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If you've been following along this week, you know it's Day 5 of the 

Ken Oliver Crafts - StencilGirl

blog hop.

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Today, it's my turn to show you how I've combined
elements from both teams.

Here's my project:

Fish 1


I started with a burlap canvas 

and used 


Fossil Fish

Pressed Leaves


Branching Blossoms


Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst

Stencil Pressed Flowers onto the canvas with white gesso

Fish A


Added my favorite Color Burst colors to a palette.

Color Burst is a very fine powder that can be mixed with

water, gesso, embossing paste and a myriad of other things.

What's nice about that?

You can mix colors and not *water down* the gesso or embossing paste.

Fish B

I mixed with water.

Less water = stronger colors.

More water = transparent colors.

Fish E

Then started to lay in colors to create shadows and highlights.

Fish F


Fish G

I worked with a fairly dry brush as I wanted intense colors.

Fish H

Blended until I got this:

Fish 2


Next up, the fossil.

This time I used a sponge dipped in water and then into

the Color Burst colors.

I used a piece of watercolor paper

and dabbed color onto the fossil stencil.

The sponge was barely wet.

Fish I

Fish J


Then cut around the fish.

Fish K


Using more Color Burst, Ken Oliver's Click-It Ink Pads

and a stipple brush, I added more color to the fish

as well as around the edges of the paper.

Fish L


When I was satisfied with the color,

I sprayed the fish with GooseBumps Clear Texture Spray.

The fish was raised up on the canvas to create more dimension.

Fish 3


Thanks for visiting my post.

Please leave a comment for a chance to

win a prize from my blog

and visit my other blog hop partners:

StencilGirl Talk

Janet Joehlin


Maria McGuire


Nicie Ibarra

Beautiful canvas!!! I like the fact that you can add the colors to the dry gesso.


thanks for sharing love the colours you have used they compliment each other so well

joy meadows

Thank you for the step by step of your process in creating this beautiful canvas! I am so intrigued by these color bursts and have loved everything I've seen this week.

Ann Werrner

Nancy, this is a beautiful piece, can just see it on the wall of a "favorite fisherman" . I really appreciate your tutorial showing the layering--gives it so much depth and dimension.

Christie Brooks

I have got to get this stencil of the fish! Loved your tutorial - making it look so easy.

Tina J

Thanks for the inspiration!


Definitely a new technique I would have never thought about. Thank you for the information!

Denise Huntington

Very pretty! Yours is the first project in the hip that used the Color Bursts more subtly. Thanks for the demo!

Robert Rosendale

Really love how the Fish and the background turned out.


OMGoodness~! Your project caught my eye as I love the texture of the burlap with that wonderful combination of gesso, molding paste and of course, the Color Bursts! Just Fabulous!

Mary Holshouser

Being married to a fisherman I've seen a lot of fish in my day and this one is wonderful. Love the coloring.
The finished project is beautiful.
thanks for sharing.

Jean Marmo

Wow- this is so cool! I need to create something like this for our cottage!

Caroline Duncan

Very fun canvas! lovely colors


great project!

Tasha Freeman

Your fish is awesome!

Jennifer Stevens

Wow! I just love all the dimension you've achieved with this! So beautiful and thanks for the chance to win these amazing colors too!


The fish is just beautiful! and the leaves ooooh im drooling :)

bea savellano

Thank u for the spnge tip...bea

Nancy Sapp

I LOVE the fish canvas! I totally agree that it would look GREAT on the wall of MY favorite "fisherman!" Ben would love it.
Grandma Nancy in central IL
sapps2luv (at) yahoo (dot) com


OMG Nancy! When I first viewed this project on Stencil Girl's blog I thought it was an embroidery! That's how dimensional it appears. I love it! It's way cool-thanks for sharing:)


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