Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Boho Twist


The title of this piece – Boho Twist – is partly taken from the theme of Tres Jolie’s January Mood Board challenge and partly from all of the twists and turns that my project took to completion.

I was immediately inspired by the colors and images that Kim supplied: the blues and browns and peaches make a beautiful combination and I just love the bottom images of lights and flowers and hangings. But the idea in my head was mostly a canvas with a damask type texture and a mixture of colors created by applying layers of acrylic paint.

I started by digging out several items from my stash: a round canvas, a very loved Prima stencil and a Finn Mould that I’ve used before.

I used Paper Texture Paste through the stencil to duplicate the pattern of one of the papers that were included in the January Kit.

While that was setting, I poured resin into a few of the Mould images and put it aside.

Next, I fussy cut the section that I had chosen from that patterned paper and inked the edges.

I selected a few Finn Acrylic Paints, poured a few drops of each into a palette tray and thinned them with water. As I applied these to the canvas, I used a spray bottle to water them down, using my heat tool to dry them as I went along. Next, I covered the entire canvas with watered-down white gesso to tone down the colors, again drying as I went along. One more layer of varied acrylics, one more layer of gesso and I was done.

The Mould pieces were now set. I coated them with gesso to give them “teeth” and then with watered-down Burnt Sienna acrylic paint.

I selected a chipboard piece that came in the kit and covered it with Distress Oxide ink. The resulting color wasn’t what I had in mind, so I tried applying some of the acrylic left from treating the Mould pieces. This came out much darker than I had intended, so I covered it all with gesso and dried it with the heat tool, causing it to bubble up in spots. I decided that “I meant to do that!” as it did add a little texture here and there.

I was ready to begin assembling my composition.

I glued the chipboard piece to the top of the canvas and then started to add the fussy cut piece. This was going to result in too much canvas, so I selected a few bits of ephemera, inked the edges, and glued them as a cluster to a piece of packaging. Somehow, I wasn’t satisfied, so I created one more ephemera cluster to dangle from the bottom.

I selected more ephemera pieces to layer under the flowers on the sides, inked the edges and added packaging to the bottoms to create dimension. I took one look at the chipboard piece and realized that the color was too bright. I dabbed it with more of the Oxide Ink and finally achieved the soft brown that I wanted all along.

I had planned all along to add seam binding streamers to reflect the flow of the pattern of the paper. I cut them to about 18 inches, doubled and knotted them before gluing them down. I created my last flower cluster over the knots.

I finished my project by gluing my light bulb pieces here and there and declared it “finished”.

A few closeups:





Prima – Bohemian Heart Paper Pad #664121


Prima Marketing – Bohemian Heart Collection – Ephemera #664169

Prima Marketing – Bohemian Heart Collection – Flower Embellishments – Blue Lagoon #668297

Prima Marketing – Bohemian Heart Collection – Flower Embellishments – Wild at Heart #668327

Tres Jolie – Laser Cut Chipboard – Split Mandala

My Scrap Cabin – Hand Crinkled Seam Binding – Arctic

My Scrap Cabin – Hand Crinkled Seam Binding – Mink

My Scrap Cabin – Hand Crinkled Seam Binding – Parasol


Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Paper Texture Paste #965259

Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – Heavy Gesso – White #961442

Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Liquid Acrylic Paint – Burnt Sienna #967222

Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Liquid Acrylic Paint – Carmine #967253

Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Liquid Acrylic Paint – Ultramarine #967291

Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Liquid Acrylic Paint – Deep Turquoise #967307

Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Liquid Acrylic Paint – Prussian Blue #968250

Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Liquid Acrylic Paint – Coral #968274

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Gathered Twigs #TDO56003


Prima – Finnabair – Imaginarium – Moulds – Vintage Light Bulbs #969578

Prima – Stencil – Flourish #564278


IVON – Round Canvas 8”

Alumilite – Amazing Resin


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  1. This is amazing, loads of layers and wonderful outcome.. thanks also for sharing in my F/B group x

  2. Thank you for sharing process—how you adjust/
    water down/add color to get what you want.