I wanted to make a canvas that says, "girls can do anything". I started with a 12x12 canvas. I covered the entire canvas with pages from one of my favorite books "Song of the Siren" by Philippa Carr. This copy was printed in the 70's and there was some nice texture and aging going on. I did not have to do anything to age this before mod podging onto the canvas. The next step was to add a bit of color. I used a remnant of a sheet of Graphic 45 paper. It was in the Steampunk collection, but I forgot the name of this sheet. I do believe it is out of print. I did an over all coverage of mod podge to seal all this together.
While this was drying I began sketching the girl I would use. Here is both the beginning sketch and the final product. I cut her apart to use as a pattern.
I next swiped on some color. I used some of the colors from the Graphic 45 paper, a blue, brown, gold, and pink. I swiped on a bit of the color with a brush or my fingers and dabbed it off with a paper towel. I added some stamps, an Eiffel tower, houndstooth, swirling dots, and a stop watch. Some I embossed and some are just straight Staz on inks. I just kind of had fun. No rhyme or reason, just fun.
Using my new branch die from Tim Holtz, I added a branch. I cut this from grunge paper and embossing it with Vintage Photo embossing powder. I found some red tulle that I tied to the branch. Oh, and the die had a bird on it too, I cut him off and use an owl stamp to add an owl element.
The girl was mod podged directly onto the canvas. She was in many pieces and I just pieced her together right there, covering her all over with mod podge. Her shoes are painted on and not paper. When she was dry I added the black lines and hair.
The bottom is finished out with some pom pom ribbon and a crocheted flower my mother-in-law made about 20 years ago.
The quote is wonderful! Believe in your dreams and live them!!!