Monday, 9 April 2018

Cattitude Canvas

Good Morning all, don't know where the weeks are going as its Monday again.

Today i am sharing a canvas ive been working on for Weeks/Months - i think its now finished, my first real attempt at lots of paint, stamps and layers of mixed media in the background.  The original idea was to use all the different quirky cat stamps ive collected lately.  Nothing like i imagined! 

10x14" Canvas, once building up the background (see below) i stamped and coloured the cats with inktense pencils as these are permanent & colour fast once water is added.  I then cut them all out.  I die cut white circles and added a little background stamping to them, i added the circles and cats to the canvas.  

I added black around the circles to help them stand out from the background.  I then die cut the title in black card and added with gel medium.  I computer printed out lots of little words associated with cats and added again with gel medium.   To finish i sealed the whole canvas. 

Just showing from different angle.

Close up of the Ginger Tom - leader of the gang😃

Just a close up of the left side

close up of the right side. 

This is the background before adding the cats.
1. I attached various shapes i found in my stash of grunge board - flowers & swirls

2. Texture paste added through a 'dots' mask & free hand

3. Coated everything in gesso and then once dry I added yellow, orange, purple & blue acrylic paint - picking up on the colours of my cats.

4.  Added tissue paper with a script pattern.  I wet around the tissue paper i wanted with a brush and water and once it has soaked in gently tore it out - the ends blend in better with the background that way instead of using scissors. 

5. Added Stamping of butterflies, alpha stamps with black paint. Then dry brushed with white to soften that layer.

6. Added tissue paper paw prints using gel medium.

7. Using the edge of a card i added black 'scratches'

8. Edged the whole canvas in black acrylic paint to frame the edge.

Items Used:
Tim Holtz crazy cat stamps
Katzelkraft Cat stamps
Paperartsy Zinski art cat stamps
Small cat stamps came free with a magazine
Stampin up 'kinda eclectic'
Alpha stamps
Tim Holtz word play bigz die & Small Alpha dies 
Circle dies
Tim Holtz grunge board shapes
Script & paw print tissue paper
Golden Texture paste
Spot/dot stencil
Pebeo acrylic paints & gesso

I think i will try a canvas with dogs on now.

2 of my nieces are coming down to spend the day with me today so im looking forward to that, they are growing fast.  

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you all have a good week. Emma

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  1. Oh WOW Emma, this is amazing. So much work. It's purrrrrrrrrfect. You must be very proud of yourself :-)

  2. What a brilliant canvas Emma, fabulous details on background and fun cats.
    Have a wonderful time with your nieces x

  3. Brilliant project Emma.....Love all the cats and bright colours...Joolsx

  4. Wow Emma your canvas is really awesome with a fantastic background of colour and paw prints I love how you have used a mixture of different cat stamps to, i love the kalzelkraft cats there hilarious.
    Hugs Babs x

  5. Greetings Emma, wow what a fabulous canvas. Your cats are just so cute.

    Hugs diane

  6. Fabulous work Emma xx

  7. Beautiful keepsake Emma, the colours in the background perfectly reflect the colours in the cats, all the details are wonderful.

  8. Beautiful work, thank for sharing

  9. Amazing much to look at.
    Whoever gets this piece of artwork is very lucky.
    Pam x

  10. Fabulous canvas Emma, love all those adorable cats and the background is perfect xx

  11. What a fabulous piece of work - just love it!

  12. Wow you have been busy that looks amazing great work Love and hugs Carole x

  13. Wow Emma! Youve made a humdinger job of this canvas. 10/10! Excellent! Love all the little details xxx

  14. So worth all the time and design effort it's fantastic, bet you're going to keep this one ... Steph x

  15. what an amazing amount of work you have put into this Fabulous the bachground..and fabulous images....Marilyn.x

  16. Perfect card for a cat lover!! Thanks for playing along with our Anything Goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! Cathy ATSM DT

  17. wow how amazing is that canvas ... you must have had fun creating it ... and I am sure you could not possibly give it away ... how did you know when to stop lol ... thank you for all the instructions ... cant wait to see the doggie one ... hope you had a fun time with your nieces ...hope you have a great week ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  18. This is amazing! I absolutely love it.

  19. Great selection of cards Emma x

  20. Your canvas looks amazing .... love it! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx

  21. WOW! I love ALL your images. Very Beautiful! I'm a cat fan ;) Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge!

    Majo - DT ♥

  22. A Fantastic piece Emma.

  23. Fantastic mixed media canvas Emma. Lots of details. Fab. Big hugs Kirsty. x

  24. OMG Emma this is STUNNING, so many reasons I love this, it screams out to my inner crazy cat lady and wants to be hugged. Love the colours and textures, brilliant canvas my friend, wish I could achieve something like this. Love the stamps as well, I must get my Tim Holtz Carzy Cats out and play with them :) Love & Hugs - Debs xxx

  25. What an amazing creation - so much work has gone into this brilliant piece of work!


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