Jan 21, 2015

Unique Laser Designs - Valentine

Welcome Bloggers!
I'm excited to announce my first project as a new
Design Team member
They specialize in wood laser designs.  You have to look at their site to see why I am so excited about them.  I've been anxiously awaiting to share 
with you all.
Starting with an 8X10 canvas that I prepped with white gesso. 

Luckily, I had some green tissue paper leftover from the holidays.
Tore some pieces and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the canvas.

After it dried, I then used white gesso on the canvas and on some of the embellishments I thought I would use for this project.  
I love gears and decided to use the micro gears.

After it was dry, I began to create layers of embellishments and then began to mount them onto the canvas using 
E6000 and a glue gun.

These hearts are from 
I was very excited when I received their package with embellishments.

This is how the canvas looked after I covered everything with gesso, I also used white acrylic paint in some areas that were a bit dull.  The photo I used was covered so that it would not get paint on it.  

I used Glimmer Mists, Candy Apple, Cross My Heart and 
Plain Jane's Baseboard which is also made by
Glimmer Mist.  
Distress Crackle Paint, Fired Brick was used on some of the corners.  After all the misting was completed and dried, I then used white Acrylic paint on a wide brush.   I brushed from the top of the canvas down using semi dry feathered strokes, going in one direction.  If you never did this, it will take a little practice to produce the look you want.

On this side of the canvas (above) I used a piece of a small terra cotta pot that was broken, added a small piece of styrofoam inside it to hold the little hearts with wire that I glued together.  I also coiled some silver and red wire and stuck them in there along with the floral hearts.  They look like metallic flowers.  

  I drew an outline of a shield onto chipboard and added the photo in the center.  Photo was covered the entire time I was creating the canvas.  Had some toy handcuffs laying around and decided to place them above the photo with a Prima flower in the center.

In the upper right hand corner, I mounted two wooden gears from Unique Laser Designs
and added a ball beaded chain around it.

 Most of the gears are from
As well as the word Love.

 The heart above is also from one of
Heart Shapes with cutouts.
 I added a piece of mesh and loaded it with micro gears.

Underneath the heart (above) is another
 gear that I used as a flower with a micro gear in the center.

I've had some small silk flowers and used them throughout the canvas.  

It's hard to see the word band above the photo that reads, 
'know in your heart you are loved'.
The lips around the photo also come from

I used layered pieces of burlap (also used gesso) and topped it with the letter "S" which was made out of grunge board.   You can see I also added micro gears on it.  Those of you who follow me know I always use gears in my projects.

This close up shows you a piece of laced ribbon that was placed behind the gears.  

Heres a close up of the ball beaded chain on the upper right hand corner which surrounds the heart.   

Can you see the little hanger on the handcuff? 

More gears surrounding the top of the key with the word 'heart' and the 'XO' on top of a small sewing machine bobbin. 

A timepiece layered with gears,  and an arrow.  

After everything was dry, I added some Distress Crackle Paint onto the corners.  I just love that crackle effect.

The last two things I did to the canvas was spray it with
a can of Clear Acrylic, (leaves a soft matte coating on the canvas) and I used Glossy Accent Crackle, but I think the crackle was no good because it didn't crackle, which bummed me out because I placed it on the wings, shield frame, the keys and words... oh well, like Tim says, 'embrace your imperfections.'

I can only hope that your visit here was a pleasant one and that you were inspired by my project.
Kindly take a minute to visit the
 store and view their collection of some really great laser cut wood embellishments.
By the way, they also have a blog!
 It was nice having you visit, do come back!
Supplies Used
gesso, acrylic paint, tattered angels, glimmer mists, micro gears, tissue paper, mod-podge, glossy accent, burlap, trim lace ribbon, prima flower, wire, toy handcuffs, hot glue gun, E6000 adhesive, florets, beads landing mini lock, wire mesh, wire, small terra cotta pot, red heart, ideaology findings, paint brushes, clear acrylic spray, 
crackle paint, pieces of burlap.


Katy said...

This is very cool!! :)

n1sunrider said...

Thank you Katy!