Challenge Project for Art and Soul Studio

Hey Everyone

I hope you all have a Merry and Safe Christmas and that you have all been good and Santa brings you all you wish for

Today on the Art and Soul Studio Blog I created a beach inspired canvas as it went with my photo and it also went with our challenge photo 

The Challenge was to use the words Love Life and the pictures were there for inspiration
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So I  started off with reversing my canvas and giving it a coat of clear gesso
I then mixed in some sand and spread it around where it was needed 
I found a great branch from the garden that fit just right and stuck it down with Heavy Body Gel 

I then chose some embellishments and made them rusty using the Dark Chocolate Impasto and the Red Rust Past

With the frame I used the clear gesso before adding the Art Alchemy Old Silver wax with a stipple brush to make sure it went into all the grooves and corners

Here you can see the frame with the Old Silver was on it and the Love Life words - which is what these people look like they are doing

On the backround of the canvas I used Colour Blast Artist Ink Calypso with some water and let it run down the back making sure to get lighter and darker parts like you would see in the ocean

I also added some mesh to the cardboard I used to raise the photo up

Here's some of the embellishments I painted with the rust and a few other bits I also gave then a light brush with white gesso

Unfortunately the vellum globe I used went funny after I glued it with the gel 
And under that you can see where I used some Colour Blast Artist Ink Rust to make it look like some of the embellishments had rusted because of the ocean

I added a dragonfly because you often see them near water 
I added a couple of shells and you can see some of the clear beads scattered around the canvas

Products used from Art and Soul Studios
Finnabair Dark Chocolate Impasto
Rust Paste - Red
Tim Holtz idea-Ology 
Vignette 4 Frames  (instore)
Found Relatives (out of stock)
Ephemera Pack - Vellum
Art Basics
Clear Gesso (out of stock)
Heavy Body Gel (instore)
Art Alchemy Wax Old Silver (out of stock)
Art Ingredients Glass Glitter (out of stock)
My Stash
Colour Blast Artist Inks Calypso and Rust
Tree branch
Flair Button
Plastic beads

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a Happy and Safe Christmas and New Year x


  1. Simply amazing take on our Mood Board this month Suzanne. So many fabulous elements and textures. Totally awesome. Can't wait to get my hands on the Finnebair Waxes when they are back instore.

  2. Awe thank so much you’re so kind xxx