Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tresor Canvas

The April Mixed Media package from the Tres Jolie Kit Club included three sheets of Finnabair’s new tissue paper as well as some of her new texture pastes, along with a 4” x 12” canvas, a tube of black gesso and a large resin frame. I included part of a RAK that I won with the February Sketch Challenge and a few items from the Main Kit and came up with this…

And here’s how I put it all together…

I started by laying a sheet of the tissue paper over my canvas and playing around with it until I found the section that I wanted to use. Starting with a small section on the bottom, I applied a coat of gel medium to the canvas and then adhered the paper. I then covered the rest of my surface, a little at a time to ensure that the tissue went on smoothly.

While the edges were still moist, I gently tore the unglued paper away.

Next, I applied a thick coat of medium to all of the surfaces. Not only will this protect my project, but it will allow me to quickly wipe off any “oops” moments as I go along…
I used my heat tool to completely dry the canvas.

Using the chalk edger that came in the Main Kit, I outlined the border all around. These edgers are very “juicy”, so I let this sit for a few hours until the ink was dry.

I took out one of my favorite stencils and used Graphite texture paste to add several areas of interest to my canvas. I just love how this dries to a glittery surface…

The resin frame was adhered to the canvas with gel medium. The adhesive properties of this product are amazing…

I added a couple of bottle caps and metal flowers from my stash around the frame.
The resin butterfly (part of the RAK that I mentioned) is fairly heavy, so I used Art Glitter glue to make sure that it was secure.

There’s nothing like Art Stones to create texture. Again using gel medium, I filled the bottle caps and scattered them around the flowers and the butterfly. I added a Memory Hardware pearl to the center of the metal flower.

Before “painting” my pieces, I used a few scraps of paper to cover the surfaces near the frame.

I used an old paint brush to apply a thick coating of the Moss Texture Paste and allowed it to air dry thoroughly. (I didn’t bother with a few bare spots, knowing that they would be covered later on.)

Using the same brush, I lightly went over the entire surface with the Cool Grey Texture Paste.

Once everything was completely dry, I used a fan brush to create highlights with the Cream Texture Paste.

Meanwhile, I cut a chipboard vine into three pieces, coated both sides with the chalk edger and put it aside to dry.

Next, I used a stipple brush and my finger to apply Opal Magic wax around the sides and on top of the raised edges. I also spread the wax here and there around the edges of my canvas. Lastly, I added my vine pieces around the butterfly.

I poured a small amount of black gesso out onto my craft mat and thinned it with water. Using a fan brush, I created splats and splatters all over the surface.

To finish my project, I used gel medium to attach one of the cloches that came in the Main Kit to the center of my butterfly.  

A few closeups...


***Tres Jolie Mixed Media Kit***
Prima – Finnabair – Tissue Paper Sheet – Musica #967208 – 3 sheets
Darice – Studio 71 – Premium Traditional Canvas – 4 x 12 #30064539’
Prima – Memory Hardware – Resin Frames – Marseille Grand #992842
Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media – Gesso – Black – 2 Ounce Tube #MDM41702
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Texture Fantasy – Patina Paste – Old Walls #966034

Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Art Stones #963705
Prima – Art Ingredients – Mega Art Stones #964972
Prima – Memory Hardware – Glass Pearls #990381
Prima – Relics and Artifacts – Matte Resin Craft Blanks – Butterflies #942366
Prima – Finnabair – Vintage Trinkets – Bottle Caps #961091
Prima – Memory Hardware – La Vie Antique Cloches #990312
Blue Fern Studios – Laser Cut Chipboard – Chelsea Vines

Liquitex – Professional Matte Gel Medium
Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Chalk Fluid Edger – Tin Can #891152
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Texture Paste – Graphite #961497
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Opal Magic Wax – Vintage Silk #964283

Prima – Stencil – 6 x 6 – Flourish #564278

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Monday, April 15, 2019


The Life Stories paper collection by Mintay that came in the March Tres Jolie Kit provides the perfect opportunity to scrap this photo of my paternal grandmother that was probably taken in the mid to late 1930’s.

I just love the paper – Sheet 1 – that I’ve used for the base of my layout. The vintage colors are perfect and the details are amazing: flowers and clocks and old bulbs and rusty hinges and best of all, that wonderful doily image that makes a perfect bit of matting.
Sheet 9 is a fussy cutter’s dream, full of flowers and vintage ephemera. I chose several floral clusters, as well as a mailbox and a canning jar to use as embellishments.

I used a bit of the Prima paper to mat my photo, placing a small piece of thin chipboard between the layers to create a little dimension. After adhering this to my base, I started to add the cutout flowers in layers down the side and across the bottom. 

Next, I selected some of the beautiful blooms that came in the kit to place on top. 

Once they were glued down, I tucked in a resin coin and some of the gorgeous vintage lace that Kim included in the package.

A few more of the cutouts – a rusty mailbox on the side and a hanging jar in the top corner – were added.

 To finish my page, I selected an ephemera card to tuck under my embellishments. (And yes, that's where I got the title for my page!)


Mintay by Karola – Life Stories Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Sheet 1 #MT-LIF-01
Mintay by Karola – Life Stories Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Sheet 9 #MT-LIF-09
Prima Marketing – Pretty Pale Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Seasons of Love #848859

Prima Marketing – Zella Teal Collection – Flower Embellishments – Fearless #597115
Prima Marketing – Pretty Pale Collection –Flower Embellishments – Sand Dunes #637545
Prima Marketing – Pretty Pale Collection – Ephemera and Stickers #631826
Prima Marketing – Resin Collection – Resin Icons in Wood Box – Clock #573300
Tres Jolie – Vintage Doilies

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pads – Mini – Walnut Stain #131325

Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Paper Distresser
Ranger – Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Duncan Enterprises – Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue

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