcase in hand, filled a selection of crafty necessities - stamps, stencils, ink pads, pens, pencils, a shield-shaped die (big clue) and the rest.
Over a few weeks I managed to make both 'innie and outie' stencils in my make-shift craft room along with two types of texture paste - it's amazing what you can concoct with bicarb, PVA, Gesso and talc - and set to work experimenting.

I also continued to read Barbara's daily blog and this was where my great idea ended as I'd chosen the theme 'Route 66.' Ah well, the best laid schemes!

Now to my alternative:-

I must say it took over a week to come up with an idea as I kept thinking of things then rejecting them.
This canvas stemmed from a number of different paste products I found which contain different elements, it's just a pity that the glisten and gleam are not replicated in the photos.

·         Background: - Canvas, Theuva Clarity Card
·         White Gesso
·         Fresco Finish Paints – Little Black Dress, Baltic Blue, Southern Skies, Jade, Caribbean Sea, Honey Dew,
·         Stencil – Double Bubble – 9insx11ins
·         Texture Paste: - Windsor and Newton Black Lava Texture Paste, Glass Bead Paste, Iridescent Medium
·         Stamps: - Balloon (as seen on TV), Jazz Man, Umbrella from Remountable Clarity Characters Set, Word Chains
·         Tissue Paper
·         Inkpads: - Archival Black, Versamark Onyx Black
·         Spectrum Noir pencils – white, grey
·         Distress Marker – Broken China
·         Black Micron pen
·         Martha Stewart Glitter: - Blue, Silver
·         Mod Podge - Gloss

Method: -
1.       The canvas was coated with gesso and smoothed out with an old store card then left to dry. The large ‘Double Bubble’ stencil was placed over the top right hand corner and glass bead medium spread through with a palette knife. The stencil was washed to remove any paste residue and dried. The stencil was then placed on the lower left hand corner where the lava paste was spread over with the palette knife.
2.       At this point the canvas was left to dry overnight.

3.       Using Fresco Finish, I coated the textured canvas completely with Honey Dew, the blues were added from top right hand corner and blended diagonally, whist the Little Black Dress was added sparingly to lower left and blended upwards to blue area. Paint was removed using baby wipes to create light and shade. I also blobbed on some hand sanitizer gel to  areas between textured bubbles which also removed some paint.

4.       When dry, Iridescent Medium was added to the textured areas. At this point, I kept adding more glass bead medium over as the stencilled areas were too flat and also to areas in-between. I 'puddled' the areas with my fingers to create an uneven texture.

5.       The Jazz Man, Umbrella and two balloon images were stamped onto tissue paper using Onyx Black and then heat -set. (I tried Staz-On and Archival but the results were too patchy.) I cut out all images and coloured over the white areas on the reverse of the Jazz Man with Spectrum Noir White pencil. I also cut away the walking stick from the Jazz Man.  Two balloon strings were placed and glued on with Mod Podge before the Jazz Man and umbrella were added.

6.       I stamped the words using a compilation from Word Chains and Archival Black onto Theuva Card, scribbled lines to form borders, then coloured them using a Distress Marker Spritzer and Broken China marker. These were then Mod Podged onto the canvas.

7.       I added highlights and shading to various areas along with glitter and blue micro beads.

8.       I applied some Little Black Dress around the edges and in particular to both left hand corners but removed some with baby wipes.

 Saturday 30th May

I'm not happy with the overall appearance as my canvas needs a backing and the large card I have is too flimsy so please bear with me as I have a play in my 'alchemy' corner of the kitchen, I do have an idea. Whilst down at my mum's this week, I picked up a set of stretched canvasses so here goes.
I painted both sides with black gesso then a coat of matte Mod Podge before applying embossing paste through the Clarity Treescape stencil, having first masked off the trees.

This was then gilded first with silver gilding wax then with a number of other colours. I did NOT like it!

Sunday 31st May

Things are getting critical!

I slept on the idea but it still was not to my liking. 
However, I did like the sheen I'd achieved on the extreme border so this was masked off all round then white gesso applied several times followed by Fresco Snowflake. Once dry, another area was masked off all round to create a white border before iridescent paste mixed with Fresco Little Black Dress was applied using a spatula.
Masking tapes peeled off, canvas attached to the centre using gel medium . . . . . . .
Et voila!
My first big canvas!

This month's Clarity Challenge is 'Boys, Boys, Boys' and  I very much look forward to viewing all your submissions. Barbara's ingenuity never ceases to amaze me and this has encouraged me to look at Clarity products in other ways and judging by your clever and inventive monthly submissions you too also seek to stretch those boundaries.

 Once again, thanks for visiting, Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch and I'll do my best to answer them.



  1. Shealgh a super canvas an mount. Great step by step blog too. What a stunning impact this would make hanging. Love it.

    1. Thank you, Naomi, you are very kind and I greatly appreciate your comments. ;~}

  2. Stunning canvas I love how you have created the background and the texture. Xx

    1. Many thanks, Carol. It's kind of you to take the time to comment. The eleventh hour canvas background is not to be repeated! ;~}

  3. Oh Shelagh what a fabby canvas and a great step by step I love all the textures and thats a cool idea using the string from the balloon stamp xx

    1. Thank you, Linda. It's very kind of you and most appreciated. Must get my comments done, too. ;~]

  4. An amazing canvas Shelagh. I love how you've used the stamps to create your image. Thanks for the detailed description too, really interesting to read how you resolved your 'difficulties'. A lesson to us all!! xx

  5. Thanks, Angela - the late addition will not happen again! ;~}

  6. Very much the singing in the rain love this the xx

    1. Thanks, Julie - perhaps a bad omen though as I would defy anyone to hold up an umbrella in all the wind and rain we've had today!! Lol. ;~}

  7. Oooooh Shelagh I love this canvas. If it ever needs a new home....! The colours and textures are just fabulous. Xxx

    1. Thanks, Barbara - that's kind of you now I need to find a wall to put it on. The bead and lava pastes give the interesting texture too. ;~}

  8. This is a great piece of art Shelagh - those textures....Wow! Bet you're glad you persevered with it! It's brilliant!!
    Love your tutorial - I never thought of using tissue paper in that way, it's a fab idea and hope you don't mind if I try it :-) xxx

    1. Thank you, Mrs P. I tried stamping on a paper tissue but not too successfully and at one ply, the 'weave' was too open. Two things with the tissue paper, I ironed it first to ensure there were no folds or creases to interfere with the stamp and I found that for this particular stamp, the smoother of the two sides was preferable, although it took longer for the ink to dry. ;~}

  9. A great read and end result Shelagh. It was so interesting to see how your project evolved. I have got various acrylic mediums but have only ever used then in paintings, I can see some experimenting coming on. As Carol says, I bet you are glad you persevered. x

    1. Thanks, Lesley. Well, I've succumbed to my vanity today and put the canvas on a wall in the hallway - until I get fed up with it that is! And you are so right - I am pleased that I kept on going. Have a go and post it on your blog, please. ;~}

  10. Hiya Shelagh. So sorry I am so late in visiting, have been a tad busy lol.
    What a marvellous canvas. All that texture and sheen. You have been a busy bee. Bet it looks brilliant on your wall. Hugs xx

  11. Hiya Shelagh. So sorry I am so late in visiting, have been a tad busy lol.
    What a marvellous canvas. All that texture and sheen. You have been a busy bee. Bet it looks brilliant on your wall. Hugs xx

  12. This is a fabulous blog Shelagh. I love all of the texture you have going on. Really brilliant. Xx