Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Wonderful World Canvas

Hi everyone. Today I am very happy to be a guest designer over at Anything But Cute. I am sure you all know this blog, created by the amazing talent that is Pamellia! 
Their current challenge is celebrating Earth Day - what a great theme - chosen by Samra. Here is how she describes it...
Create a mixed media project inspired by the beauty of our planet and tell us what inspired you. It could be echo friendly, or even recycled item, or depiction of sea, mountain, river, forest...let's celebrate our planet!

I decided on a canvas using Tim Holtz's globe die. 
I smooched the die cut in distress inks until I was happy with the result. I painted my canvas with sage PaperArtsy paint and once dry coated with crackle medium. (Just a thin layer - using a credit card). Again when dry I added my dark blue paint - this is actually just household paint but works perfectly for this technique.
I die cut and embossed two butterflies (Butterfly Duo). I then took an oil pastel and covered the embossed area. The oil will then resist anything water based. This is great for then adding distress inks or stains but I actually went with paint in the end. As the pastels do not resist this as well I added another layer once the paint had dried. My word used the same paint (PaperArtsy Banana) and I added touches of the same oil pastel.
I hope you like my canvas celebrating Earth Day.
Thanks for stopping by.


  1. This is wonderful nikki ... i keep seeing this globe die used in blogland ... i think it has gone on my needs list xx

  2. GORGEOUS Earth Day canvas, Nikki! I love that crackled background, your summery, brilliant butterflies, and that fabulously colored globe! Love your simple style that when viewed up close reveals those complex techniques you expertly execute! Fabulous, my friend and thank you so much for being our Guest Designer at Anything But Cute today! Hugs!

  3. STUNNING take on the mood board Nikki! Love the globe and gorgeous background. Striking make my dear!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  4. LOL, you are going to laugh when you see my piece for the challenge later this month! Promise I didn't copy (uploaded yesterday in advance...) Anyway, I love this version - that crackle background is divine! xx

  5. YEAH Nikki - love seeing you here on Anything But Cute - perfect Guest Designer and that is very obvious by this FABULOUS earth day creation of yours girl. SOoooooooooooooooooooo WONDERFUL. My my my how that background has crackled - MEGALICIOUSLY!!! Your colors are just stunning. And you know.... if there is ORANGE - then I am just captured from the get-go so needless to say - LOVE LOVE LOVE your project!!! XXj.

  6. Congratulations Nikki on your Guest Design spot ! Fabulous or as your chosen text says 'Wonderful' Canvas, I think both , so perfect for the theme . x

  7. How wonderful to have you as Guest Designer Nikki - and your project celebrates Earth Day so beautifully! Loving the crackled background and those butterflies are such a lovely touch! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Thank you for being our guest designer this month at Anything But Cute! You sure knocked this theme out of the park! That crackle background capture the eye so beautifully and those butterflies pop (or should I say flutter) off the page amazingly well. Your globe is gorgeous! Awesome sauce and Wowzers design Nikki! Hugz! ~Niki

  9. The die cut globe is perfect for your Earth Day canvas Nikki! Wonderful contrast of colors - and the crackle is glorious! Congrats on being Guest DT! Julia xx

  10. Fabulous crackled background in a beautiful deep blue and love that globe, it's one of my most favourite dies at the moment. Superb make Nikki xx

  11. Wow Nikki, you just nailed Samra's moodboard!! What a gorgeous piece for Earth Day! I am loving your crackled background in the blues, so rich and full of texture! Your butterflies pop off your canvas with their brilliant wings! LOVE IT!! Thank you so much for being our Guest Designer this month, it's truly an honour to have your work up there along side ours! Big Hugs, Pamellia. Anything But Cute DT :)

  12. That is really beautiful, Nikki !
    Corrie x

  13. Gorgeous canvas, love the oil pastel resist technique, Cathy x

  14. Fabulous canvas! Cool background for the wonderful globe and gorgeous butterflies! xxx

  15. Scrumptious crackle and I love the soft colours on the globe - this is beautiful, Nikki!
    Alison x

  16. This is wonderful! I love the globe die, it is neat! And the butterflies are really gorgeous!


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