Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Gone Fishing - Dawn Heald


Welcome to a new week here on the Blog.
Oh my goodness have I got the most fabulous project
for you today!
We gave the DT .....Gone Fishing to see what they
would come up with and look at this.......

Dawn says -

"This week I've used an 8 x 8 canvas board to make an underwater scene.
 I knew the look I wanted to achieve and remembered my Brusho
 experiments. The Brusho Thickener along with Brusho colours and
 some cling film made this project as I envisioned it. The Fish Stamps
 are fabulous (my two are courting young love) and can be used in
 different ways other than doodling inside the shapes. I'll be using
 them again soon as I really like them. So onto how I made this project".

Apply Grunge Paste through the Bay Leaf stencil along the bottom
 and random circles above with Sequin Waste Stencil. Leave to
 dry as its quick.

Position stencil back over same place as before and using
 Guacamole Fresco paint and paint brush, I painted over the
 Bay leaves Grunge Paste. Use a sponge and more
 green Fresco Finish paints to build up the layers. Then I 
painted on Decoart MixedMedia Satin finish

Next I coloured my background. First using blue and white Brusho
 and water, I painted all over and laid cling film or plastic wrap over
 the whole canvas, squished it around and left to dry. I chose 
four blue colours of Brusho and mixed each into a pool of Brusho 
With a large flat brush I dabbed on the colours covering 
the entire canvas, laid over another piece of cling film, pressed
 it around to blend colours and move air pockets around. Then I left 
this to dry.

  As I'd used a thick layer of Brusho Thickener this took 24
 hours to dry.  I peeled off the cling film and it was still damp, so I
 used this to carefully wipe off the colours on parts of the 
stencilling then left it to completely air dry. I dotted on some 
Stickles Glitter Glue in Eucalyptus and Star Dust.

Whilst this was drying I stamped the two Fish and doodled some
 Zentangle patterns within the shapes. I coloured with Pro Markers
 and added some detail with white gel pen. I then cut them out. 

I drew some wavy sea plants, doodled and
 coloured with Faber Castell crafters crayons. Gently shape the 
pieces by curving them in your hand. I added some bling to the Fish
 by colouring clear gems with Pro Markers and gluing on the Fish.
I glued my pieces onto the canvas with glue gel. Add some
 coloured gems as treasure at the bottom of the sea.

Well, isn't that just lovely??

If you want to have a go, this is what Dawn used -

From own stash
Gems, cling film/plastic wrap

Ok, enjoy the sunshine today, it is supposed to be the hottest
day so far this year!  Probably snowing tomorrow!

See you soon with another project,

Jane x


  1. Fab. Was playing with my brusho's today. This looks like a fun technique. Love those fish. Hugz

  2. Fantastic underwater effect! I want to play with the thickener too... Thanks for the great step by step Dawn.

  3. Wow, fabulous scene and canvas!!!! Thanks for the details and great tutorial. Coco xx

  4. Love what you've done with my fish stamps Dawn! Terrific project. xx


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