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Monday, 6 February 2012

February Art Draw - it's Luvverly!!

If I do say so myself. Not often I'm tempted to keep my giveaways and fob you off with something else but am quite pleased with the way this turned out ...... but I'll stick to the original plan, especially as I already gave you a sneak preview before I went away.

My original inspiration came from two projects in February's Craft Stamper Magazine - 'Their Hearts Connected' by Louise Crosbie (AKA Zuzu) and 'A Splash of Paint' by Trish Latimer. The minute I saw them I knew I wanted to make something similar and get very painty and inky!! I had already decided to do something romantic with hearts using my canvases - it is February after all - and originally tried a red, and then a red and purple colourway (you may remember the red canvases from waaaaaay back).

Somehow it ended up too harsh looking so I softened it with gesso, some pink and added a touch of turquoise and I like it much better.

I really like using canvases 'backwards' for the possibilities they give as a kind of shadow box and I had two hanging about waiting for a project. The only trouble was they are quite small - about 7 x 10 cms - so finding teeny tiny things to go inside was a bit of a challenge. For the main message on the front which I wanted to be clear I stamped on to tissue first and then adhered with gel medium - I always find this works really well.

I did wonder at one point if I
had over mixed my metaphors so to speak as I seemed to have some funky paint effects going on and then went all vintage with a cherub and some tiny paper roses - but I decided  the colours held it all together.

And at last a use for one of those little corked bottles!! Bought them a year ago and they have been languishing in my stash ever since. Filled it with tiny silver stars as I couldn't find any tiny hearts in my stash.

Anyhow, enough of my waffling. If you would like to enter the Art Draw then leave a comment on this post before 9.00 pm on Saturday 25th February.

International players are very welcome. It always seems a bit cheeky to say this as I am not very good at any of this technical linking stuff but I would be very happy for you to link from your own blogs  - the more the merrier.
Finally, as I have been catching up in Blogland I have noticed there are a lot of challenges out there to do with Valentine's, hearts, romance..... there's definitely something in the air. So I'm linking this project to Snazzy's Design Team Blog Challenge # 1, Love/Romance. There are prizes!!! I've also linked in to the Link Party at Cindy Adkins' blog if you would like to join in as well. It also fits the theme for a new9ish) challenge blog  that I have come across - 'art with no boundaries'


Gayle Page-Robak said...

What a terrific beautifully created. Love it! I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at
Hugs, Gayle.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh WOW, Cindy, this is fabulous!!! Thank you SO much for linking it up--You are sooo talented! (The reason you have heard of my before is because I am on June's design team!) She is wonderful. So nice to meet you!!!

SusanLotus said...

Beautiful artpiece Cindy!
And interesting to read how you did this. So much work behind it!
Have a great start of the week.

Netty said...

Loving your altered frame have given me a great idea........x

snazzyoriginal said...

Love your canvases and your take on the artists who inspired you, the colours are just wonderful - I am always inspired by Louise Crosbies work too. Delighted to have you join in with Snazzys first DT challenge. xx

georgina said...

Cindy, this is lovely!!!!just love it, luv Georginax

Sherry Edwards said...

Fabulous canvas art Cindy - love it! ... but how can you give it away - lol

annesyme said...

Brilliant Cindy, thanks for the idea of using the canvas wrong way round. One day in the far distant future I might get around to trying it out.
Anne x

Kay Griffin said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Cindy, how could you not keep it? :) x

Viv's Visuals said...

Another fab project my planty friend. But don't know how you can give it away - it's too lovely!! x

Meggymay said...

Fabulous project Cindy, so many gorgeous details.
Yvonne x

ladylindajane said...

Wow Cindy
love the project and love the site...still looking but am going to join your page ...thanks

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous work Cindy and such detail to it. TFS.
Hope your week is going well.
hugs {brenda} xox

craftimamma said...

What a fabulous project Cindy and thank you so much for entering it in the Snazzy's DT Challenge. Love the idea of using the little canvases as 'shadow boxes' and so many lovely little elements included. The colours are fab too. Good luck with the challenge.

Lesley Xx

maska said...

Yes it"s Luvverly.
The colours is wonderful.

Minxy said...

WoW Cindy, Great job, love all the elements, Thanks for playing along with the 1st Snazzy's challenge x Good luck
Minxy x

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Hello! First, it's always nice to meet another Cindy :) Second, I love your art! This is wonderful - I love the colors and all the interesting details. I'm your newest follower! (I'm another Cindy Adkins - not the one from Whimsical Musings!) Although, she's a friend of mine and fabulous, isn't she?
Hugs, Cindy

Ellis said...

This is amazing, love what you have made! =)
Thanks for joining us at Art with No Boundaries!
Hugs, Elenor

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning project Cindy and thanks so much for joining the Snazzys challenge!

Sharon said...

Oh wow Cindy this is just amazing - love all the detail & all the embellishments! Perfect for our All You need is love challenge at Art with no Boundaries!!! Thanks so much for joining the inspiration & hope to see you again soon!!

CTgirl said...

Just fabulous!! So lovely!
Thanks so much for joining us at the "All you need is Love" challenge at Art with No Boundaries.
Do visit us again!

Vicki Romaine said...

These are fabulous. Thanks for joining Art with No Bounaries.

Nicecrane Designs said...

Absolutely stunning Cindy,,,,,you are so creative,woww,,,,,,

WendyK said...

A fabulous piece of art Cindy. Love the colours and details. Hope all is well with you.

Lisa said...

Oh you always make such wonderful art Cindy. Such a pretty piece!

Hugs, Lisa Sparkle :)

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