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Monday, May 21, 2012

Lovely Moments Painter's Canvas Book

This hinged canvas book measures 7” x 5”.  Much of the paper I used came from the My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Two 6x6 paper pad.  I started by painting the canvases brown and then apply Ranger White Picket Fence Crackle Paint.  I added torn bits of paper and inked the edges of the paper and the paint.  I added lace over the paper.  The writing is a rub-on from 7 Gypsies.  I think they produce the best rub-ons.  Not just because of the designs but how well they release when you apply them and how they work so well on so many surfaces (yes I applied the rub-on over the lace).  All rub-ons are not created equal.  The large pieces in the corners are stamped paper clay.  Click here to see a tutorial on how to make embellishments 
The best part of using painter’s canvas to create a book is the niche in the back of the canvas.
Inside Left
For the inside of the book I dry brushed the wood with brown, yellow and cream paint.  Just as on the front of the book I added torn inked paper and rub-ons before adding the embellishments.  In order to be able to close the book I avoid adding bulky embellishments except in the niche.
Inside Right
On the back, I first dry brushed the canvas with brown, yellow, and cream paint before adding paper and embellishments.  The large label behind the woman is a transparency.  The designs in the upper right hand corner and in the lower left corner are rub-ons.  The bicycle is a piece of German scrap.
I typically use small nails to attach the hinges but in this case the holes in the hinges were too small for my smallest screws.   I ended up using nails which I think are long enough that it will hold.  For extra support, I glued the hinges on first before nailing them to the canvases.
I purchased the hinges several years ago.  They were made by EK Success.  They had a brand called Sticko and the line of metal embellishments were called “Architexture”.  I don’t think they produce this line anymore but you may be able to find their products on Ebay.  I don't remember were I found the handles.  I've had them for awhile as well.


bobbie said...

So lovely!!

Sonya Badgley said...

Hi Laura,
I think this is my absolute favorite that you've ever made. It is stunning in every sense of the word.
Your work is just amazing. Thank you for the detailed explanation and the tutorial.

Createology said...

Laura you have created another masterpiece. This is so intriguing with all of its details. I adore using canvas frames for exactly this purpose. Stunning...

Daniele said...

oh wow i just love this and what a wonderful idea using two canvases......stunning as always

Kathryn said...

OMG! This is THE BEST and... you're killing me, ha!! I just bought some small canvas's to do projects like this. I have a question. On the crackle paint effect, I have not had good luck getting large cracks and the color showing through the cracks. Can you please tell me what products you use and how you achieve the effect? I would really appreciate your advice.
Thanks sooooo much!

Lady Di said...

All I can say is WOW. Absolutely fantastic. Love it.

Tarnished Rose said...

Beautiful! I am in awe over your work.

Thank you telling us how well 7Gypsies rub-ons work. I would have never thought to apply a rub-on over lace.


Terri Daugherty said...

Just beautiful Laura!

Astrid Maclean said...

Gorgeous, love how all the elements have come together!! Great project!

Redanne said...

Wow, what a stunning piece of art!
Anne x

2amscrapper said...

Absolutely divine!

Anonymous said...

Your work always leaves me awe struck. Though I don't always comment, I am here often and sometimes I like to come back and look at something all over again because it was so beautiful. Have a great day.

Annette said...

Beautiful Laura, you just amaze me all the creativity and talent you have. xoxo

Dorthe said...

Oh my goodnes,Laura, this is a stunning piece- the golden colours and cream so delicate,and the papers and items are all so beautiful.You really made a masterpiece !

Anonymous said...

Very creative use of artist's canvases. Love what you've done!

Hester said...

Laura, Absolutely stunning! Love the vintage feel and look to this piece. Fantastic...it is always a wonderful event to visit your blog.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful!! I love the way you finished the inside. Such amazing detail.

Outi said...

Lovely work of art. Love it.
Hugs Outi

Victoria said...

This is such a beautiful piece. I love the colors and everything about it! I always come to your site when I need a little inspiration!:) Have a wonderful week-end!

Anonymous said...

Beyond gorgeous!!