Hello Everyone! I hope that you have had a wonderful week so far! Today I want to share with you a fun and colorful canvas that is full of lovely textures made by using different products from Helmar.
Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
If you know me and my art style, you know that I really have a hard time doing things just in a 'simple' way. I always want to play with things, or experiment, or work in layers. I like to see what happens 'IF'...
With this canvas I started with acrylic paint as my base and then I painted a sunset and landscape with a little more acrylic paints. I had fun inking up the sides with Adirondack Achohol Ink from Tim Holtz, Ranger. To create a contrast in the sky and the sun I used Painty FX Ink from ZIG, Kuretake and I used a heat gun to get a nice bubbly effect on the surface of my sun! The heat does wonderful things with the layers of the paint, the Helmars Decoupage and Craft Paste , and the ink. At this point I put a coat of Helmars Decoupage and Craft Paste over the canvas.
Now why do I do that? I do it because some mediums and colors act differently when I put a layer in between them and it gives me a nice effect as I build up my canvas. For instance...take a look at the yellows on the hill by the house. See how that color seems to be floating there. That is because of the Helmars Deoupage and Craft Paste that I had applied.
At this point, I put on my scientist gloves...no really, I did put on latex gloves, and took out some Ice Resin and coated the stamped dictionary page that I had stamped with my Susan K. Weckesser Inc./ Unity Stamp Co. Stamps: 'Create your Day' little house and with the word Home. Why did I use Ice Resin the paper first? Well, because when you use Ice Resin on paper, especially older paper.... it changes the look of the page. In this case, the paper went translucent. After the Ice Resin dried, I used Helmars 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to adhere the house, word, and steps to the canvas. I then used Helmars two step Crackle Medium over the house and the rest of the canvas.
To finish up the canvas, I used Tim Holtz Adirondack Achohol Ink from Ranger again. I put some onto a old cloth, and rubbed it into the cracks the the crackle had made to make an aged look. So many layers and so much fun!
Take a little time today and experiment! You can't make mistakes...only art!
Have a WONDERFUL & COLORFUL Day!
Susan K. Weckesser
Helmar DT Member