Friday, July 24, 2015

Under the sea mini canvas

Hi and welcome to my blog. While most of the country is enjoying hot summer days , it's been quite the opposite here in Newfoundland ( rain and more rain .... **sigh**)  but at least it gives me a good excuse to play along with Anything But Cute 's current challenge again!  I had so much fun creating a summery layout ( click here to see my layout) that I had to play along again.

Here is the mood board ...

I followed the beach theme a little more with my mini canvas.....
I started off with a 6x6 canvas and I created my own textured background by applying a thick coat of Prima Artbasics modeling paste....I was going for a wave effect. It looks better in RL, I promise !!
Then I used various shades of blue and green Deco paints and started painting and painting. I let it each layer dry before  lightly applying gesso to soften the blue tones. I then spritzed the entire surface with Ranger's Perfect Pearls mist in Biscotti. It adds a nice subtle glimmer effect which doesn't really show well in the photo, but trust me, it looks great!
Here's a close up....

The metal starfish and sanddollar were purchased on eBay and I just painted them and did a little distressing. I cut the seahorse out on my Cricut Explore using the Life is a Beach cartridge. I followed a tutorial on Tim Holtz's blog ( July 2014 tag) to create the crackled grunge look for my seahorse. The sand was a mixture of TH distress glitter in Pumice Stone with a bit of Stormy Sky for contrast. I used some Art basics 3D Gloss gel to adhere it to the canvas.  I hand cut my tag and stamped the base with a ledger stamp from Stampin' Up! Open Sea set ( the anchor on the tag is from this too) and the sentiment is from CTMH , oldie but still a goodie set called Treasure of the Heart. Finally, I added some flat back pearls , a bit of netting and sequins .
That's my mini canvas ... hope you enjoyed! Thanks for visiting my blog today!


  1. Candy, I love your beach scene mini canvas! Your textured background is glorious, and I could just sink my toes into that beautiful sand! Your seahorse, starfish, and sand dollar are colored to perfection, and the texture on the seahorse makes it look so realistic. Awesome job! Thank you for joining our Summer Romance challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  2. Thats so lovely, lots going on and it makes it such an interesting canvas. Cxx

  3. Amazing beach scene canvas, Candy, with awesome texture and fantastic elements! I love your sand and embellishing! Great job!
    Thank you so much for joining in our 'Summer Romance' challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Branka DT x

  4. Oh how Pretty!!!! Simply Lovely!! :)

    Scrappers Anonymous

  5. Wow Candy, you have blown me away again with your beautiful work!! This is just stunning!! Your water looks amazing and that sand...oh my, how glittery and shimmery, like a spilled box of hidden treasures!! A gorgeous underwater scene!

    It is such a pleasure to say thank you for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Summer Romance' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  6. This is beautiful love all the different texture and shades of blues. I just came upon your blog by your post on Anything but Cute . I'm from Newfoundland originally but living in Nova Scotia and love to craft . Would love for you to drop by my blog and take a peep.

  7. Oh my, this is gorgeous!!! What a fantastic under the sea scene! I love the sentiment too :
    Thank you so very kindly for joining the Summer Romance challenge I am hosting at Anything But Cute!!
    Samra DT

  8. Aaaadore seahorses and adore this little gem of a creation. It is completely amazing!
    Thank you for joining us at Anything But Cute xx