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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