Saturday, November 5, 2011



Heritage Photo Canvas

Welcome all you wonderful twiddlers.

You have just come from the wonderfully inspiring Jo Kinders blog I will endeavour to do the same.

If you need a link back to our ning to check the order of the blog hop and times just click here.

I have put my favourite CD in the player "Adele 21"  so I am ready to get to work typing up this blog post and TO SING.  The kids have just yelled out to stop. BWAHAHAHA.

This is a canvas I have done for my mother.
The photo is at least 64yrs old.
Remarkably well preserved seeing as my grandmother
had it in a normal scrapbook stuck down with
sticky tape.
It is also hand coloured. Mum was telling me the tutu
was actually pinned to the backdrop.
This was not long after the depression so the material was hard to
come by and I think it was just cheesecloth hand died by Nan.


I have used a Prima mask on the background with gesso. I only did around the outside edge because I knew the photo and embellies would hide the centre.
I then picked three complementary shades of glimmer mist, started with the lightest one and just built up the colour.
I have used a websters pattern paper behind the photo as it had a scollop already in the print and i just cut around it. All the lovely roses that were on the sheet i have kept for a future project.



This is the left hand cluster on the frame I have used flowers from asst'd companies,The metal label plate has been wiped over with some orange paint to tone it into the project. I am not going to put any of the journaling on the front of the canvas, I will instead print something out and attach it to the back.


The flourish that frames the photo is actually an MDF off the page piece from twiddlybitz called Ornamental stand   code MDF05
I unfortuately was a bit ruff with mine putting it together and pulling it apart to paint and I broke off one of the swirls. So girls don't think it can't be revisited as something else than what it was designed for.
The piece is painted with Tim Holtz crackle paint spiced marmelade.
The twiddlybitz fern leaves are also crackle painted with old paper colour.



Again i have used asst'd companies for the blooms and i found the little ballerina at a local discount store called hot dollar. I coloured the white skeleton leaves with Tutu pink  glimmer glam.

I wont be able to send this around Australia for our expo stand simply because it is irreplaceable.
So i hope you enjoyed what i have done with it.

Now girls if you can tell me what the code is for the piece I Broke and reused in this project I will be sending you out a RAK. Just put the code in your comments please and I will randomly pull a name out of a hat.

Have fun hope to see some of you at the Penrith show. The wonderfully talented Carol Thompson is up next click here to view.

45 comments:

  1. You broke it...naughty girl...lol...it was
    MDF 05......gorgeous as usual...:)

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  2. LOL MDF05 is the tricky bit you recreated with, clever!

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  3. MDF05 Love the different colours of the orange and the arrangement of flowers and swirls in the corner it all comes together beautifully

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  4. its beautiful!! your very brave using the original photo..hope you were able to make a copy of it!!
    answer to your question is : code MDF05

    thanks

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  5. I ADORE this Tracey, just stunning .
    :-)

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  6. Regardless if you broke the Ornamental stand code MDF05 piece, it still looks AWESOME ,,,,, xoxox

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  7. Regardless if you broke the Ornamental stand code MDF05 piece, it still looks AWESOME ,,,,, xoxox

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  8. MDF05 Love the different shades of orange a stunning piece of work

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  9. What a beautiful creation that can become a family heirloom to hand down. Love the use of MDF05.

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  10. What a beautiful creation that can now become a family heirloom to hand down. Love the use of MDF05.

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  11. MDF05 Stunning love the colours

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  12. Such a stunning piece of work! Shame about breaking the Ornamental stand (code MDF05).

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  13. Beautiful vcamvas Tracey. Thank you for sharing it with us. So lovely to hear that you take the time TO SING. So good for the soul.

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  14. beeeeauuuutiiiiifuuuuul!!!!!!!!!!! code:MDF05

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  15. MDF05 is the broken piece, which doesnt look broken at all. Such a stunning piece.

    Jodee Lockman

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  16. Ornamental stand code MDF05, what an absolutely lovely and irreplacable memory you have preserved.
    Sherie ree70@hotmail.com

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  17. mistakes are just another way to innovation, the MDF05 is just perfect here. Gorgeous piece, I am sure your mum loves it. Judie Willoughby

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  18. Even if you did brake the ornamental stand code MDF05, it looks amazing! I love the orange crackle paint, stunning :-)

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  19. Your blog truly makes me want TO SING....the code for the twiddly piece is: MDF05
    Gorgeous inspiration here, thank you...
    Kathie
    xoxo

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  20. You use the MDF05.
    This picture is so nice !!!! Love the gesso work on the backgroud. That really cute. Hope your mother love it too!!!!

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  21. Singing along with you to Adele!!! love her and love your canvas!!
    AND love that you 'fussy' cut hehehe :)

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  22. Well aren't you just a clever chicky Tracey, love how you've recylced your broken Bitz and created something fabulous with it! xxx

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  23. Hi Tracey, I love to sing too and my kids tell me the same thing. The piece that you broke was MDF05 but you are very clever in the way that you used it. Beautiful project.

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  24. The lovely piece you broke was code MDF05, but it remains lovely. Do you want me to sing it to you? LOL

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  25. You were clever to reuse the broken piece of MDF05 in this layout. Love what you have done with the gesso, it is very effective. Particularly like the story behind the photo too!

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  26. Oh My, what an absolute treasure you have created Tracey. The photo is sooo precious, and I am amazed at the quality of it considering its age.... Have you used the original on the project - how brave of you, but how important.... Innovative use of the broken Ornamental stand (MDF05).... Hugs x

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  27. One thing I learnt when I was doing sewing lessons: there is no such things- as mistakes/errors, just designer features :)

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  28. You have done wonderful things with the MDF05 Ornamental stand!

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  29. what a special photo, love the story with it

    and got to love that MDF05 broken or not :)
    Robyn W

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  30. Code = MDF05

    Wow - what a totally unique piece! Something to treasure for sure! Beautiful work!

    :) xx

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  31. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Love the priceless photo and its story.
    Love the MDF05, broken and all :)
    Angela Hincks

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  32. Great job using the MDF05 to create a unique project. How cool that you have such a precious photograph.

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  33. It's funny (weird, not ha ha) that you broke a piece off the Ornamental Stand mdf05, because . . . . I did the same with mine - but worse.

    I had already painted and decorated mine and managed to swipe it off the table, sending it flying into the wall (yep it was pretty dramatic).

    After I picked all the little lime green pieces up, I decided to make another one (mdf05) and attach the broken pieces to add some flair :)

    Voila! Another tragedy becomes a masterpiece. Who said mistakes aren't a wonderful way to make something new?

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  34. Wahoo nice work darn about the broken piece code No. is MDF05

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  35. code MDF05
    wow what a lovely creation. how great does that photo look for being so old. great work
    Kirsten

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  36. Wow if you hadn't told us that you had used code MDF05 in this stunning piece of art I would never have realised.

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  37. I love the colour scheme you have used here! Very fitting. (And your broken piece is MDF05.)

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  38. MDF05 is the broken piece, but we would never have known unless you told us. Beautiful work!

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  39. MDF05 is the code. I love your gorgeous layout, how precious.

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  40. You broke MDF05 (which I probably would too - I can be a bit rough with my chippie!). Thanks for showing us how you can disguise it so brillianly! :D

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  41. Oh Goodness Me Tracey, absolutely fabulous creation. Adorable colours and details, totally **heart** this

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  42. love your canvas Tracey, how precious! keep up the great work.

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  43. shame you broke the piece on your project! MDF05
    Amazing work and so inspiring!!

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  44. What amazing work!!! shame you broke MDF05. Pam Nelson

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