Friday, April 24, 2015

DT Reveal & Photo Tutorial
for Scrap Around the World

You've all seen the gorgeous sea-inspired Mood Board
from Scrap Around the World revealed on April 1st.

Well, there is a good reason why I hadn't shared with you my project inspired
by this mood board yet, and that is because I was saving it for a special tutorial post
 that went live today on the SATW blog!  

Yes, I will give you step by step instructions on how I created this canvas!

Let's take a look at the beautiful April mood board,
designed by Hera Sugitani from the very sunny Brazil!

It is very obvious what inspired me from this set of gorgeous Summer images!
Being fortunate enough to live near the sea, it is a constant inspiration for me... the deep blue tones, the warmth of the sand, the mysterious sea creatures.

Here are some of the creating tips I've decided to share with you
here and on my very own tutorial post right HERE at Scrap Around the World!

1. I started off with a not so pretty 12" x 8" wooden plank frame bought at my local Dollarstore which I covered with at least 3 thick coats of white gesso.

2. After my base coats of gesso were completely dry, I then used different shades of distress inks and spread it across my background using a scrunched up paper towel. 

3.  I like that the texture of the paper towel transfers on to the background.  The splatters look like they came from a mist bottle, but unlike with mist, the ink patterns are much easier to control when you create them yourself with a towel. 

4.  Next, I decided to add some more texture using thick modeling paste and a stencil. 

5. Wanting to add more earthy tones to my frame, I misted a few brown and beige hues from my collection of Tattered Angel Glimmer Mists and then dried my base with a heat gun.

6. Wanting to make the sea blue pop out a bit more, I added a few more drops of 'Stormy Sky' Distress Ink and brushed it in thick vertical strokes with a foam brush already coated with a thin layer of white acrylic paint.

7. My base finished, it was then time to have fun transforming all the pretty 2Crafty chipboard I chose upon for my canvas.  In order to achieve the sea foam effect on the Surfy Wave pieces, I started by adding a thick coat of clear gesso and heating it up with a heat gun, until it created bubbles on the surface of the chipboard.  Next, I put a generous coat of Martha Stewart Sparkle Texture paste. I then dabbed the chipboard with the same different blue distress inks as the background, adding some white paint on the top tips and Silks acrylic glaze on the bottom edge.

8. It was then time to affix my picture, and all embellishments on to my canvas.  I then finished off with my signature style white washing which I use on pretty much all my creations.  I created the white washing effect using a sponge dabber and white acrylic paint, dabbing the paint soaked sponge over everything, even the edges of my picture. 

Let's take a look at some close-up images...

Some of the products used:


Art Alternatives Acrylic Gesso
Liquitex Clear Gesso
Liquitex Professional Modeling Paste
Prima Marketing Inc stencil
Martha Stewart Sparkle Texture Effect
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink
(stormy sky, tumbled glass & scattered straw)
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
(suede, tattered leather & wheatfields)
Silks Acrylic Glaze (azurite)
DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic white paint
2Crafty Chipboard
(surfy waves, chain lengths, line words-summer borders & seashells)
Prima Marketing Inc Shabby Chic Treasures
Recollections Floral Embellishments
Cousin Designs By Me Charms
Wooden plank canvas, netting & cheesecloth

You still have a few days left to play along with this wonderful challenge
for a chance to win 1 of 12 monthly prizes!!!

Click HERE for all the details on this month's mood board challenge!


  1. Nicole, your canvas is gorgeous, the tutorial amazingly clear and precise with the added bonus of a list of products used! I am so happy that you visited my scrapping blog and to have discovered yours, signing on to follow from now on.
    bon weekend,

  2. thank you so much for showing the step by step photos on how you made this lovely piece! it is truly a work of art!!!! I know I could stare at it for hours and still see more and more with each glance. you have added so many beautiful details.

    thank you also for stopping by my blog! I'm so happy to have you as a follower! :)
    enjoy your weekend!

  3. Terrific job done Nicole! Wonderful textures, the sea waves with sparkling effect, all the little elements you put in, just love them all!
    Thanks you so much for stopping at my blog and welcome to my blogland:)

  4. Wow,this is gorgeous. Great creation.

  5. Hello Nicole, thanks for being my follower! I poked around in your blog ... wow your creations are wonderful, so bright ... and tutorials are beautiful! You really are an artist! So I immediately became a your follower!
    (sorry for English, but I'm Italian).
    Big crafty hugs,

  6. Wow, so stunning and beautiful!

  7. Wow, so stunning and beautiful work!!

  8. WOW! This is such a gorgeous work of art! Thank you for showing us how you did it and for the supply list, too!

  9. Hi Nicole, thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a kind comment. Your canvas is absolutely stunning - so nice of you to share your creative process too. I love the paper towel tip - going to try that :) Oh, and that seahorse is so adorable!