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Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Here is my completed boardbook canvas. I did this as an example for our Creative Spirits Group that will meet in September for a day-long art retreat. It's based on a project by Shona Coles that was published in Somerset Studios Workshop. It's actually 3 pieces: the boardbook, the canvas board that hangs, and the background canvas. It's titled THINGS SO CREATED.
This is the background canvas. The photo is a glossy photo, altered, as per Shona Cole's technique. All of the photos in the boardbook, and this one, are from previous Chicago Garden Shows. You can't see it here, but the edge of the canvas has strips of old text glued on.
This is the canvas board, without the book. Those black things are the velcro, which attaches the book to it. The beaded wire is how it hangs (on a nail) on the larger canvas.
And here's a glimpse inside the boardbook. Lots of gesso in here! After sanding and gessoing the book, it's painted, then gessoed again. Then you stamp in the book and gesso a THIRD time. I do like the effect. Very different for me, because I'm into BRIGHT colors.
A close-up of the corner of the canvas. Altering the photo was pretty easy to do with hot water and sandpaper and fluid acrylics. The color scheme just kind of happened. It was a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to doing another one at our retreat.


  1. Love the colors too! Romantic and interpersonal. Great project!

  2. I would be happy to bring the Nature Inspired book in September. Maybe that could be a feature of future meetings: browsing time. Sometimes, I want to see a new book that's out, not necessarily to buy it, but to at least look through it. The bookstores are not carrying all of the mixed media books like they used to. Sometimes when I see the book, I realize that it is not one I would like to purchase or maybe after looking through it, decide that it is one I'd like to purchase. I'm sure many of us have books we adore and books we wish we hadn't spent money on. Thanks for leaving a comment. I appreciate it. Can't wait to play with the canvas and board book. Gotta get my theme together. Maybe Christmas would be a good theme for this project.

  3. Oh wow! Love seeing this! Yes, better put my thinking cap on! Yikes! Looks like a lot of work!