Saturday, 28 September 2013

It's Pumpkin Quirky Crafts!

 Gorgeous Owls and hanging Pumpkins

I really enjoyed doing the Quirky Crafts Challenge this week. You could say I'd had a hoot!

I had an idea in mind as soon as I'd received the images and wanted to make a canvas with those ideas.

The digi images I used on this piece were from Limited Runs stamps and I just love them.  As soon as I saw the owl on the branch, I was hooked and couldn't wait to get started.

I began by using Adirondack paint dabbers straight on to my canvas. It was already primed so I didn't need to use gesso first.  I used a baby wipe to apply the first layer of paint, then dried with a heat gun,  then applied two more layers in the same way, drying each layer in between. I wanted to add some drips to the background to make it a bit more interesting.  

So I made some biggish blobs  (very technical) of paint at the top of the canvas and sprayed water onto the paint which dilutes it and makes it run.
I had lots of fun colouring in the images. Seeing the owls come to life was great to watch.  I coloured all of the digis in with Pro Markers.

I positioned the digis on the canvas and glued them down using a matte medium as you need a strong bond when adhering things to canvas. Once the matte medium had dried, I drew around each image with a black pen, to make them pop off the page.

I never feel that a piece is finished until it has some sort of border or edge to it, so to achieve that on my canvas I used Treasure Gold. I love this product. It is a high grade gilding wax and gives you the most amazing highlights and effect.
Finally, I added a couple of charms (a moon and a bat/moth) to the canvas, just to add to the general nighttime spookiness of the pumpkin theme..!

I loved the images from Limited Runs, they were superb and fun to work with. I hope you enjoyed seeing them too...

Thanks for popping by, it would be great to hear from, so say Hi...

Happy Crafting xx


  1. This is fabulous Gemma, you also got a great comment from the sponsor on the Quirky blog.

    Cazzy x

  2. Love it Hun! Ur right the owls are gorgeous and u have coloured them beautifully! X x

  3. I must look out for this treasure gold, it looks fabulous stuff!!