Sunday, 26 June 2011

Sunday stampers: 160. More than Words.

Ever since I visited Venice I have been in love with it. On my last trip my hubbysand came with me and loved it as much as I do. I decided to make a canvas to try and capture some of the magic and I finished it today and am entering it for the Sunday stampers challenge as included are some Italian and English words:
new venice 004
I started with a 10"x12" canvas and painted on a thick layer of guesso. Then I adhered lots of different ornate papers which I painted over and rubbed down as every where you look in the city there are fabulous peeling paint layers. Then I stamped and layered images and added the gondolier. I tried lots of different masks, even a little one I bought back with me but in the end stamped the face mask I have owned for ages and then stamped the Virgin Mary. The words come from a foam alphabet set and from TJ Designs that I got from the Stamp Attic. Various other stamps come from Paperartsy and some images from a paper bag! I tried to keep the feel of water by using distress ink, and the wooden posts that are all along the canals are curtesy of my garden. The idea-ology frame balances the Cross I purchased in the awesome Basilica San Marco. For those of you who have visited Venice I hope it captures a little of the magic. I must go again some day, I wish I was rich enough to visit during the Carnival and dress in scarlet! The city is a glorious decadent faded rose and quite quite beautiful.
I am now on the hunt for a very ornate thick frame that I can guild and distress to finish it off! Arriverderci!


  1. Wow, incredible canvas! My hubby has been to Venice, but it was on business and I didn't get to go. :-( Would love to someday!

  2. Another creative masterpiece, it really tells a story and it took be back to when I was in Venice last year, lovely! ~ I look forward to seeing the real thing so make sure you bring it into work. It's been too hot and sticky to do anything today, but I'm not complaining! Have a good evening ~ love me xxxx

    ps. have sorted out the issue with leaving a comment.

  3. that's developed into a work of art, like what youve added, great piece.x

  4. Venice is looking gorgeous on your canvas hun... thanks for joining in with the Sunday sTamper xx

  5. Wonderful collage, looks really great.