The Anatomy of a Design Team Canvas

Jan 17, 2012

This is the design team can­vas I cre­ated for the Maya Road booth 1793 at CHA-W. I thought it would be fun to share with you my thought process and why I used some of the items.

The way this works is Car­o­line sends each design team mem­ber a blank can­vas to alter any way we want. The only cri­te­ria is it must include Maya Road prod­uct, our photo and be a reflec­tion of us. Super fun is all I can say.

The first thing I did was cover the can­vas with vin­tage sheet music then aged it a bit more using ink and paint. I wanted a bit of whimsy so I painted the scal­lops all around the inside edges. Since you all know I LOVE glit­ter I had to add a lit­tle here and there on the sheet music as well as Plat­inum and Dia­mond Stick­les on the ledger paper heart scal­lops and the cher­ries and feath­ers on the hats and bird from my Anti­quated Col­lec­tion Soci­ety Lady & Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able stamp sets.

I wanted to add a few of my new stamp images since they’re some­thing I’m really proud of and thank Car­o­line tremen­dously for all her sup­port on this ven­ture. I decided to keep with the cream and black theme so stamped them using Archival Ink Jet Black onto vin­tage ledger paper. Pink Per­sim­mon will have a PDF tuto­r­ial on how I altered the stamped images this month so make sure you’re signed up for their newslet­ter.

The Maya Road prod­ucts I decided to use are the heart bot­tle cap, new pearl and sequin flower and large daisy trim. I picked the heart bot­tle cap because I LOVE Maya Road, the large daisy trim because it reminds me of vin­tage trims my grand­mother had and the pearl and sequin flower because I absolutely swoon over it.

I accented the can­vas using vin­tage shell but­tons and pearls since I use these items on just about every sin­gle thing I create.

One fun thing I’m hav­ing a blast play­ing around with is incor­po­rat­ing metal into my projects. I wanted to add dimen­sion to my can­vas and decided on chicken wire. It worked per­fectly and now I want to use it on every­thing. Since I love going to thrift stores, antique malls and flea mar­kets I decided to put my photo on an old spoon found at a flea mar­ket. I needed a way to attach it so decided to wrapp 24 gauge wire around the spoon and secured it to the chicken wire. Want­ing to soften the look a bit I stamped part of the ad from my Anti­quated Col­lec­tion Per­fumery stamp set onto a torn strip of muslin using cof­fee Archival Ink and tied it onto the spoon.

To fin­ish the can­vas I decided to add a strip of stamped cop­per tape with the words “Art Requires Courage” it is the per­fect say­ing because it does take a lot of courage to dis­play some­thing you cre­ated with all the mem­bers of the Maya Road design team. Each mem­ber is an amaz­ing artist.

And if any­one read­ing this blog post is from Som­er­set Stu­dio, I really would like to start writ­ing arti­cles for your magazine.


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  • emily pitts

    this is awe­some lisa! i love your thoughts on design­ing it, fun lit­tle touches that make it LISA.

  • kate

    Gor­geous can­vas! I love all the lit­tle things that you added. I really like the spoon!

  • Sharon

    absolutely beau­ti­ful. you are extremely tal­ented (and coura­geous!!!).
    Fin­gers crossed for Somerset

  • Angella Pear­don on Facebook

    Oh love this Lisa so much detail

  • Sheila R

    Love your can­vas… every lit­tle detail.

  • Pearl Maple

    Lisa this is gor­geous Can’t wait to see it up close at CHA in a few days time and maybe even meet you After being a fan for such a long time it will be great to admire you work on some­thing other than a flat screen

  • Wanda H

    Love the can­vas and hear­ing your thoughts!!!