It's no secret that I'm a big fan of altered, mixed media, off-the-page projects!
I wanted to make a little canvas as a gift for a friend of mine, so I pulled out the Charm School kit (there are a few left!) and went to work. This is my finished product, but read below for a step by step tutorial!
I started by covering my canvas with some of the text patterned paper from the kit. I pinked the edge. I'm fairly generous with mod podge underneath and on top.
I cut a strip for some grass.
And then another.
To make the house, I cut an asymmetrical rectangle from some of the Hambly paper. I glued it on but made sure it had a little texture/wrinkles.
It needed a cute, red striped roof.
To embellish the grass, I poked a hole through the paper and the canvas.
Then I threaded through one of the wire stems from the adorable little
Melissa Frances flowers in the kit.
I just added a little paper leaf on top to finish it.
I added several of these, plus some fussy cut flowers from patterned paper.
A door was added to the house.
And then windows, with a piece of border sticker trimmed for window treatments. I also added a heart cut from paper to the front of the door.
Then, to add paint, I used a variety of methods:
bubble wrap stamping for clouds
A little direct-to-paper painting on the patterned paper to blend it a bit more:
some wood block stamping (with paint):
some acrylic stamping (with distress inks):
some painting with mists (on the grass):
and on the house:
Then I used an art marker to define & blend all the edges:
A few rub ons add some fun little details:
I rubbed a little brown ink around all the edges and am finished!
This was such a fun project- it makes me happy,
and will hopefully be a fun surprise for my friend as well!