Wednesday, May 6, 2015

And Sometimes You Fail

Ok, I saw a great tutorial on painting canvas sneakers here at Make It With Me and I had a little canvas bag that I wanted to spruce I gave it a shot. 

Let me just say, she makes it look easy! First, canvas bleeds a lot, which I kinda knew, so perfection isn't happening. Second, I should've practiced on something less expensive (yes, it's a 31 bag). Third, I'm not giving it as a gift as I first intended. But I guess that means is that I'll be using the little bag and not showing it off to friends :) Well, except you, my crafty friends who have been there before...right?! Tell me things haven't worked out for you!!

I love Oz, as you probably know, and Glinda has got to be my fave. So I used my Tombow markers as watercolors (scribbled them on an acrylic block and used a brush to apply) and then spritzed with water throughout the process. In the shoe tutorial, Kellie spritzes before starting and not throughout, so that definitely means my paint moved during the process. But I didn't want the color too defined, so I tried it. Mostly it just diluted lots of colors and smooshed them into each other.

On the back side of the bag, I knew what would happen, so I stamped flowers in distress inks and deliberately spritzed after. I kinda like the star burst effect. I may go back in and stamp clearer images on top, but I haven't decided. I may even write words or something.

All in all, I learned a lot, and I can't count that as a fail, but it didn't live up to my expectations, so I can count that part as a fail. I think it just means I will be buying more canvas to practice on (and I'll get it at the dollar store!) In the meantime, I'll have to do some more research!

Happy Wednesday!