Last week was Teacher's Day here, and this year, I decided to experiment with canvases for my daughter's teachers. I have to say I like how they turned out.
I pasted strips of paper napkins and various lace trims onto the canvas, and used a stencil to apply modeling paste to the top corner and bottom edge, for added texture. I then applied gesso to the entire canvas and then sprayed glimmer mists in a mix of colours over the canvas.
After the canvas has dried, I added the alphas and embellishments, and applied gesso to these. I then sprayed the entire canvas again with the same glimmer mist colours. I finished off the canvas by spraying it over with a specific glimmer mist in Iridescent Gold, to give the entire piece a lovely gold shimmer.
At the back of the canvas, I pasted a little message for the teacher.
Here's another design.
And yet another in more earthy tones.
And finally, one for the male teachers - I replaced the flowers with buttons and wood embellishments instead.
Here's a collage of all the canvases - don't you just love all the pretty colours?
I gift-wrapped the canvases with black tissue paper and finished off the look with a red ribbon and matching sticker tag. :)
Canvases - Phoenix Stretched Canvas (0.75in, 6x6in)
Laces - Prima Marketing, Minton, from stash
Alphas - American Crafts - Thickers - Giftbox Chipboard Letter Stickers, Shoe Box Chipboard Letter Stickers, Typo Chipboard Letter Stickers, Cherry Patterned Chipboard Letter Stickers; Paper Market Alpha-Bites - Cookie Fudge Chipboard Stickers, Cookie Glaze Chipboard Stickers; K and Company - Black Filagree Alphabet Adhesive Chipboard
Flourishes - American Crafts - Thickers - Vera Accents Vinyl Shape Stickers
Flowers and Leaves - Prima Marketing - Vivian Eliza, Rondelle Collection (Plume), Bella Notte Collection (Vermont), Innoscence Collection, Ameruse Pastel Perle Mix, Florella Collection; Petaloo Premier - Printed Darjeeling Collection (Wild Blossoms x9 Med - Soft Grey), The Penny Lane Garden Collection (Mixed Blossoms x8 - Antique Beige, Robin Egg Blue)
Butterflies - Prima Marketing - Natural Bark Shapes Wood Embellishments
Wood Embellishments - Kaisercraft Wooden Flourishes - Hot Air Balloons; Kars - Wood Ornament Box
Buttons - Momoyo Craft
Mediums - Liquitex - Gesso, Flexible Modeling Paste; Reeves - Gesso Primer; Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist (various colours); Maya Road - Maya Mists (various colours)
Stencil - Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz Collection - Tiles
Adhesive - Beacon’s 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue