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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Eclectic Ellapu April Challenge "Out of Your Comfort Zone"

Good morning all.

Can't believe it's April today, quarter of the year already gone! Hope you've all got your wits about you and don't fall foul of an April Fool...but if you do feel free to share and give us all a laugh lol!

Since it's the first of the month it's time for a new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu, the challenge for the Pink Team was chosen by the lovely Becca and she wanted us to leave our comfort zone...eek!
We had lots of lovely entries last month so I hope we see you again this month.

I've done a canvas...I added lots of texture to the base - lace, tapestry plastic, various netted fabrics to name a few then filled in the gaps with grunge paste fluffed up with a fork. Once dry I coated everything with gesso. Meanwhile I went hunting for supplies - dress form die cut, buttons and fasteners, zipper end, pearls, brass charms and plates, wooden pieces, waste die cuts etc. I've chosen an old button hook for the centre piece...once used for buttoning up shoes and boots in the good old days I believe!
Once I had everything arranged to my satisfaction I glued everything in place with gel medium and coated everything with more gesso then left it overnight to dry thoroughly.
Now for the terrifying part...painting with distress sprays - would I end up with a beautifully coloured canvas or something resembling a muddy puddle! Thankfully I didn't get the latter!
I used the three new distress spray colours - cracked pistachio, abandoned coral and mermaid lagoon then added some Cosmic Shimmer in silver and gold. Once dry I used distress paints in silver, gold and bronze to add highlights to parts of the canvas and some of the textures.

I love how this turned out, sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horn and step out of your comfort zone and see what happens - this time I think I came out on top :)

Do pop over to the challenge blog and see how the rest of the pinks stepped outside their comfort zones, you won't be disappointed. If you're not ready to step out of your comfort zone yet the green team's challenge this month is "April Showers/Spring".

Challenges entered:
Everybody-Art-Challenge - anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Mixed Media World - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Altered Eclectics -anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything goes
DL ART - anything goes


  1. Carol, this is maybe out of your comfort zone, but what a spectacular piece of art you created. Love it all and those colours are magical. I have to say I have not had time to use mine yet. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. Wow! A stunning canvas Carol, lovely colours and so many fabulous details - it must have taken you ages.

  3. Wow Carol you have really created a masterpiece here to be proud of. A fabulous mixed media piece. I had fun looking at all the different items I could identify hidden in there.

  4. Wonderful creation with gorgeous added goodies...stunning colours too....xx
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  5. Hi Carol, what a super canvas, I love all the texture you've created and the title goes brilliantly too. Great colours.

    Hugs Erika. x

  6. WOW Carol! This definitely is a work of art and shows all the hard work you have put into it! Loving the colours and fabulous design.
    Linda xxx

  7. Wow Carol this canvas is great! lots of huggles Sue xx

  8. Oh! Carol, I just absolutely LOVE your canvas.
    I would really, really like to attempt something similar.
    Maybe out of your comfort Zone but boy! you have made a fantastic job.
    Patricia x

  9. OMG Carol this is jaw dropping awesome, wow what an amazing and very beautiful canvas, I think you should do more creations that are out of your comfort zone, this is spectacular.
    lorraine x

  10. Omgee Carol that's blooming brilliant! I absolutely love this - I just want to reach out and stroke it. You have taken my breath away - I need to get some spray inks - it's fantastic Karen xx

  11. A great project Carol. What fab texture and so many different and interesting elements! Susan x

  12. this is awesome Carol - ab fab - loads of great colour and texture - what a wonderful canvas!!! Hugs rachel x

  13. A fabulous canvas Carol. Love all the texture, elements and the colours, so pretty. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment.
    Hugs Jennifer xx

  14. This is fab Carol - I just love the colour combo and the different elements x

  15. Beautiful work Carol. Love the gorgeous colours, texture and findings. Thank you for joining us at Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent. Hope to see uoor art work here again soon. Judy DT


  16. This is so Awesome I love all your texture, great design and it looks like a a lot of fun.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes APRIL Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com http://dianamlarson.ctmh.com

  17. Lovely Canvas Carol very pretty Thanks for playing along at MMW hugs Debs xx

  18. my fave techniques on canvas and well done you for making it work and pull together. I love it sweetie xx

  19. Carol, To say I love this would be an understatement, it is an absolutely gorgeous pieces and I so loved reading how you did it. You definitely came out on top.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  20. Thanks for entering our Not Just Cards Challenge and Happy Easter!
    Monica - DT

  21. Beautiful canvas! Thanks so much for participating in our Party Time Tuesday Anything Goes Challenge.

  22. Oh my word this is brilliant Carol. What an imagination you have! Michelle x

  23. This looks AMAZING!! I've yet to take on any canvas projects yet, but all this amazing texture and color makes me want to!! Simply gorgeous.

  24. Wow what a stunning project Carol, really beautiful artwork
    Claire xx

  25. The sprays really meld and blend all these different elements together so well. Thank you for linking to Rhedd's Creative Challenge


Many thanks for taking the time to comment on my post. Constructive comments are always welcomed and appreciated on my creations. Carol x