You might also remember that I wasn't too sure about it. this was my first attempt at a canvas board. The background was created with Distress Oxide inks over top of gesso. Then I felt compelled to draw the black seaweed. This sat on my shelf in my studio for quite some time, and I never did fall in love with it. SOOOO....
I PAINTED OVER IT!
I started with a fresh coat of gesso, then I added some old book pages using Dina Wakley's gel medium. Next, I added texture paste using a Waverly Inspirations stencil and added Distress Inks to achieve the look of mermaid scales on opposite corners of the canvas. That left a middle that was a bit whiter than I wanted, so I took some Distress Oxide in Cracked Pistachio, smeared it on some cling wrap, spritzed with water and laid it down the middle. From here I left it to dry overnight.
The next day when I removed the cling wrap I had this beautiful effect that looked like water. After this, I was stumped with where to take the piece, so back onto the studio shelf it went. I waited for inspiration to strike and worked on other pieces.
Inspiration struck last week when I got my order from Scrapbook.com, which contained the 6x6 turtle stencil from The Crafter's Workshop. When I took this stencil out of the package I knew it was going to be the perfect way to complete the canvas on my shelf.
I laid the stencil in the middle, giving the illusion that the turtle was swimming between two mermaids, and slathered it with texture paste.
After the texture paste was dry I went back into the Distress Inks and Distress Oxides to give him color and make him pop. The finishing touch was a bit of Art-C Acrylic paint dabbed on the turtle's shell to give a touch of sheen.