Monday, April 8, 2013

Gears Canvas Girl

Another Canvas! They are in my head and I have to paint them out.  Prima papers and embellishments are incredible too, I just had to get it all out and here is what happened.

First I tore strips of paper from Prima's Engraver 12x12 pad and mod podge them onto a canvas.  After they dried I started mixing my acrylic paints and made the face and then the neck, added white to the eye and nose area.  After it dried I made the eyes, my worst talent, eyes.  I used Faber Castell Pitt pens in browns and then Faber Castell gelatos for her shadows. Her nose was shadowed with FC Pitt pens and her cheeks are FC Pitt pens and gelatos.  Her lips were the hardest, usually not a problem but I think it was because of her head being turned and I need the symmetry. Her lips were made with FC Pitt Pens, Pentax oil crayons.

The sentiment was stamped with Archival ink onto a Claudia Hellmuth Canvas sheet.  I distressed the edges and rubbed Distressed inks onto it.  The sentiment is from Unity Stamps by Donna Downey.
All the gears are from Tim Holtz, the keys from my local craft store, the locks are from Graphic 45, the clock and flowers, and bottle caps ect... are all from Prima Vintage Trinkets.  I used Glossy Accents to glue them all on.

The heart I drew with glue and then sprinkled Frantage onto the glue, letting it set up I poured off the Frantage and then heated it up from the underside of the canvas.  I rubbed Distressed silver metalic paint onto it a bit and highlighted it with FC Pitt pen in brown.

For her clothing I used copper and a Tim Holtz embossing folder and aged it with pantina alcohol ink. Then I used Glossy Accents to glue it on.  You can see the trinkets and how they add texture to the canvas.  You can also see the texture in her hair, I used sculpting medium with my acrylic paints.

After I used my gelatos and oil pastels to blend the papers, I used bronze distressed ink on a gears mask and it turned a bit pink.  Then I stamped the sentiment all over the canvas with white paint including her hair. Then I took a Papertrey Ink writing stamp and stamped that all over in black including her neck and forehead.

Different lighting helps find the true colors of the canvas.  I purchased most of the materials from Blue Moon Scrapbooking, they are family run and actually call you before your package goes out, then you can add to your order, Yeah!

Well I hope some of my tutorial will inspire you to paint something fun that you like,
I appreciate your comments and visits to my blog
Thank You!


  1. OH! Kelly, this one is stunning!!! This one is my favorite fo far!

  2. Well, Kelly, I am speechless once again! I am amazed at how well you can draw....WOW!!! She is her lips and eyes! Outstanding job, Kelly! You really rock at this! Wonderful, wonderful details on this work of art!

  3. I am speechless also. Not only is this girl beautiful, but the expression in her eyes truly amazes me. You are ABLE to put life into your characters, she is certainly acquainted with the goddess of serenity. Everything in her reflects tranquility. I love all the elements, love the harmony of it all, but truly Kelly, your drawing of those "beings" coming out of our soul truly amaze me. OH! la la.... I can't wait to see where your "thread" will take you next time... Hugs.

  4. Kelly this is my favorite thus far. I agree with Christina and Danielle. Your talent is exploding into pure beauty. I too love what this girl radiates. All of the elements that you used are amazing!
    Wowzers this is fabulous!

    Hugs, Cathy

  5. Your canvas is stunning work, Kelly. I love all the mixed media you used and the texture you created. Your young girl is just beautiful! x

  6. The words in my head are jumbled and I'm just in awe of your drawing abilities. She's so life like and really presents herself so prominently on this amazing canvas! I hate to say that i have a favorite because all of your works have just been fabulous, but this one just beams!! Fantastic job Kelly :)

  7. WOW!!! I am speechless. The girl is gorgeous. Amazing and I love all the details. You can tell you love what you do!!! Just fabulous.


  8. Stunning work, WOW!! Your canvas is Beautiful, she is Gorgeous.. Love all the elements , textures, colours... Just like the rest I too am speechless..Her face is AmAzing!! great use of the cogs.. WOW! Hugs May x x x

  9. This is very beautiful! Love the steampunk lady! She is gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

  10. I spent all my time talking with you on the phone yesterday and getting that dern chick out from behind the furnace - boo to me. Kelly you are so very, very talented and I am so proud of your willingness to take on new challenges. You are good and this is a terrific canvas.

  11. Love how you've used so many elements and mixed your media to make the ideas in your head come alive. A real feast for the eyes. Love it, hugs Jenny x

  12. Ooh, my favourite too so far! Love the metallic look embossing along the edges, beautiful face, and the distressing of the sentiment is so fab - a big WOW for this one!
    Alison x

  13. hmmmm... I dunno Kel, you point out all these problems and I don't see anything wrong. Lips are fine, eyes are gorgeous...
    I like this canvas very much, she's really quite gorgeous and I love those pink cheeks!


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