Life’s A Beach

ARTchix Seaside Cuties sheet of images along with some Mica Flakes were included in The Altered Element DT package this month. Now I could wax lyrical and tell you how I was inspired by the Scottish summer to work on this altered canvas but the day I made this the weather was more suited for ducks lol.
On this particular sheet the images come in two sizes. For this canvas I used one of the larger images, cutting around the female as I did not want the background.
Supplies – ARTchix Seaside Cuties, Mica Flakes in Mother of Pearl, square canvas, paints (cream and copper), Distress Ink in Bundled Sage, dyed gauze (see Tutorial Part II), 3 flat back glass pebbles (or similar @ The Altered Element), found word,  sequin waste and  charcoal. Stamps – shells

Instructions – Paint canvas with cream acrylic, dry sponge copper acrylic. Use sequin waste and sponge copper acrylic through the waste, sponge some Bundled Sage ink onto the canvas . Stamp shells with copper paint . Drape dyed gauze across the canvas . Cut out image, edge with charcoal and adhere with silicone glue (use plenty of the silicone for dimension)

 . Add generous amount of mica flakes adhering with a clear drying glue . Add 3 glass pebbles, underneath one  of the pebbles add the word “beach” which was inked with Bundled Sage.
The combination of the copper paint, mica flakes and the glass pebbles results in the light catching this canvas beautifully. So that’s my little piece of summer on a canvas!

Challenge @ Crazy Amigo “Summer Holiday” – the beach would not be my ideal summer holiday destination, would rather a trip to Paris, but the canvas fits the theme at Crazy Amigo so have decided to participate in their “Summer Holiday” theme.


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucy Edmondson
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 15:41:46


    Lucy x


  2. craftytrog
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 16:02:11

    Fabulous mixed media canvas Lynne! x


  3. Jacqueline
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 17:42:48

    You are so clever with mixed media – I love the sentiment under the glass bubble – beautiful piece!


  4. alcoholinky
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 18:32:28

    ooh that looks such fun Lynne. those bubbles look quite real and I love the texture created by the muslin


  5. Cath
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 19:33:19

    Looks fab, Lynne – bet it’s a lot nicer in real life, too. Love the colours – Bundled sage is one of my faves of the moment, too – it goes well with the copper. You’re brilliant at collage 😀


  6. 2amscrapper
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 00:06:01

    I read every single detail of how you created this piece–I love the look of it–so amazing!


  7. debbiek
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 13:42:24

    I love, love, love this Lynne! Just awesome. You are soooo incredibly talented……

    – DebbieK x


  8. Cynnie
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 16:10:15

    This is wonderful!!! I love the mint gauze and the glass pieces….thanks for leaving a comment on my blog about my paper:)


  9. Sue Allan
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 21:21:11

    This is beautiful.. I love every bit of it. So imaginative… got to get me some glass blobs. The crystals really add something, are they what you refer to as mica?


  10. Christine
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 03:14:21

    Stunning! So many beautiful touches!


  11. Terry
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 03:15:32

    Wow! This is gorgeous! Those mica flakes look just like ice! I love this!


  12. michele
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 05:15:51

    all the elements here are so delicious! both beautiful to look at and inspirational for the rest of us.


  13. Lynn Stevens
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 06:08:33

    How pretty Lynne, Those mica flakes remind me of sparkles on the ocean water in the horizon. Makes me long for the sea!


  14. audrey
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 06:20:19

    Gorgeous!! Thanx for playing!!


  15. Jennie
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 06:56:46

    WOW! just gorgeous 🙂


  16. Marie
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 11:09:20

    Hi Lynne,
    what can I say? Absolutely beautiful,stunning art work. WOW!


  17. Crafty Dawn
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 15:58:26

    I love this canvas very Summer! he he

    Love Dawn xx


  18. Jack
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 15:04:19

    So many different layers, all coming together to make this such a stunning canvas. Jack xx


  19. Penny
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 20:31:07

    This is a fun piece, Lynne! I love those mica flakes – such a great texture – and the glass pebble “bubbles” are fabulous!


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