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Spring Hues Canvas

Good day from June Mac in the UK.  

I have so enjoyed using gel printing in this project, Altered Pages allowed us to play with gel press for this month's projects and this canvas is the first of mine.

Items used were :

canvas board A6 Gessobrayer/roller Masks Plain thin white card Gel Press Acrylic paints Fabric and paper flowers Die cut butterflies and fancy borders,Mica marker pens


To begin I made the gel press base paper using thin white card and acrylic paints.  The first layer was a fabulous yellow then I added turquoise and blue paints over two old masks I had in my stash plus various patterns using the wrong end of a thin paint brush to draw along the brayered layer of paint.   Look around  and find all sorts of masks and shapes to use sitting right in your own kitchen!   Strainers, straws, bottle lids to name a few.  

When the paint dried, I tore the paper and adhered to the canvas board. The left side of the canvas is the gel pressed side.


The other side of the canvas I covered in various flowers and die cut borders the fancy kind which I tore up to use as texture. I stuck them all down to the canvas surface along the right side and waited for them to dry, Once dried I used Gesso over the whole right side and the same acrylic Colors over the gesso surface and left to dry again. When totally dried I added some mica paint to the textures surface for shimmer.





The butterflies are die cuts (two types of butterflies one on top of the other, Coloured with markers and stuck down last of all.




I hope you enjoyed this project and there are lots more gel presses and stencils to see at in the store now. Have a lovely week.

June




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