Some Kind of Wonderful

I am underserved by my community.  Don't get me wrong, it is a wonderful place to live.  But, darn it, my art supply options are scarce! It's truly an injustice.

The good news is, a present came for me in the mail!  Isn't that exciting?  Inside was some new, utterly gorgeous Prima paints and products!!  I have no idea who sent them to me!

Okay, it was me.  That's right, I bought these lovelies for myself.  What can I say, I'm a very giving person ;)

I have been wanting to add to my meager Prima stash, which had consisted of ArtBasics Modeling paste, 3D Gloss Gel, a couple of bottles of Color Bloom Spray and a jar of ArtAlchemy paint.  All of which I love; the modeling paste and gel are my 'go-tos' when I start creating a canvas.

I had recently sampled my solo jar of the ArtAlchemy paint on my last project and I was transported to a wonderful, creamy paradise.  This stuff is...well it's wonderful.  So I've used the word wonderful repeatedly, haven't I?  I might as well call my next canvas Some Kind of Wonderful! 


After applying gesso to my canvas, I used stencils and modeling paste for texture.  I absolutely adore texture and can't imagine not incorporating it in all that I create.  Laying down my background colors was the next step.  I am a diligent stalker of the Prima blog and saw the beautiful (wonderful) peachy/baby blue mood board they had displayed for their June challenge and decided to play along.

My new jars of ArtAlchemy included Opal Magic Rose Gold and Opal Magic Pink Blue which I used along with Color Bloom sprays in Cobalt, Tea Stain and Frost.  The Prima flowers I had ordered were more pink than peach and more turquoise than pale blue, but they tinted beautifully. I adhered them with 3D Gloss Gel.

And then there is Finnabair's Art Stones.  I'm in love!  They add such a fabulous dimension and are lightweight on the project. (But if anyone knows how to pick up these little rascals when they spill on your craft mat, let me know.  The ones I tried to capture, just kept scurrying away on a frenzied flight of static.)  

I always seem to want to repurpose an item in my creations, and again, I chose a zipper. The humble zipper...Isn't it just a marvel of human engineering?   I also tore strips out of an old music book and embossed the edges for a vintage feel.  In addition to repurposing, I try to add an embellishment that I've made.  In this canvas, it's the blue fan in the lower left corner.  I wrapped a beaded fishline in peach colored beads around the base of the fan to incorporate both colors of the challenge and finished it with a tiny floss tassel.

Metallic thread, a Prima Vintage Ephemera image and the word 'Wonderful' finished my shabby chic project.

I am entering this into the Prima PPP June Challenge: