My project is a reversed canvas, measuring 20 x 25 cm. The inside, has been worked onto a separate piece of board, as in this instance it was much easier to stencil onto a flat surface than to try and manipulate the stencils inside the frame.
I used Andy Skinner's 'mega crackle' technique as a foundation, and stenciled the frosty branches on top using crackle paste. I loved the effect this produced and felt a little hesitant about covering it up. However, as Brenda taught us, layering is all about 'covering over, in order to reveal'.
Here, I'm trialing the panel inside the canvas. You can also see the layers of fabric and lace, I used to add texture to the frame. I then gathered together a small pile of embellishments, consisting of Tando chip board snowflakes, metal flowers and glass 'stones'. I painted these with white gesso, before attaching them with a hot glue gun.
The next part was a little scary, as it obliterated all my lovely crackling. I sprayed the surface with patches of Glimmer Mist, a la Finnabair and with Brenda's words ringing in my ears, 'cover to reveal.......cover to reveal....' I proceeded to dry brush the surface with white gesso. This has an amazing effect.....
With each layer of dry brushing, the crackles and texture started to reappear. It's important to dry the canvas between each layer of brushing. It can be a slow process but it really is worth taking that extra bit of time, as every tiny bit of texture comes to life. Once I'd achieved the shade I wanted, I added a sprinkling of glitter, a few gems and a metal, die cut, crown for my frosty angel.
A little typed label in the bottom corner, was my final addition to this project. It was great fun to put into practice some of the techniques I have learned this year. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of those designers, who put in a great deal of time and energy and generously share their techniques and ideas with us all. It has been an absolute pleasure to be an AVJ guest. May I thank the whole team, for another great year of fabulous challenges and inspiration. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with next year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone! x