Friday, 14 June 2013

Up Up & Away Again! By Anita Houston

I'm back! Sounds a little scary, huh? The Artful Maven, Anita Houston here again, and I am thrilled to be back to show you my second installment using these amazing stamps from The Artistic Stamper!
I hope you caught a glimpse of my first project, but if not check out my Project #1, so you will see the theme I have going on here for Project #2. 
This is another 8x10 inch canvas, and I used eight stamps as well for this one. I've had so much fun making these inspirational canvases, and this is the first time I've ever made a family of canvas pieces, that would not only look well together but also apart. I really love how these stamped images can easily go together.
I began by stamping the European Map Background in Sepia Archival Ink and then heat embossing it in Ranger's Clear Powder. I also did the same with the clock that I stamped in Jet Black, and I used Snow Cap Paint Dabber to stamp the swirls. Both of these are from the Tick Tock plate.
I stamped both the Cogs Background and Small Cogs onto tissue paper using all three of the metallic Paint Dabbers.
I played around with some Dylusions Ink Sprays and came up with a nice looking rusty background for the cogs and gears using first Melted Chocolate, then Pure Sunshine, then bits of Black Marble.
I cut out some of the cogs and adhered them to the center of the sun. I stamped some of the words on the Journaling Words 2 set in Jet Black for the sentiment and heat embossed them as well. Then using a few pieces of scrap to mask off some of the canvas, I began misting with Dylusions, and my painted and embossed parts resisted the ink of course...love that!
Using silver cardstock and more metallic paint, I stamped the lightbulbs from the Inspiration Light Bulb set, the diamond border from Borders A5 #1, and the key from Time & Keys, and I cut them all out.
I added more cut out cogs to the lightbulb, some Distress Ink, and metal bits and gears.
Using the Sizzix Layered Wings Die, I die cut silver cardstock and white tissue paper for lots of layers.
When I was in London, I purchased these wonderful paperclips at Liberty of London. I colored them with Alcohol Ink to give a little foliage look.
 
 
 
 
 
I'll be back in a few weeks with the last of my canvases. Thank you for looking, and for all the wonderful comments!

26 comments:

Netty said...

I love your flying lightbulbs Anita, a truly inspirational piece of art. Annette x

Sue Butler said...

It is just gorgeous Anita, I love all the elements and stamps you have used, to make this piece pretty and interesting to the eye.
Smiles:)
Sue

Lori said...

So cool Anita! Love the way you used the lightbulb stamps!

Elly said...

This is a fantastic piece of art. There are so many layers and details i can watch for hours. What a fresh implementation of steampunk (:o)Love these fluffy layers of wings behind the lightbulbs.

Katy said...

So cool! I love the lightbulbs! And the little clips that you colored also. Very clever! :)

Astrid Maclean said...

Another great project Anita, love how you have used those lightbulbs, and the wings look fantastic, great canvas!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

I love this, Anita. I love the vibrancy and slight madness of it!

Lucy x

butterfly said...

Fabulous, funky flying lightbulbs - and foliage too! Quirky, creative and so much fun...
Alison x

Winnie said...

Love it Anita! The various textures you got with all the different products and mediums is awesome. When I spotted the key, I thought Ben Franklin would have gotten a kick out of this piece! Thanks for sharing your process, as I always learn a lot from you!

May said...

WOW...Anita I love your canvas... The flying lightbulbs are AmAzing...Fabulous layers & colours...Love it!! Hugs May x x x

isisimaginings.com said...

That's WONDERFUL. I love the lightbulbs, they look great with the wings behind them & the little paperclip ones are very cute.

Redanne said...

Loved the first one and love this one even more Anita! The flying lightbulbs are fabulous. Hugs, Anne x

Sharon Y said...

Loving these canvases and the steampunky airship/balloon theme. All the layers really bring the piece to life.

Paper Profusion said...

Another FANTABULOUS make Anita! You always manage to incorporate terrific energy to your work. This is a brilliant make. (Don't ya just love Liberty!) Nicola x

Claudine C. said...

So much awesomeness here!! I love every detail and there are so many cool elements! Way to go Anita!!!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Anita, this is simply wonderful...when ideas take flight is the title I'm giving to this joyous, free-spirited, inspirational canvas. The step out is so clear and easy to follow. I love seeing how your mind works when you are creating. The colors you managed to achieve are so vibrant and filled with light. The texture is amazing, too. Love every little delicious detail....you are just so stinkin' creative! I love you!

Sandra said...

What a fun piece! All those lightbulbs look amazing! And the background is really wonderful! Those wing behind the bulbs are so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

Chris said...

A fabulous project Anita and as always with boundless imagination! Love your theme, colours and brilliant tutorial as well. Chris :-)

toni said...

A Fab canvas, love the 'dragonfly' light bulbs and your little light bulb purchase at Liberty is a perfect embellishment. A great high flying piece x

Buttons said...

How many wonderful ideas can you cram onto one beautiful canvas! The possibilities are endless it seems. Love the little Liberty finds too. Hugs, Jenny x

Maura said...

Anita, you are one amazing woman! Love how your creativity "shines"!

Kate said...

You are quite creative. I love the light bulbs with the wings. You always floor me with your canvases.
Kate

Artyjen said...

Ooh! Fabulous. I just love those wings on the lightbulbs ;) The whole thing is gorgeous :)
xoxo Sioux

Marjie Kemper said...

What a fabulous project! Love the ideas taking flight and the little bulbs coming up from below. Fantastic!

Annie said...

Beautiful colours and amazing creativity here. Lots of inspiring touches/techniques. TFS

Annie x

Jacqui Blondel said...

These are going to look amazing grouped together. Fabulous