to hang on the wall (or give as a gift):
(Psssst, here's the secret: at $3.50 the wooden canvas base
couldn't be a more affordable supply for making gifts!)
This is a project I made as part of The Silhouette Challenge facebook group.
The goal of the group is to make a unique Silhouette-cut project each month & link it up.
(This is my first one, so far!) :-) If you'd like to join us, simply drop Lauren a line.
Her blog is The Thinking Closet & you can reach here here via email.
Lisa, who just created a stunning collage, that she shared on her blog, here.
I've had a few of these wooden canvases around for a while &
have been wanting to share them with you, since they're so very handy!
'cradled panel' base that measures 6x6 inches & 1/5 inches deep:
Cradled panels are surprisingly light, so they are very easy to hang.
(You can just use a push pin in your wall!)
Their light weight also makes them quite affordable to ship in the mail.
& Did I already mention they are 'cheap'? (The one I used was $3.50!)
Want to know where to find them?
Since I live in BC Canada, I bought mine at Opus Art Supplies. If you're in the USA, you can find them at Dick Blick (I've never used that brand myself, but how exciting that they even have round ones!)
This is a rather simple project that makes a quick gift (it's
basically akin to sticking a handmade card on a wooden panel):
1) Cut a silhouette background shape from paper
2) Add a little paint & ink to the paper
3) Paint a wooden canvas
4) Stick the paper on the canvas & trim it
5) Add a focal image with some embellishments
- A Wooden 'cradled panel' canvas
- Paint (I used Black craft paint)
- Paper (to cut in the Silhouette Cameo)
- A cut file to create a background texture with.
- Gesso/White Paint (optional: a brayer to apply it to the cut paper)
- Distress Inks or other colour medium of your choice
- Miscellanous paper embellishments (or a focal image)
Step 1) Make an interesting background element out of cardstock. I cut a design using the Silhouette cameo... this Small Fancy Gate file from the Silhouette store. It's cut out of Neenah Solar White cardstock.
Step 2) Add texture to your cardstock, if you like.
Step 3) Paint a cradled panel (I painted mine with black craft paint). Then adhere the cardstock to the wooden panel using acrylic matte medium.
I brushed on a generous coat of matte medium. It goes on white like glue, as you can see in the photo above, but it dries clear and matte (which is just a fancy art term for not shiny!) :-)
I use a local brand Kroma (from Vancouver BC) but Golden also makes it (they list some uses for it in art, here), and I have heard amazing things about Claudine Hellmuth's multi medium (matte).
Step 4) Dab off any excess matte medium using a rag. (It washes out of the cloth nicely with a little warm water).
Step 5) After the matte medium dries, trim the excess paper off using scissors, or a hobby blade.
Step 6) Distress the edges to soften the look, if you like. (I added a tiny bit of Black Soot Distress Paint & wiped away the extra with a damp cloth).
Step 6) Add a focal image - To adhere things like this, I love Weldbond glue because it's very ecological (it's non-toxic & has the eco-logo) Plus it's also strong & cleans up with water.
I added a fair amount of Weldbond and pressed on it a little here & there, to be sure it dried flat.
The flowers on the focal image are hand-cut fabric flowers:
They were made like this:
1) ...printed a free flower template onto heavy cardstock.
2) ... added the fabric with Mod Podge (just coated the cardstock with a layer of Mod Podge & stuck fabric on it leaving the flower template printed visible on the back).
3) ...stamped on the fabric with Frost White Colorbox ink & this paisley stamp & heat embossed the ink with clear embossing powder. Distressed them, to look tea-stained, with a little Antique Linen Distress Ink & water.
4) ... Cut the flowers out & shaped them using a stylus tool (or the pointy wooden end of a paintbrush).
centers. Just dropped a blob glue in the middle of each flower...
...and then popped in the bead:
& that was that!
If you'd like some ideas for how to use your silhouette,
these projects by the Gals in the group are sure to be fun!
My Pinktastic Makeup Organizer by The House on Hillbrook
Whew that was a long one, hey? Thank You for
having a look & Happy Creating! ox