I wanted to do something different for this canvas. I have been given the opportunity to own a lot of highly illustrated Books. The illustrations that are inside these books are just a wonderful decades worth of imagery that l can bring into this wonderful media that is Altered Art.
Apart from the main images the layers that are beneath them are just as important in the overall finished canvas. A lot of people just see the Flower.. The stamped and cut out main image but miss the wonderful textures and layers of colour and markings that have been done to make up the final piece. So if anything comes out of this project l hope that you start to see the building blocks that an artist has done to make their art piece.
This canvas contains lots of stencils, stamping,colouring buy the use of Sprays, Markers, Ink pads. All these are available form THATS CRAFTY ON LINE STORE. Below is a complete list of materials used. I know that you don't have the main imagery. You can substitute these with anything you have in your crafting arsenal.
The male figure head that's at the base is a stamped image! It doesn't look out of place from the Printed images so don't think 'Oh l cant do this as l don't have those figure's I is the last thing l want from you is to make a exact copy of this. What l would like you to do is take hints... tips.. ideas from what you have seen and then bring them into your own art pieces. You can take stamped imagery and use them. If you are not into stamping but like to build up your art materials you can use cut outs. THATS CRAFTY ON LINE STORE is not just a place for stampers and scrap-bookers. Its a place where anyone who has a crafting idea and would like to build up a collection of materials so that you take this idea to the next level.
Oxford Impressions - London Telegraph
Hot of The Press - Stitches
Kaiser Craft - Grunge Font
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Rusty Hinge - Vintage Photo - Walnut Stain [Offer on @ Thats Crafty On Line Store]
Baby Wipes - Kitchen Paper Towel
Basic Tools: Heat Gun - Sharp Craft Knife - Cutting Mat - Craft Mat - Sharp tipped Scissors - Spray Bottle of Water - Blending Tool - Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue - Acid Free Silicone Glue
Oh and a Cheap as Chips Canvas or landscape cardboard shape.
A WORD FROM ME!
Now then your looking at the list above and saying ....
'OH I CANT DO THIS LOOK AT ALL THE MATERIALS NEEDED!'
Now then l feel l have to say something at this point...
Like all the Design Team Members of T.C.O.L.S and a lot of crafters out there we have built up our crafting arsenal over many many years. I started collecting my crafting bits way back in the mid 1970's when l started on my career path as a Photographer/Graphic Designer. One tip l was given when l set out on this path was to always buy the very best quality that you can as it will last. So much so 100% of all my water brushes are now over 30 years old. Look after them and they will give you years of service and crafting memories.
So buy what you can and when you can afford things like brushes, scissors, my craft knife has been with me from those old days when a computer had not even been invented or thought about lol.
You do need to buy materials that's a given. I store my rubber/acrylic stamps in plastic containers and they are stored away from sunlight. I always clean them after l have use them, wash my brushes, clean my mats.
So buy what you can, Look after them and they will last you for as long as you look after them. However nothing lasts forever so keep that in mind. Oh and always buy from a source that you can rely upon. Thats Crafty is such a place. I have bought a lot from them and its always first class crafting goods!
LETS MAKE SOME ART!
Now then this time l didnt cover the canvas in Gesso. I took some old print outs of old papers. You can search the net there are lots of FREEBIES for this kind of thing however please respect the designers copyright if there is one. RESPECT is the key word here.
After l had laid down a layer of paper using the Matt medium when dry l took the Gesso and started to block out areas. I didn't want the back ground to take over but for it to reveal areas when viewed upon. If you have placed to much then use a bay wipe to remove or give a quick spritz of water and then use the paper towels or your brush to move the Gesso about the canvas.
When your happy a blast of hot air from your heat gun will aid in the process. Gesso will also help when it comes to laying down colour. It will keep that depth of hue and will not over taken buy what is below.
Build up layers of intrest. The Templates can make wonderful lines or use them as a mask with the Spray Inks. When you have laid down a layer of colour always get into the habit of then placing a layer of Matt Medium onto this new surface. This will fix it and it will not be affected by the next later. You can use a heat cun however l like it to air dry. Heat and Glue can cause bubbles!
While its trying move onto another part of your Altered Art Piece. Stamp out your imagery and then spend time using colour to build up a story. When your happy place into a clear plastic container so that its safe and will not get lost.
I printed out my main images and using the grey pro-markers [a always recommend that if you can Grey's are the must haves when it comes to colouring. You can do so much with them. The come in a set of 5 You have the Cool Grey's - Warm Grey's and the Ice Grey's they are completely different and its a if you can a must have to the tool box. However just get what you can afford and build up we all know that things are not cheap but Pro-markers are top quality and l have been using that brand since 1973!]
The idea when making a art piece like this is to split it up into sections. That way while one part is drying you can move onto something else, this way your not hanging around with nothing to do when you want to be involved in this project.
If you can enlarge the image [try clicking onto it.. another window should open and you will be able to have a closer look at the layers of colour. Also you can see the areas when l have used a rubber stamp and made an impression, once again after l had done this l covered it with the matt medium to protect it.
When it came to build up the picture l had to look at it and experiment with placement. This also included the stamped images that looked as if they were sewn or stitched on.
The one at the base gives the two boxers a grounding. The images on the left of the picture gives the men sitting something to ground them as if l had just put them there as if they were floating it looked odd. Thats why l always try things out before l secure them into place.
When l was happy they were secured using the matt medium and given a layer of the same.
I have to now hold my hand up and say that the male's head at the base covers up a dreadful error l tried to give the base some hand drawn decorative. Looking back l should have selected a mask/template that l have and used that however l didn't listen to my brain when it said WALK AWAY ITS PERFECT! l wanted to add and then add some more.. So what was needed was a cover up. Dont panic look through your stamps/embellishments and place something to cover it up. There is always something you can do to save a project so don't think you cant and loose faith in your abilities. You can always find a way round things.
The main images were lifted from the canvas so that they would have a shadow, l also gave them a slight curve so that this would be seen from any angle.
Taking the font stamps i stamped out a title Placed a black box around them and then cut then out. Using the distressing tool and the different foam pads l had used with the distressing ink l 'skuffed them up' then secured them into place.
The last thing l did was take some black Gesso and go round the edges of the canvas. They had become tattered and not looking nice.
There you have it a Male themed art piece that l hope when you look closely at it you may find some colours or how a template/mask has been used and you will give it a try yourself. One great thing about art like this.. the power of GESSO! it can cover up 99% of things you want it to. It comes in WHITE/BLACK and Clear. I have canvases that have been GESSO'ed 3 or 4 times as l was not happy with where l was going with that project at that moment in time.
Any questions please send me a message and l will get back to you as soon as possible.