Friday, May 9, 2014

"Imperfection is Beauty" Canvas: Webster's Pages Growing Up Girl!

"Imperfection is beauty, Madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
- Marilyn Monroe

What a great quote for a mixed media project, right??

The Webster's Pages "Growing Up Girl" collection is not only full of candy-sweet colors, dreamy pastels, and fantastic imagery, but offers up an entire page of fabulous quotes, just like this one! It is what inspired my canvas, to create something beautiful yet messy, pretty but muted in my preferred style. Simple, yet detailed, textured, and layered.

"Imperfection is Beauty" Canvas
I began as I often do by applying some book pages. I then tore strips of paper from the Growing Up Girl collection and applied them as well, before sealing them with gesso. A bit of misting, masking, embossing, more layers, and paint were added.

Some closeups...
The foundation for my quote began with a transparent envelope. I cut the flap from the envelope and adhered the backside of it to my canvas. In it I tucked some paper, one of the new wood ATCs, and some paper punched bits. On top of it I used a raw Blue Fern Studios chipboard film strip piece before adding my embellishments. To the left of the canvas in this photo, you can see I've used one of the new paper straws (also seen on the bottom and right side of my canvas). I simply cut the length I wanted and then used a scissors to cut open lengthwise and then curled it around the edge of my canvas.

Projects like this are great for using up scraps! Here you can see the piece of paper I'd used to punch out my confetti. I tucked it under one of the book pages for some fun texture.

Webster's Pages Products Used:

Patterned Papers:
Growing Up Girl "Words to Live By"
Growing Up Girl "See the World"
Growing Up Girl "Be Adventurous"

A Christmas Story Jeweled Frame
Sprinkled With Love Wood Veneer Set
Love Bundle of Straws

Other Products Used:
Blue Fern Studios "Film Strips"
Prima "Princess" Collection Flowers
Prima "Princess" Collection SIIC
Prima Purity Vine

Thanks so much for having a look today! I hope your week is going GREAT :)!


Brendaxx said...

I love it!! Thanks for the inspiration!! It's always a joy to visit your blog :)
Have a great weekend!

Laurie said...

gorgeous canvas, so much texture and I just LOVE Marilyn :)

Romy said...

It's simply gorgeous! I just love the different textures and the beautiful quote.

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautifully detailed canvas, Erin! Happy Mother's Day!

Lizzy Hill said...

Perfect! Loving the book pages & of course, that quote is...interesting, for certain:):):)

anikenitet said...

Whoua ! just perfect !!

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Lizzyc said...

Wonderful textures and layers, love the upside down heart beside your quote!!