Hello all! It's Peg back again with two more inspiring projects from our Get Your Game On and Head of the Class Cycling Teams! And how about Jamie's projects yesterday? Pretty cool, huh? If you missed it, be sure to go take a look! Everyone's talking about the Jamie's Crayon Collage. Amazing...
Samantha Taylor's Canvas Colorables
Hello! I so excited to share my project with you today. One of my favorite things about LYB is how amazing the embellishments are that go with a line. When I got Get Your Game On, I knew I wanted to find a way to used the fun Canvas Colorables and play with all the embellishments at the same time. I decided to make a trio of framed art for my son's bedroom wall.
If you're not someone who works a lot with canvas or altered art, have no fear: Game On Canvas Colorables are really easy to work with. I experimented a lot to find out what would work (and more importantly what wouldn't) and here's what I learned. Anything permanent (paint, paint pens, alcohol inks, mists, alcohol base markers (think Copics), even Sharpie Markers) seem to work really well. Anything not so permanent (water based inks and markers) tend not to work, as they don't dry completely or smear when touched. The plus side to using Copics is that they cover very well, give nice bright colors, and allow the original print work on the canvas to show through.
If you're looking to do the same thing with a more antiqued look, I would suggest trying to sponge or brush on alcohol inks. Paints, paint pens, and Sharpies work well, but don't allow the underlying artwork to show through. If you're not sure if an ink will work, flip the canvas over and test it out on the back side first.
I used Copic Markers to color the canvases, and then sponged on a very light shade of alcohol ink to add a bit of age to the canvases.
I especially concentrated the alcohol ink on the edges of the canvas and the figures of the players. If you're not terribly artistic when it comes to things like coloring and shading (and I'm one of those people who's not), this is still a really easy thing to do. There is a pre-printed shading on the canvases already. I just followed where the players were already shaded and enhanced it a bit.
After I colored my canvases, I layered them on an 8" x 10" piece of matching Game On paper. Then, I added embellishments (stickers, chipboard, and banners) to the paper and canvas. You can attach embellishments to the canvas really easily with a nice sticky adhesive like Glue Dots®. The artwork then went into an 8" x 10" shadowbox style frame.
I added more embellishments to the frame and glass.
I like adding embellishments to the outside and inside of a frame as a way to add extra depth and interest to the project.
Then all you need to do is find a wall to hang them on. My son is thrilled to have these for his room!
Frame - 3 - 8 x 10 shadowbox style frames
Canvases - Get Your Game On (Football, Baseball, Basketball)
Paper - Get Your Game On (Football Collage, Baseball Collage, Basketball Collage)
Accessories - Get Your Game On (Stickers Favorite Pieces (Basketball, Baseball, Football), Chipboard Shapes, Mini Banners (football)), Copic Markers, Alcohol Ink
Tools - Sponge Daubers
Wow...love these Samantha! What young sports fan wouldn't want them for his room? I think they'd also look great in a rec room, or as a gift for a special coach. Thanks so much. You can follow Samantha's blog by clicking this link!
And now for Rhonda's "Spare Me" Layout!
I love how one designer can look at a collection and create something beautiful ... and then another designer can look at the same elements and see something completely different. I think that's one of the coolest things about this hobby!
So tell me ... how many of you look at the Head of the Class collection and think "sports"? I know I didn't, but check out Rhonda's layout!
Wow. Love it! Here's Rhonda!
I absolutely loved the Head of the Class collection! The bright fun colors of the papers and classic design made this such a joy to work with!!! Thank you so very much to Little Yellow Bicycle for the honor of designing for you.
The moment I saw the fun diamond shaped pattern paper with the number "10" in the headpin position, I knew I was going to turn this collection into a bowling page! I always enjoy looking beyond the intent of a collection and try to use it in a different or unusual way.
For my project I had a series of three photos, but I didn't really want to crop them too much to compromise their composition. The solution: Create a built in flip book built on the page. It was very simple, I just stitched the left side down. I attached the bottom photo leaving a pocket to tuck in my Good Job journaling spot.
Keeping my banner theme for the page, I added a few horizontal banners into the main photo mat. I created a few custom star buttons using the papers and my Epiphany Star 25 tool. For my bowling ball and pin, I used my Cricut Expression and the Nifty Fifties cartridge. A little glossy accents on the bowling ball was the finishing touch.
Thanks for coming along with me for a little cycling tour of my Spare Me! page today!
Thanks for joining us today! You can see more of Rhonda's work by clicking on this link to her blog!
I'll be back later this evening with the winners of my Sweet Summertime giveaway (finally, right?)...and we'll be inspiring you all weekend long with more Game On and Head of the Class projects. And all next week...blog swap with the Twinery! Woot!