|The Banners of Hope project will be displayed in traveling exhibitions such as hospitals and nursing homes.|
The Craft and Hobby Convention and Tradeshow (CHA) is coming up really soon in Anaheim, California. All the best vendors will be there to show professional designers, instructors and store owners the latest and greatest in crafting supplies.
Unfortunately, I won't be attending, missing my first CHA event since I joined many years ago, but thanks to Charity Wings, I'll be able to participate in at least one part of the show. If you don't know about Charity Wings, click here and see one of the most amazing, selfless, charitable, giving group women I've ever met.
This year, Charity Wings is sponsoring Banners of Hope. The CHA Designer Members were invited to participate, providing 8" x 12" mixed media pieces which will be hung banner-fashion in the Charity Wings booth, so if you're attending, please be sure to stop by. You will be able to create your own banner on the spot, and these will become part of a mobile display, bringing art and hope to people who need it most.
The technique I chose to use is more of a fine art technique which I learned years ago from the extraordinary artist Louise Cadillac.
Part of my working background is being an electrical engineering draftsman for a utility company. I later became their graphic design artist, which reinforced the urge to keep things good and straight. That's why I was so happy when KellyCraft came out with the fabulous Get-It-Straight Laser Square and Docking Station. I didn't need a drafting table or t-square or straight edge clamped to a table anymore, plus it's portable and lightweight. It's one tool I can't do without. Now, back to the
Being able to keep my words straight with theGet-It-Straight Laser Square and docking station makes this a piece of cake to put together. I used it to not only keep the words straight, but also to form the folded edges of the banner fabric to the right size.
This technique can be used with photos, words, entire sentences, whatever you want to put on a canvas, paper or just about any other base. The catch: you can only use transparent acrylic paint. No craft paint, no "I'll-use-this-Ultramarine-Blue-because-I-already-have-it-and-it-looks-like-Pthalo-Blue" excuses. Transparent colors are the only way to do it, and I prefer Golden Acrylics. They may be a little more, but if you respect your work, you should use the best you can afford. You can use the small bottles of liquid or the larger tubes.
You can add as many layers as you like for this project. I have done paintings with as many as 40-50 layers. This piece was only made with about five layers.
Here's the quick and easy version if this technique:
- Canvas or paper banner, approximately 12" x 18"
- KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square and Docking Station
- Golden Acrylics: Matte Gel Medium, Nickel Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Magenta and Pthalo Blue
- Computer printout of phrase
- Foam rubber stamp, leaf
- Harlequin Stencil, Crafter's Workshop
- Aleene's OK to Wash It and Flexible Stretchable Fabric Glue
- Workable Fixative or Krylon Triple Thick Glaze
- Tools: scissors, sponges, brushes, pencil, white gesso
Tips: Be sure to allow all coats of paint to dry before adding another. This applies to the whole project. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the process, but it could dull your colors.
Note: Before I began painting, I folded all the edges of the canvas and made the 2" hanging pocket at the top of the banner.
|I put the straightest canvas edge against the right side of the Laser Square to get started and set the laser line at 2" from the top. I drew the line with a pencil, then folded and pressed it into place.|
|For the second fold, I lined up the first fold along the right side of the Laser Square. I continued this for the remaining edges to perfectly line up my edges and I had my 8" x 12" banner.|
|After the paint dried, I applied turquoise acrylic to the stamp then stamped randomly to create more texture.|
This was so much fun to create, and I hope it brings a smile to some faces. What about you? What would you use the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight-Laser Square and docking station to create?