March 28, 2013

Flower Notes

Hello Everyone! 

Today I am working on a wood block with PanPastels

 Flower Notes
This canvas with an attached notepad can be a colorful accessory on a desk or displayed by a phone for messages.

Here is a little bit about how the project was put together.....


The wood block was primed with gesso and covered with book text.  Diarylide Yellow, Orange and Turquoise PanPastels were added to the surface with Sofft Art Sponges.  A fixative was sprayed over the pastels and then a gloss varnish was brushed across the block.  

Modeling paste was spread across a basket weave stencil along the left side.  When the modeling paste was dry, a watered down solution of olive green acrylic paint was brushed across the design.  After a second drying period, Permanent Green PanPastel highlights and swatches of white acrylic paint were added.    

Flowers punched from heavy white cardstock were colored using a Sofft Knife & Covers in Skyblue, Turquoise, Orange and Violet Extra Dark PanPastels.  Once again a fixative was sprayed over the PanPastels.  The flowers were accented with doodling and sealed with gloss varnish.  Additional highlights were added with a Skyblue Stamper’s Big Brush Pen.

Jumbo silver brads painted with Ultramarine StazOn made fun dimensional flower centers.  

To increase the depth of color, the flowers were traced with a Phthalo Blue PITT Artist Pen with surrounding blends of Scarlet Red and May Green added with Stamper's Big Brush Pens.

The thickness of a wood block offers great designing opportunities to wrap art around the edges.  

I made my own note pad so I could customize the size to fit the project.  TIP/HINT:  Note pads attached with poster putty allows the pads to be easily replenished.  If the note pad is not replaced, the putty can be removed and the canvas can be used as decorative piece of wall art or as a display base for a photograph.

You can enjoy more creative inspiration using PanPastels on their website "here" and their Mixed Media Studio on Facebook "here".

Wishing you a colorful day,

PanPastels(Colorfin): Diarylide Yellow (250.5), Orange (280.5), Violet Extra Dark (470.1), Phthalo Blue (560.8), Turquoise (580.5), Permanent Green (640.5), Sofft Art Sponges
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Ultramarine StazOn
Faber-Castell: PITT Artist Pen (Phthalo Blue 110), Stamper’s Big Brush Pen (Scarlet Red 118, May Green 170, Skyblue 146)
Making Memories: Jumbo Brads (Silver)
Paper Shapers: Retro Flower (PSPWP06)
Sakura: Black Micron Pen
The Crafters Workshop: Mini Basket Weave Stencil
Other: Modeling Paste, Mod Podge, Fixative, Gesso, Gloss Varnish, Mat Gel, Acrylic Paint (White, Olive Green, Permanent Red)

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