Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Use for Old Stash! VIDEO TUTORIAL {Shimmerz Paints and Dusty Attic}


Hello my dear friends! Do you ever look at your pile of old stash that you've had building up over the years and think, what will I ever do with this item?  Years ago when I first started out scrapping I had bought some LARGE Prima blooms, I think I might have used one or two of them on a page but these blooms are seriously BIG, lol.  I finally found a fun way to use them!  I had been browsing around on Pinterest and saw this artist from Singapore named Grace Ciao who does her artwork with real live fresh flowers.  I thought her artwork is really beautiful but thought it's sad that the blooms will die (I think she takes photos of her work and uses those).  Anyway, it got me to thinking that it would be fun to use those old fabric petals that I had in my stash from those many years ago to create a fun mixed media style canvas.  (You can use any fabric or paper flower petals for this project, I was just happy to find a good use for my old stash! :)


I was also looking to use this months (February's) Inspiration Board from Dusty Attic....so I gathered together a few of my favorite Dusty Attic chipboard pieces and colors from this palette from my Shimmerz Paints, and got to working.  Here is a step by step Video Tutorial I put together on how I made this project...enjoy!



This project was a lot of fun to create!  I began by quickly drawing up a figure, which I then traced out onto a piece of neutral color paper.  Here is a copy of my figure, just right click on the photo and 'save image as' to your computer, then print out for your own use...


Here are a couple close up shots of the canvas. ...


I used Tombow adhesive to apply the petals to my project but on hindsight think I would use a different fabric/craft glue (like Aleene's) for this next time....I feel like the Tombow seeped through the fabric of my petals and left a bit of a subtle stain. (I will definitely be trying this out again! :)


Here is a list of the basic products I used to make this canvas:

Dusty Attic Chipboard:
~ Corner Flourish #3
~ Elegant Flourish #3
~ Feathers
~ Bookman ABC Set


Shimmerz Paint Products:

- Tuscan Sun Spritz
- Treasured Hymn Spritz
- Pumped up Purple Coloringz
- Razzle Dazzle Berry Vibez
- Don't Be Suede Vibez
- Have a Grape Day Texturez
- Marooned Over Miami Texturez
- Coral Me Crazy Dazzlerz
- Ruby Lost Her Slippers Inklingz
- Miner Miner 49er Inklingz
NOTE:  Be sure to get a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz product (in the color of your choice) with your next Shimmerz order by mentioning my name in the Instructions to Merchant part of your order!

You can now shop for Dusty Attic Chipboard directly from their online store (open to both wholesale and retail), here  Dusty Attic Website
You can also find Dusty Attic in the USA at these two fine online shops....

If you would like to play along in this months Inspiration Board Challenge be sure to link your project at the Dusty Attic blog, there is a link in the top right hand corner.  It's fun to play along and have a chance at the AMAZING $100.00 Gift Certificate to the Dusty Attic Online Shop!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, your sweet comments and feedback make my day! xo


44 comments:

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Gabrielle,
What a stupendous idea, why did I never think of that. The amount of huge silk flowers I've given away because they I felt they were too big to use on cards, ye Gods I could scream!!! In fact I think I will lol.
Well, I'll download your sketch and start designing, and thank you for the inspiration.
Maureen xxx

Petras Bastelschätze said...

Gabrielle, WOW what a wonderful work.
The colors remind me a little of the fairy tale 1000 and one night, very nice. The young lady is also fantastic success. I am very excited.
Hugs Petra

ike said...

Absolutely AWESOME !!!

Hugz
IKE in Greece xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Wow! So beautiful!

Kathy Bradley said...

Another gorgeous piece of art! I learn so much from your videos - I was so excited to see a new one. Often I'll watch them several times - each time pulling away something new. As a beginner in mixed media - you are such an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing!

Carmen said...

This is such a beautiful project. I love the work that you do and really enjoy your videos. Thank you so much for sharing.

Arnhilds Kreative hender said...

It's gorgeous. Love the details, thanks for Your inspiration. Hugs from Norway

Jeannie In A Bottle said...

Gabrielle , I most definitely will be using this template ! Thank u so much for this and for being such an inspiration. I will be placing an order for those shimmerz! Hugs xoxo Jeanne

Romy said...

Wowzers...how stunning is this! I just looove the dress, the gorgeous chippies and how you added paint to make it all blend!

smokeysmom said...

I, too, will be using your template, thank you so much. Your art is such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing another beautiful mixed media piece:)

Carol said...

Brilliant idea...I have loads of these type of flowers! Thanks also for the freebie.

Mo said...

Wow..., this is GORGEOUS dear Gabrielle !!!
Thanks a lot for the inspiration...
Hugs,
Mo

Elina Strömberg said...

Such a great idea, thanks for sharing! I will need to try it myself!

Sandra said...

I can't find enough words to tell you I love this canvas, its stunning.

Lizzyc said...

HI.. What an inspiration you are to us.. Not only do you create the most amazing and beautiful canvas and layouts, you share your templates and knowledge and encourage us in our creativity too.. I love this.. I loved watching the video.. and I am sure I have some whopping big flowers at the back of my flower drawer somewhere too that I had put in the what do I do with these basket!!! Thank you for another beautiful creation.. I love this one too...xx

Lizzy Wurmann G. said...

I simply love this canvas!! Off to watch the video!

Kathy said...

Definitely a "now why didn't I think of that?!" moment for me...I know I have some of those big blooms in my fabric flower stash...love this beautiful and creative idea, Gabrielle! Thank you for the added bonus of the template drawing!

Sonia said...

Double Wow! Stunning creation! Love your work.
-Sonia *Sony*
sonia-studio60
From Puerto Rico

Julie said...

So happy I found your blog! Your art is gorgeous!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Stunning canvas Gabrielle and what a fantastic way of using those huge blooms ... brilliant!! Love the colours, love the design and really enjoyed the video!!! Thank you for sharing!! ox

Donna Bolo said...

Very inspiring as always! Thanks for the template, will give it a try... I remember drawing something like this (not this pretty of course lol!) when I was a little girl :D Love it! Thanks!

Оксана said...

super

Dawn McHugh said...

brilliant inspiration thank you :-)

Debbie said...

Absolutely stunning!! Your work is always amazing. I have an iPad and there is no right or left click I'm aware of. Would you know how to download and print your template? You are so generous to share with us especially to those of us who can't draw!!!

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Debbie, I dont have an Ipad so I'm not sure how they work, but I have a smart phone, the way to do it is it touch your finger to the picture and hold it there for a second...then a drop down screen appears with options, choose 'save image' and this downloads it to your device. Perhaps ipad works in a similar way?

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Debbie, I dont have an Ipad so I'm not sure how they work, but I have a smart phone, the way to do it is it touch your finger to the picture and hold it there for a second...then a drop down screen appears with options, choose 'save image' and this downloads it to your device. Perhaps ipad works in a similar way?

Maureen Hayes said...

Fantastic as usual Gabbie! I always love watching you work and even more that you share your templates so we can play along, very generous of you! For the gal who has the iPad, tell her to hold her finger down on the image (as you suggested) and she can save the image or go to the too of her screen to the icon on the left that looks like a sheet of paper and touch that and choose print. I hope that helps her. . .

Thanks again,
Maureen

Create A Reeson 2 Craft said...

You are officially my crafting idol. love your work. and you share your talents with the world selflessly. Thanks for the templates.

Cheryl Smith said...

I love this! Absolutely beautiful! I gave it a try and although I am satisfied, it is not nearly as pretty as yours. Thanks for the inspiration, once again!!
Cheryl

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Aw, I bet its beautiful Cheryl, sometimes we can be our own toughest critics, xo xo

Cheryl Smith said...

Indeed we are:-) Here's mine.....

http://cherylsmith001.blogspot.com/

Not sure the link will work. If not, no worries:-)

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Well that confirms it! It came out beautiful Cheryl! The touches of glitter on the petal edges are such a great idea! xo xo

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Well that confirms it! It came out beautiful Cheryl! The touches of glitter on the petal edges are such a great idea! xo xo

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Aw, I bet its beautiful Cheryl, sometimes we can be our own toughest critics, xo xo

syy said...

What a great idea - as usual your
technique and finished item are stunning tfs.

Sylvia

Carin said...

And here I was thinking those feathers were real! Turns out they're painted chippies. They're awesome!
Thanks for the inspiration, each new project is another WOW.

grace sciortino said...

Gabrielle love all your work this is beautiful just like all you do thank you for the inspiration and letting us know how it's all done.

Melissa Sauner said...

Hi Gabrielle. I was wondering if you have any other templates like this one. I thought it would be neat to create a series of these in different poses. Or maybe you can suggest where to find something similar?

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Melissa, I have 2 more templates and video tutorials ....see right side panel under my video tutorials ....I think one says 'paper dolls...or couture doll?

Garance said...

Merci pour toutes ces belles réalisations

Kathleen Jones said...

Dearest Gabrielle,
I am so thrilled to have come upon your video this evening. Your work is truly breathtaking and so inspirational! You are a gifted and generous artist! How blessed to have your kindness and creativity make our world a more beautiful place!
With Love,
Kathy

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Kathy,
Thanks so much for taking the time to write your kind comment! Do happy you found me ;)

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Hi Kathy,
Thanks so much for taking the time to write your kind comment! Do happy you found me ;)

Barbara Schraven said...

Hi, I'm a grandmother of 5 beautiful granddaughters and l would so love to do something like this for them to keep forever. As I've never attempted this could you please help me by directing me to the eastiest eyecathching start! Love your work and as I'm an empty nester living 3 hour drive away from my family I need a great hobby! I only hope I can get all the ingredients here Australia! I'm 61 years young lol about to have a machine put into my back which stops my nerve pain, and I cant wait and hope that I can get materials here! Thank you so very very much for sharing Aussie Barb

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