Saturday, February 9, 2013

Mixed Media Canvas Trade

Happy Mail!

Chris Dark from the Sketching Stamper and I decided to trade canvases.  She is such a multi-talented women for whom I have long admired her work, so this is a thrill for me!

Here is the glorious canvas Chris sent to me

Look at the hand painted details Chris put into this girl.  There are doodles, shadows and painted flowers on her.  I love the way her hair sweeps and then is all bundled in flowers, my favorite style that I have seen Chris do before.   I also love the rounded shoulder as it is soft and natural.  This girl is just so beautiful isn't she, I love to look at her!

This is a great place to keep her, in my craft room next to a purple teddy bear that is very dear to me.  She matches perfectly and I can admire her everyday.  

Look at the painted background with those itty bitty stars and butterflies dancing around.  Her necklace is even hand done.  Her belt has bling on it.  Amazing!

The left side closeup of her detailed painting, doodles and swirls.   I love the colors she chose to use.

The right side of the dress, Chris's perfectly drawn lines and flowers are amazing to me.  She is really good at the fine details.

Here is the canvas I sent to Chris

I painted the background with tan, brown and white.  Then I stenciled flowers onto the mid section of  the canvas.  I used Tim Holtz die to make the tree branch and a punch to make the flowers and hung the metal chandelier on it.  I rubbed Distressed Ink onto the white chandelier to age it.
Her hair is a mix of Liquitex glass beads texture gel that my friend Sandy gave me.  I made a headband in the middle of her updoo.  

I hand drew the girl from a example in Julie Nuttings Book and made her and the dress out of paper.  Tim Holtz die Tattered Floral and a metal brad is the focal part of her skirt.  I had to add feathers for artistic fun like Chris would do.

I used die cuts of hearts and a butterfly and then put liquid pearls around them.   I did some doodling, which I learned from looking at Chris's Cards.

I really am pleased that Chris and I exchanged canvases.  We were able to get to know each other better through this art that we share and I truly met another beautiful friend!  A unexpected gift because of our  mutual love of canvas art.

Thank you for stopping by and sharing this with us.


  1. YES!! I GOT HERE FIRST!!!!!!! Both canvases are gorgeous - as you know I am out the door will write some tomorrow. We will not be home until late tonight. So exciting to see two talented artist together!!
    Love you Sweetie Pie!!

  2. Wow! I love both canvasses! beautiful artwork. I love how Chris captured a look in the girl's face, that really reminds me of you Kelly. love the colors very much too.
    Your canvass is very very beautiful! I love all the wonderful details in the girl's hair, beads, hem... the whole canvas reminds me of "going out for a ball" and some reason, I have Audrey Hepburn in mind, in the movie Sabrina!! Beautiful work. Hugs.

  3. Wow I think you are both lucky. Love all Chris's doodles and the bright colours and sits perfectly next to your bear.
    I also love yours Kelly, the texture using beads for her hair and the stencilled flowers. It's all fabulous. Each time I look I find something new. Wow to both of you.
    Hugs Tracy x

  4. W-O-W.....both of you created amazing works of art!!! Love each canvas so much.....very inspirational in colors and details!!!!
    Outstanding work!!!!

  5. Kelly and Chris have exchanged awesome gifts of art. Each one is totally beautiful! What treasures!!! I love the colors of both pieces. So much talent ladies!!!
    Hugs, Cathy

  6. wow i love both of these! so different to see but some amazing techniques and such fantastic attention to detail :)

  7. I'm so happy that she arrived and that you like her and I'm very proud that you chose to display the canvas beside your gorgeous well loved bear.

    I love my canvas so much, I've always had a penchant for fish tail dresses and a sweeping down a large staircase on the way to the ball, ha ha.....this is what I would wear. Every detail is perfection and you are a superb artist my lovely friend.

    Big hugs,

  8. As I told you when you sent me your delightful fashion lady - I would break my neck if I tried to walk in one of these dresses -- You and Chris go together like ice and cream. I love you both.

  9. wow! Amazing Mixed Media stamping here Kelly! Gorgeous pieces from both of you! : )

  10. What a fantastic pair of canvases! I love Chris's work (and also the delightful Sandy's - who I see here, and mentioned in the next post), and this is no exception. And the gorgeous autumnal neutrals of yours are so beautiful!
    Alison x


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