Steampunk Heart Canvas – By Lynda Hall
MATERIALS/ITEMS LIST –
Black and White Gesso
Acrylic paint sprays – Lidl
Paynes Grey DecoArt paint and Ultramarine Blue
Sweet Poppy grid stencil
I absolutely love cogs and all things steampunk so when I saw this amazing cog heart I just had to have it. It’s been lurking in my drawer for a while, but finally, with Valentines day almost here I decided it was time to make use of it and create a canvas.
I had a 12×12” bevelled edge canvas that I found in a local charity shop a while ago, and that was the perfect size to use as my base.
I wanted an industrial feel to my piece, so I added texture to my canvas using a stencil that matched my theme.
Once dry, I added a variety of other things to give texture and interest, then applied a coat of black gesso over the top.
While that was drying I set to work on my heart. I used a whole array of stuff on this- Rust It to add texture, spray paints, patina, Luscious powders and waxes. I basically just kept going until I was happy with it. I love the texture and aged look it created once done.
To colour the canvas I began with gold and silver spray paints, keeping it lighter in the centre. I highlighted the raised texture with waxes.
I needed to ensure that once the heart was mounted the eye was drawn to the centre of the canvas, so I worked on the edges of the canvas, initially using blue and green acrylic paint sprays ( cheap as chips from Lidl and brilliant!) and dabbing back.
Then I dry brushed Paynes Grey DecoArt paint, and just a touch of Ultramirine Blue around the edges. I also did some random stamping with a grungy stamp from the Studio Light Industrial range. To finish, before mounting the heart I used a grid stencil from Sweet Poppy Stencils, and some gorgeous gold texture paste (another product from Lidls and it’s absolutely brilliant!)
It’s really hard to capture in a photograph just how much this captures the light but hopefully you get the idea.
I’ll be back soon with another project to share. I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafting too.
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