Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sweet Girly Canvases

I have been blessed with another friend, Nadia from Scrap Affair!!
She wanted to trade canvases with me and knowing how well she paints her cards I was "Oh Yes!!"
She is the sweetest mom of 2 and so full of life and I had to make her something to express that part of her.  She made a canvas for me and it arrived in the mail before I even started mine. Meanwhile, she was so sweet and patient with me until I got hers done.

Here is my canvas for Nadia

I used Prima Romantique papers for her dress and various scraps for the background.
I made her myself and painted her hair and then doodled in some texture.  I stamped a few dragonflies here and there and aded bubble wrap to the background all in white paint.  The butterflies are punched from the same Prima papers and dotted around. A wooden embellishment "Sunshine" is at the top as that is what I feel Nadia is.  Two favorite sayings "Be Silly and Smile Often" were stickers and I put them on the right.  I see such a positive and happy person in Nadia so I had to put those on.

At the bottom of the canvas and in her hair I punched flowers from the same paper, they are adorned with pearls.  Us Girls deserve Flowers!!  I doodled around her body and lightly doodled Nadia's name on the side of the girl.  There are some rub-ons on the sides and a light coating of white paint just wisps every thing. I used a bit of distressed ink to smudge around for contrast too. 

Look at this GORGEOUS girl that Nadia made for me 

I love her eye!  I wish I could draw eyes like this.  I love the die cut on the left, so frilly.  Then she has long stemmed flowers in her hand.

The bottom of her dress is divine.  It is crumpled paper eyelet and tissue. So pretty!! I love how her legs are different and another die cut from her foot to the right is so soft and girly.  I love all the little trinkets too.  Nadia must have made some sprays with different inks as the colors are soft and very pretty.

Here is a better photo of the top of Nadias canvas to me.  I am drawn to her eye, you can imagine what is she thinking or even the attitude!? lol  I can see me in this.

You need to go see Nadia's blog post HERE regarding the canvas exchange. Look around her blog and see her gorgeous creations, you will be amazed!
 I am so glad her and I did this and now we are going to do another one together.  When you share art with each other I feel a piece of someones life is with you on their artwork.  I am making fabulous friends because of all this so I encourage you to do it too.  I really owe this whole discovery to my very favorite friend, Guess Who??
SANDY!  She started it all and the friends I have newly met are from her too. 
I have been Blessed!

Have a great day!


  1. These are stunning Kelly. So much gorgeous detail in the canvases but my favourite has to be the second. Love the colours and the image is beautiful.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  2. Kelly, honey,I Love-the canvas you have made for me-THANK YOU!!! I cannot wait for the 2nds!But, that is not a die cut-that was done with a mask and then you spread texture paste over it, and it leaves an image that is raised.

  3. WOWwwwwwwwwwwwww.....adore both of the canvases....outstanding job!!!! Nadia is a very talented crafter and you are really becoming an expert on mixed media art!
    Beautiful job, girls! Very creative works of art!

  4. WOW Kelly, such beautiful beautiful canvases and I think you both have the most fabulous talent. Both your girls are fabulous and unique and all the gorgeous embellishing and backgrounds are such a perfect backdrop.

    So happy that you're having fun with your canvasses and it's so good to do the exchanges, I bet you were thrilled with the stunning canvas you received.

    Hope your week was good. Hugs, Chris

  5. Two beautiful canvases! Glorious colors on each! I'm loving this mixed media art! Wow you girls are very inspiring!
    Hugs, Cathy

  6. Just beautiful Kelly, you are getting quite a collection , nicely done
    Hugs julie P

  7. Wow... another great swap! Just love the colours on your canvas - so delicately pretty without being icky girly!!
    Alison x

  8. Another fabby canvas you've made Kelly! You do an excellent job on these.. fantastic really!
    I like Nadia's too and like you, that one eye is so interesting and pulls you right in.

  9. Hey Sugar -- your canvas is beautiful and I love it that Nadia has jumped right in. I love the colors Nadia has used and I know you do. As I told Nadia - you took to making canvases like a duck takes to water. Two great friends exchanging art -- what fun!!

  10. wow these are amazing!!! you do such a great job of the mixed media... really cool :)

  11. Hi Kelly,

    Stunning is your canvas. I totally love it. Shame you won't live nearby otherwise I was come to visit you to learn it....

    Hugs marjolein

  12. Gorgeous,Kelly! You have done a spectacular piece of art. Nadia's is beautiful too. What a great idea! You have inspired me.


  13. oh WOW Kelly......The colors you have used are just stunning!! I bet she really loves this and was glad for the trade dear. The one she did for you is also pretty.

  14. I absolutely love these mixed media paintings!
    So today I became your new follower.

    Hope you will have a happy and creative week!


  15. WOW... These two piece's are amazing... Wonderful art... Love them both!! Hugs May x x x

  16. Hi Kelly, I think both canvases are stunning, I love your drawing and the way you created her dress, the words you added are lovely. I think you did an amazing job on the hair, as did Nadia. I love the way Nadia did the eye too and the hair looks just like yours in your blog photo. Love them both and how wonderful to share art with a friend. Hugs, Anne x

  17. Hi Kelly, those canvases look like a lot of fun to make! I love the canvas that you made. The bright orange and pink are so cheerful and all the details that you have added to it! Just gorgeous! The one your friend made for you is gorgeous as well! Have a wonderful weekend!


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