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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Follow the Sun - Using Die cuts as Stencils with Mixed Media

I wanted to create a fun canvas piece full of bright colors, I thought it was time to bring out the sun for everyone still in the mist of cold weather (even in April).  Seeing bright warm colors just makes you feel happy, and that is what is project is all about - making you feel happy!!


I started out with a 8x8 Stretch Canvas from Canvas Home Basics and started to play with the wonderful Whipped Spackle from Faber-Castell and some stencils.  I used the die cut piece from Die-Namties Dies in "Fluffy Branches" and "Poinsettia Duo" and also the triangle stencil and texture cards from Faber-Castell to create the layers of texture on the project with the Whipped Spackle.  It is so light and airy that it did not weigh the canvas down one bit!!

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I used the wonderful Gelatos to add in colors the the dried layers of stencil along with some bright colors of cardstock and white flute tiles.  I just kept adding layers of texture and color until I got the effect I wanted.  I then traced all the layers of texture with the Cold Grey Artist pen with the brush nib, it was perfect for tracing around all the shapes of the texture.  This added dimension to all the texture so it did not hide in the canvas with all the colors, it made everything pop!


I then colored little pieces of ATC Journey Tangles (the sun, corners, "Follow the Sun", and squiggle line) with the Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils in various warm colors and cut them out and glued them on with the.  I also die cut out 2 more "Fluffy Branches" Die-Namites Dies in yellow cardstock from cutting out the fluffy tops and adding them under the vertical paper layers.  I also traced these with the grey pen.
 

I then coated the entire canvas with Faber-Castell Glaze to seal in the colors and papers and add a nice shine to the entire project.  I then took the Gesso and created sun rays and added highlights of white to the tops of the texture acting as a sunlight hitting them, I also added in a bit of Texture Gems in silver to the gesso areas and to trace the title "Follow the Sun".



The last little bit of pop I added was to add in some brightness with the Gelato in Margarita to the title and various places around the project, then trace the title in the Cold Grey pen.




My inspiration for the canvas came from the sketch and dare from Die-Namites Dies   
Now you can join us, details below...


A BIG THANK YOU to Tonya Gibbs for
creating this month's sketch!
Here is the rules to play along!!
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TO ENTER the Die~Namites Dies April Sketch Challenge YOU MUST:
  1. Use at least one Die~Namites Die in your creation.
  2. Use the SKETCH! It can be interpreted (loosely or exactly) as a card, layout or altered piece!
  3. Incorporate the DARE into your creation.
  4. Mention the Die~Namites Die you used in your blog post.
  5. Link back to the Die~Namites Die.
  6. You have until the last day of the month to post your creation on your blog and link up to this post.  **PLEASE add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog.*
Each participant will receive one entry into our random drawing
for each entry into the challenge.

 A random winner will be chosen from eligible participants for a
$25 Gift Certificate to Die~Namites Dies.
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Enjoy!!

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