Sunday, April 21, 2013

Collage on Canvas

I am often attacked by a dose of self-doubt. This was the case with my first attempt at making a collage. I almost canned the post, then I reckoned "how am I going to learn if I don't get some constructive feedback"?

So, here is my post and these are my gripes doubts!
 
German glass glitter - could you have been a little less messy?
Grunged paper rolls - easy on the grunge!
Little doily - Eh! what for?!
Color washed French script paper - less color, more French script please!
 


 

First I prepped the canvas with gesso;
I tore the French letters into random pieces and gave them a wash of color with my artist paint stiks. I used podge to stick them down on the canvas;
I then rolled pieces of paper left over from other projects, color washed them and podged them onto the covered canvas; I never discard left over paper:). Then I had a wild hair to grunge them up a bit and gave them an antique stain;
I printed the bird cage image on sheet music and podged it over the rolled paper;
Now this is where I went wrong with the glitter. I used a dispenser with a wide spout and could'nt get a neat edge around the image and the glitter went all over the place;


I stencilled some images here and there and I added the sheet music heart;
I used my glue gun for the lace trim and the little doily;
I grunged up the sides with burnt umber;
Then I sprayed it all over with my Artist varnish;

Then I stepped back, had a hard look and noticed the little things I did'nt like.Then I sat on this post for an entire week before I hit the 'publish' button:)

What do you think?




Free French letter printables from:Vintage Country Style used to cover the canvas.

Bird cage vintage image from: The Graphics Fairy

Eveything else: From my own stash
 



30 comments:

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    1. Oh thanks so much Jeanette! I appreciate the feedback:)

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  2. Really pretty. I made something similar once for a project. After my stained paper dried, I burned the edges slightly. I did this over a sink full of water so I could douce out the fire quickly. I was pleased with the effect. You did a great job!
    Blessings, Trisha

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    1. Oh that's a neat idea Trisha. I will remember that next time. Thanks bunches for leaving me your sweet comment!:)

      Blessings, Sumaya

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  3. I love it. I am going to do something similar for the first time and am gathering items. Thanks for the inspiration. Blessings

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    1. Good luck with your first collage. I am sure it will turn out great. Read Trisha's comment about burning the edges of the stained paper. Thanks so much for stopping by Nancy:)

      Have a great week!
      ~S

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  4. R U kidding me...???? This, my dear one, is an AWESOME first try. Heck fire...it's awesome, period. I think you did a fine job....
    I just became your new follower...:)) Come over when you can.
    over from Honeysuckle

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    1. Oh wow, just go on, and pick my chin up from the floor....ha,ha,ha. I am so, so happy to get your fab comment bj and so lucky to have you follow me. You made my day!:)

      I will come over later tonight. I am just about to leave the office!

      Thanks again bj!

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  5. I cannot do anything like this. Know nothing about how to even begin...looks amazing to me! I think you may be a little too hard on yourself. ;)
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks Cindy. I think I am guessing from all the sweet comments I received.

      Hugs back!:))
      Sumaya

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  6. Self doubt??? Well, stop that. It's just toooo cute. I love it all.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Candy

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    1. Oh, Candy. I was just being silly hey!...LOL. Thanks for stopping by:))

      Hugs
      Sumaya

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  7. I love your collage. I am never sure of myself when I make collages, but I figure I am just trying to please myself.

    Have fun creating more and more.

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    1. Love your comment Carol. Thanks so much for stopping by:))

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  8. You know what I think? That you're no different than the rest of us who create something and then have a critical eye. We all do it... well, the majority of us. I think it comes with the creative personality. I say "bravo" for stepping out of your comfort zone and going for it! And each time you do another one, you will see the beauty of different materials coming together, creating a pleasing canvas. A suggestion for the glitter... since you wanted a neater line, have you ever tried Stickles? It's a glitter glue that I've used several times and each time I have I've been pleased with the results. Thanks for being so open and honest... and again.... "Bravo!!!"

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    1. Kadee you are a star! Thanks so much for letting me know that I am quite normal...lol. I am doing 2 more collages and you are so right "Bravo" to me for stepping out of my comfort zone.

      I will try out the glitter glue:)

      Have a great weekend and hugz from Cape Town!

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  9. I think it is too pretty and you did a wonderful job. I do the same thing with whatever I'm creating. A lot of the time something I think looks awful is the one everyone else likes best. lol. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Transformed Tuesday.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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    1. Peggy, I realised from all the great comments that I did just fine...lol. Love your party and will try and link up whenever I can.

      Have a great weekend and hugz from Cape Town!

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  10. Hey sweetie, true art should not be perfect. I love the grunge, and I think the amount of color works. It would be perfect if the glitter was just where you wanted it, but I love the not so perfect look! Pinning to give it a try sometime. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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