Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rogue Redhead: A Finale!

I'm sad to say this is my last post for Rogue Redhead Designs.   I'm stepping down from the design team.  I've started the process to get my basement finished (into a "mancave with girlie parts" (or in other words a craft room to die for!!!)).  With that going on I felt I needed to step down.

Here's a little tutorial of how I created this canvas. (note: after each step I dry the canvas with my heat gun.)

I started with a 4x5 canvas, some paints, gel medium, and paper scraps.

I painted a rough background on to the canvas (and on the sides). I do this just because the paper won't reach to the edges and it keeps the edges from sticking out.

I covered the dried painted background with gel medium, layered the paper on, and added more gel medium over the paper. I use a matte finish gel medium.

Next using solvent or oil based inks randomly stamp all over. I used stamps and "found items" (shelf liner, bubble wrap, spray can lids, etc). This is an ongoing step as the layers go down. If you feel it needs more stamping...STAMP!!

I sprayed color in the corner over a mask. I should have put the stamped BEACH BABES down first, but as you can tell, in the end it didn't matter.

I stamped the BEACH BABES on scrap paper and glued down with more gel medium.

To distress the image I used India Ink pens and my finger to add color and then rub it out.

Use a gel pen to add detail to the distressed image. (and notice there was more stamping going down...)

I just bought this Inca Gold - it's a waxy color. I rubbed some along the edges and corners. Buff it with a rag.

After adding the flowers and shells (or between layers to keep them from running) spray with "Workable Fixative". This will give it a nice shine!

So here are some close ups of the final image. After I had the layer of fixative on, I decided to add the sentiment. Just goes to show can't make a mistake and more layers are always good!

Thanks so much to Shar for inviting me a year ago to join the team and allowing me to play with her great stamp sets!

(On this canvas I used Beach Babes, Floriculture, and Relish Reading)


  1. This is really beautiful. I have been tempted to try my hand at a canvas or two after seeing your posts and watching a couple of videos you suggested. I may have to see what AC Moore or Michaels has in their store this evening :) Kel

  2. This piece is so gorgeous! I am so proud to be its new owner!! Will miss you on the team terribly but can't wait to see pics of the new space.

  3. Hi Debs love the canvas and the tutorial is great, going to have a go at it.

    Have just posted your ATC on my blog and I will be running to the post box this afternoon so it should be winging it's way to you soon. I really hope you like it?

    Hugs Shirley x x