Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A Canvas from our Retreat

During our Craft Retreat in Bright last weekend, Lyndal gave everyone a small canvas to try mixed media. I really wanted to try using Gelatos and she had a whole boxful for me to use! I applied three colours on the canvas, starting with the sides (just in case) and working my way to the front of the canvas. I used a baby wipe to work all the colours into the canvas and left it to dry. I then borrowed one of Joy's stencil and applied Impasto paste over the canvas. This was left to air dry. The background was stamped with some stamps from Joy's Darkroom Door collection. The sentiment was from Lyndal's collection, stamped on kraft card stock and inked with distress inks. The wooden butterfly was stamped with French Script using Joy's Simon Says Stamp Black Ink (this stamped very well on wood) and inked with distress inks. This was where I got up to on the last day of the retreat. I finished it off tonight by adding layers of die cuts to the butterfly with gold card (from Michelle) and vellum and a blingy heart to go with the sentiment. If you would like to see what the others made, check out Lyndal and Michelle's blogs. A big thanks to Lyndal and Joy for helping me with this little project! Imagine our delights when we found out that the second Virginia's View challenge is Stencils! I'm also linking this up to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Anything Goes challenge and Moxie Fab World's Styling with Stencil challenge.

A close up of my layered butterfly

Aussie Craft Retreat Group, Bright, Victoria (27th-30th March 2014)
Back Row: 
Teresa XanthosJenny DixDebbie PammentJoy Taylor.
Front Row: Michelle LuptonSue KohlerJenny Martin RawlingIwona Palamountain (Chupa)(in front), Lyndal HigginsAngelique Kelly and Me!
Photo courtesy of Michelle

Canvas, Vellum, Gold card stock, Neenah Desert Storm, Hero Arts large lotus pattern stencil, Gelatos, Impasto Paste, Darkroom Door Tick Tock and French Script, Dylusions Sentiment, Studio Calico wooden butterfly, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo, Simon Says Stamp black ink, MFT DieNamics butterfly die, Hemp from Hemptique and Kaisercraft sparklet.


  1. LOVE your project, Cecilia! The stenciled flower is simply lovely against the canvas! The sentiment is perfect with your design. I love that group photo of you and the Aussie girls! Looks like playing stencils is just the perfect thing to do :) Thanks for playing Virginia's View Challenge!

  2. Well I think you should consider your first Gelato project an absolute success! You blended it so beautifully into the background and it all combines together for a lovely overall piece. I like how you added some black in there just to keep it modern and grounded, yet it still soars with whimsicality. I really enjoyed seeing and reading about your adventure and am happy that you shared this wonderful canvas with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  3. what a pretty canvas Cecilia. Sound like a very fun weekend.

  4. Great canvas, Cecilia - I haven't tried gelatos but love the blended look you have created! The stencil with embossing paste looks great too!

  5. I saw this at Virginia's View Challenge Gallery and just had to comment. You've created a beautiful project, here! (And, my sister's name is Cecilia, too!) Love that shade of blue.


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