Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fall Blog Hop with Quick Quotes

Happy Fall to you!  

The designers over at Quick Quotes are celebrating with a blog hop! We're thrilled to feature adhesive products from our friends at Helmar. They were so kind to send us products to sample.

You should be arriving to my blog from Christine

If you don't know where to start, please visit the Quick Quotes blog.


I created a home decor project on a 9 x 12 flat canvas panel featuring our Cherry Truffle collection, PowderPuff Chalk Inks, Chipboard Laser Die Cuts and a Vellum Quote to share with you today.  

"The Will of the Wind"

There are a few different techniques that I am excited to show you!

To start, I prepared my canvas. I simply inked the edges all around with some Biscotti first, then lightly with Mocha Mama. After that, I grabbed my silicone mat and used it to create my palette to paint for the canvas. I just pressed my ink pad down in three separate places to give me my colors and then spritzed a bit of water into them.

The effect I was going for was a slight tint of color wash for the canvas. I used a very watered down Baja Blue on the top, then my Green with envy on the bottom.  A bit of the Amaretto in the middle was to bring them all together.  Adding just a little water to my canvas using a lightly damp 1/2" wide brush, I continued until I had the right touch of color. I did not put away my inks just yet! Once my canvas was completely dry (about 20 minutes or so), I started on my next step.

Hint:  You need the canvas completely dry when you start this next step for the best results.

Stenciling with PowderPuff Chalk Inks
"Fall Leaves" - Bag o Chips were used.

This was so fun and super easy.  I used the relief discs and a dry paintbrush to color in the leaves with my PowderPuff Chalk Ink.  I held the disc with one hand and applied with my paintbrush using the other. You could tape the disc easily too.

I had a damp paper towel and used one brush and alternated between the three colors to achieve my blended results. I really just love how nicely they turned out!  I let those dry and worked on my Tree next.


The featured tree is called the "Whimsical Tree" and I just love it!  It's a nice lightweight chipboard and it takes our Chalk Inks beautifully.  I applied some Mocha Mama, Amaretto, Baja Blue and Green with Envy PowderPuff Chalk Inks here.

After achieving the coloring that I liked on the tree, I wanted to add some more life like texture as well. I've had Helmar products for a little while and this is from my personal stash.  It's a crackle medium which I applied to the Whimsical Tree after inking.  It's a 2 step process.

At this point I cut my bike and leaf embellishments and inked some of them.  I also selected my "Will of the Wind" vellum quote, tore it into sections, then inked on the back to create a little blended coloring.  

To apply my bike and the vellum quote, I used the Helmar V2 Vellum Adhesive.  It worked so beautifully!  If you want to adhere your plain vellum and have no adhesive peek-a-boo, I strongly  recommend this product.  You spray it on and then wait for a few minutes and it's ready to apply.  Simple as that!

The crackle texture of the tree...  

I cut the title section of my quote with one of my cloud dies to nest.
The larger mat cloud was elevated using Helmar 1/4" Round ZapDots.

The quote was then matted and applied to canvas with Helmar 450.

I hope you enjoyed my little project today!  I'm super excited to hang this in our front entry for the Fall! That quote is absolutely perfect for my house full of boys!  

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Blue Leaf - October Club Q (Light blue and yellow paper from previous Club Q kit.)
Will of the Wind vellum quote 
Fall Leaves - Bag o Chips
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Mocha Mama, Baja Blue, Biscotti, Green with Envy, Amaretto 

Helmar Products Used:
V2 Vellum Adhesive by Helmar
ZapDots by Helmar

Other Products Used:
Maple Leaf and Frond punches by Martha Stewart
Bike die by Memory Box
Cloud and Musical Note Dies by MFT
Flourish bling by Zva
i-Rock and Hot Rocks by Imaginisce


The Will of the Wind

A little boys will is the will of the wind,
He'll rough house, tumble and fall.
He loves his trucks and dirt and trees, and 
of course that isn't all.

A baseball cap upon his head,
his knees are bruises and scars.
Gim him some dirt and a Tonka truck and he'll 
build a bridge to the stars.

Give him a bat and give him a ball and 
give him a tree to climb...
A little boys will is the will of the wind
and I'm so glad he's mine!

Patsy Gaut


Thank you to Helmar and to Quick Quotes!  I am so blessed that I get to create fun projects using beautiful quality products from such wonderful companies.

Have a super scrappity day!  Don't forget to head back over to Quick Quotes and leave a comment about today's hop projects for your chance at a prize.

~ Rhonda


Kathy said...

I forget about stenciling on my backgrounds. Your is beautifully done. Love you ideas. Thanks

Jill Rugg said...

What a beautiful project-love the idea of stenciling!

JenSodowsky said...

Love this Rhonda!! Great techniques!

CraftyGirl said...

Gorgeous! Wow! I love all the little details and all the ways you used the inks on this project! The cloud with the wind is an amazing touch! Love it!

Barb :)

Karen M. G. said...

Great project! thanks for showing your color wash technique

Crafty Aunt Dee said...

Such a fun canvas. Love the quote and your tutorial on the leaves is great. Thanks.

Ruth said...

I just love this project. Never thought of using my inks to stencil with a brush. Thank you so much for a great technique.

Beatrice Lawson said...

Beautiful canvas! I love the tree and the bike underneath, goes so well with the beautiful poem!

jj said...

Rhonda you are the technique queen. Can't wait to try some of them. Thanks for the great ideas.