One of the aspects I miss the most from my past career is paging through the fabric walls at the Seattle Design Center, looking for just the right textile to complete a project. I think this is part of the reason I love having a variety of products in our store that can be used for paper crafting, BUT also crossover and can be used to create home decor projects. I hope this simple little project opens some new doors to you as I share this design with you!
Marimekko fabrics are bold, beautiful and simply gorgeous. Today's project was inspired by this beautiful fabric line.
I don't know if you realize how easy it is to create a custom, hand painted project using the Studio Line products together with the foam stamps we carry. This pillow cover took less than two hours to create and would have probably taken far less time if I wasn't trying to capture video and pictures. :-D To watch this video directly on YouTube visit this link.
Apply paint directly to ink blending tool.
Use craft stick to work paint into foam.
Apply paint to foam stamp.
Add second color for highlights.
By working quickly you can easily layer two colors, one atop the other to create a beautiful mix of colors.
To create custom paint colors use Claudine's chart as a guide and mix your colors on your non-stick craft sheet.
Apply the light green paint to the stem...
add your darker highlights to a corner of the same ink blending foam...
and add your highlights to one side of the stem and at the base.
TIP: If you happen to overlap color where you do not want it, simply use a damp cloth to wipe away wrong color mix and reapply.
Stamp directly on canvas. Apply pressure firmly and evenly over entire foam stamp area.
Do not worry if the color is uneven when using this technique. You are using this stamped image as a base. Simply paint directly over the stamped image with a small paint brush applying your color.
While the paint is still wet you can easily combine colors directly on your canvas. Mixing some colors and leaving other areas distinct.
To create a more whispy look with your color, simply allow the first layer of paint to dry and then paint your light highlights directly over the dried areas.
Stamp and paint remaining flowers.
TIP: Use odd numbers for a more pleasing effect and vary the heights of the stems or objects for a more pleasing look. Be certain to visualize your canvas in thirds or fifths filling up the bottom 2/3's or 3//5's for a more appealing result.
This particular canvas pillow cover will be perfect for spring! So many stamps, so many options... I hope you give it a try!
stamps: Prima Flower II Foam Stamp