We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Tiny Canvas, Big Flower

For some time I've had a couple of tiny canvases, complete with mini easels, and not known what to do with them.  I wanted to have another play with the Pebeo Prisme paints, and  I 've recently bought some 640gsm handmade paper from India (made from 100% recycled cotton rag).  Never seen this before, and I was intrigued; it's really thick and robust stuff.  Decided to watercolour it using Distress Inks.

I die-cut it using the Tattered Florals die (Sizzix) -my eBosser handled it like a dream.  Spritzed it again with water, and shaped it, then pooled some Prisme into the central section, and dipped the other petal edges.  This paint does take some hours to develop, so patience is important!  A few hours later I accidently put my fingernail in the central pool of paint whilst it still had some give in it, which left a nasty mark! -  not wanting to bin it, I tried heating it with my heat gun - it worked!  I only heated it for a very short time (a couple of seconds), and it smoothed out again.

Then I die-cut a swirly stem and covered with glossy accents, and  prepared a tiny canvas with a dotty stencil.

Put everything together ...

Love it!