Sunday, 12 June 2011

Tim inspired Canvas from Puerto Rico

I have had 3 canvasses hanging around my desk for weeks now and then Tim posted the special project he created for the Puerto Rico convention on his blog and I just knew what I had to do! I got out his book A Compendium of Curiosities and trawled my memory banks for the techniques I have learned on 2 of Tim's conventions he has run here in South Africa! And here we have my first canvas. I am also adding this to Grungy Monday where Linda says we can show anything that uses Distress inks, well there is tons on here!

I used my full arsenal of Tim's products: Distress Ink and Distress Stain, Perfect Pearl Mists and plain Perfect Pearls powders, Color Wash, Glue n Seal, Tissue Tape, Crackle Paint, Alcohol Ink and Paint dabbers as well as masks. Oh and some Grunge board letters and blocks.

This block has crackle paint on the arrow and the background is done using pg 33 Wrinkle Free technique using distress inks.

I created this flower with the Sizzix flower die and a punch for the small center flowers. I tore pages out of an old book and die cut and punched them, then I coloured them using Distress stain, let them dry. Layered them up, added the fabric brad and crunched them together. Dragged the flowers petals across the Walnut stain pad and there you have it! The base square is as per one of Tims tags he did way back 2007 : drag your paint dabber lightly across the paper, let it dry and then ink up with distress ink.

This square had crackle paint in a THICK brushstroke and left to dry, the thicker you apply the paint, the bigger your cracks will be. I then stamped the butterfly using perfect pearls ink pad and dusted it with Sunflower sparkle which I then sprayed with water from my mini mister to set the perfect pearls powder. If you don't it will brush off later when the ink has dried.

I threw everything at it! Each block has at least one technique if not more on it and the background got a good dose of paint dabber with a mask and Color Wash Espresso on the left with Perfect Pearls Mists of Perfect Pearl on the right with the mask again.


  1. Loads of eye candy here Bella.
    How large are each of the squares on the canvas. I think I need that book of Tim's. LOL
    Thanks for sharing your great creation with us.

  2. You have put your heart and soul into this one Bella....its fabulous, sounds like you enjoyed creating it too xxx

  3. This is GORGEOUS! So many details and of course all the inks play together so nicely. My fave is the square with the key/heart/arrow. Your placement is inspiring on these squares.

  4. This is beautiful - what a fantastic idea you have given me to make using inchies blocks I have. Thanks. What sizzix die have you used for the flower please?

  5. Okay, Belinda, if you get any more talented people are going to try to bottle you and sell you for inspiration! This is AMAZING! I love your use of Distress Inks for the GM10 challenge, and this entire piece is fun and lovely and fascinating. Every little square is perfect in its own unique way. Bravo!!!


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