Introducing Jennifer Kray - Tonic Dreams Mixed Media Canvas

Hello and a very happy Friday to you all!  
If somebody says you have too many dies, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life. 
I have some very exciting news I'd like to share with anyone who is willing to listen - Tonic Studios have asked me to join their Blog Team! Seriously, this is one of the coolest crafting companies going, and it's such a privilege to be considered! 

I am delighted to present you with my first Tonic project: Dream - A Mixed Media Canvas.

Tonic Products Used: 
Tonic Studios Expressions Inspirations 1 Die Set - Dream
Nuvo Acrylic White Paint 997N
The projects starts with a small square deep canvas (8"x8") and a random facial stencil to which I applied texture paste onto the canvas.
The canvas was then blue washed with a Clean Colour pen watercolour wash. 

Wanting to add a punch of colour, I mixed up a small spray bottle of Turquoise Brusho and sprayed, also flattening some of the texture paste as I wanted a smoother surface.
  The Gerbera Daisy, Simply Screens Honeycomb and Deco Trellis were die cut with mirror paper card to make a sturdy stencil used randomly over the canvas, using a mixture of Gesso and Nuvo White Acrylic Paint.
I then cut out a heap of Spellbinder Roses Die Cuts with ivory Mulberry Paper. 
Additionally, I used watercolour paper to die cut the Dream expression sentiment 8 times and the Laura Butterfly and Fern Leaf three times each.   
In my stash, I had some stamen, berries, a small resin frame and very small paper flowers which I added to my slowly building pile of treasure! Once all the flowers were assembled, I covered everything with a very thin layer of White Nuvo Acrylic Paint and Gesso. With hot glue, I began to build my canvas. I added more white paint mix but also went in with a very small brush and added some of my brusho spray mixed with gesso. I did this a couple times.  
Up close, you can see the turquoise Brusho, Nuvo Acrylic Paint and Glitter effect. 
Here is a glimpse of some of the die cut stencils I used. 
Another view of the built up canvas with the Beautiful Blooms Die Cut used as a stencil in the bottom left corner and top right.
Once dry I went over all the flowers, leaves, sentiment and butterflies with Funky PVA Glue and covered it generously with NUVO Diamond Glitter. Once dry I dabbed Gesso over some of the flowers where the paint was too vibrant and then attached the Dream sentiment, added a bow and a small button and some miniature LED lights to complete my project. This photo is with the lights off:
Some closer detail with the LED lights switched on:
More detail and stencilling work visible from this angle. 
 Completed canvas with LED lights on: 

The canvas is effective with and without the lights and think it's pretty neat!
Thank you all for taking the time to stop by and I sincerely hope you've enjoyed this blog post and more importantly my project.  Have lots of exciting projects coming up and cannot wait to share more with you. 

All the best for 2017 - it really has started off with a bang for me! 

Lots of love and hugs 
Jennifer xx 

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