Friday, February 3, 2012

Little House Canvas

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! 


gssfam said...

Love this house! And I have been dying to get into my kit and make some mixed media with it....was waiting til my mom left!

Dottie said...

I love the house. Home - makes me feel warm inside. Thanks!

Shan Herren said...

So very cute!!!!

Anonymous said...

So fabulous, really makes me smile. Looooove it.

Lovelore said...

This is great! I'm headed to my playroom to begin a project as you show. Thanks for sharing! It is a happy project! With Autumn in mind!