Thursday, October 22, 2015

Southern Girls Challenge - Stripes

The new challenge over at  Southern Girls Challenge  is Stripes.  For my project I decided to make an altered canvas.

I am trying to use up things in my stash (some call it my hoard) so I decided to recycle a canvas I had lying around and for the cardboard I recycled some empty tissue paper boxes.

I began by covering strips of card with aluminium tape and then I ran them through different embossing folders using my Cuttlebug.

I then painted each stripe with a different colour of acrylic paint.  Once the paint was dry I sanded it back on each stripe.

I painted a 6x6 canvas with black gesso and when that was dry I coloured course texture gel with black paint and covered the front of the canvas.  I then placed my striped over the top of the gel leaving a small gap between each stripe.

I really love the effect. I think it looks pretty cool.  I would be happy to leave it like this but the argument could be made that it  needs a little something....

I covered some silk flower petals and a doily with black Powertex and combined them to make a flower.  Once it was dry I dry brushed the edges of the petals with gold paint.  I glued the flower to an old Christmas ornament I had put away in case I found something to use it on.  I then die cut some circles and flourishes from recycled card covered in aluminium foil. I painted them black then dry brushed them with the same gold paint I used on the flower. I then assembled them on the canvas.

I like the way it has turned out and I hope it has given you some ideas that you can use on a project of your own.  Pop over to the blog Southern Girls Challenge and check out what the rest of the Design Team have done and enter your own project into the challenge.  Until next time, happy crafting.


  1. Stunning Ngaere. You are so clever, I love all the process you go through those embossed metal strips are amazing and look so cool coloured up. Fabulous canvas. Hugs, Wends x

  2. What a fantastic background, and the process you went through to create it makes me want to pull out my paints and give it a go!!! Gorgeous!

  3. Awesome Ngaere, you really are so clever I would never have dreamed that was how you made this masterpiece. Gorgeous xo

  4. Amazing, so creative and stunning result