I think I have said before that I love making things with canvases and with this particular project I definitely wanted to use a canvas that I could hang up in my daughter's room.
I started out with a blank, white 11" x 14" canvas board and coated it a couple of times with gesso.
I knew that I wanted some sort of texture for the background, but couldn't figure out what. I flipped through my binder of stencils and came across Prima's Crackle Stencil. I used my homemade modeling paste and added the crackle texture all over the canvas.
Never having done any sort of galaxy background, I was a little unsure where to start. I googled a few techniques, but none really stood out to me. Instead I decided to just wing it. Which has really worked in my favor lately.
Using Dylusions sprays in After Midnight, London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise, and Bubblegum Pink, I went to town spraying in no particular pattern all over the canvas. Then I misted the whole thing with water to blend the colors and dried it.
To achieve the space-like effect, I used an ink dabber with my black archival ink and went all over the front of the canvas. I concentrated more color on the edges and in lighter spots around the center.
Once that was dry and I was happy with how it looked, I splattered some of the Dylusions White Linen on the front and glued down some small bling.
The letters are actually made of wood that I heat embossed powder to (and I know I've raved about the magical awesomeness that is heat embossing.) The color I used is from Michael's and it's called Vintage Mint. I just LOVE how it turned out and it went quicker (and somewhat less messier) than either inking or painting them would have gone for me.
Finally I glued the letters to the front, and voila! Done.
I really had meant to take a step by step picture of my progress, but I got carried away and by the time I realized I hadn't snapped a picture at all, I was gluing the letters down! This was still a fun project that I wanted to share. Will hang it up in my daughter's room tomorrow!
Now to see if the child will spend a few minutes with me before bed time!