Saturday, 10 January 2015

Peace Canvas - Gabrielle Pollacco - with a TUTORIAL

Hello Dusty Attic Fans!  Gabrielle here with you today! I just got back from a little R and R up at my brother's lake house over the holidays, and got playing with some of my new (and old favorite) Dusty Attic chipboard pieces and a variety of beautiful Shimmerz Paints!  I created a Video Tutorial for this one (see below) so you can follow step by step how this one was made :)

I used the inspiring January Moodboard from Dusty Attic to create my canvas design.  The idea is to use the photo, colors and descriptive words to launch your creativity.  If you would like to play along with us and create a project using the moodboard, be sure to add your link to the right side column at the top of this blog. The only set rule to play along in this monthly challenge is to use the Moodboard as your inspiration and that you must use Dusty Attic chipboard in your project.  An awesome prize of a $100.00 gift voucher is up for grabs each month! That is a whole lotta gorgeous chippies, who wouldn't want a shopping spree like that!

Here is a list of the Dusty Attic chipboard pieces I used for my 'Peace' Mixed Media canvas:

- Number Grid (small)
- Skeleton Clock Frames Set
- Monarch Butterflies
- Vine Borders
- Jumbo Cogs
- Cogs #1
- Mini Cogs
- Sea Gulls
- Swirly Vines #4 Small
- Mini Grasses
- Elegant Swirl #13
- 'Peace' Title Chippie
- Vintage Keys

I carefully chose colors to match the colors in the Dusty Attic Moodboard, here are the Shimmerz Paint colors I chose to create the canvas design:
- Tuscan Sun Sprtiz
- Don't Be Suede Coloringz
- Heidi Ho Blue Coloringz
- A Shade of Grey Coloringz
- Moody Mauve Coloringz
- Spiced Cider Blingz
- Good As Gold Inklingz
- Blue My Mind Inklingz
- Gosh Garnet Inklingz

So now, grab yourself a cup of coffee/or tea,....I've created a Video Tutorial so you can watch step by step how I made this mixed media canvas design...Enjoy!...

I hope you enjoyed watching my video tutorial.  It's always fun to create a mixed media project with Dusty Attic chipboard!  I chose nature elements like butterflies, birds, grasses and vines to reflect the tranquil, peaceful feeling the moodboard created for me.  Here are a few close-ups of the project...

I always love to combine mechanical elements like clocks and cogs with nature elements like butterflies, vines and birds.

Here you can see a close-up of some of the textures and colors that I added to the project.

Adding adhesive gems is a fun way of adding a new dimension to your chipboard pieces.

And finally a full front view of the canvas design.  I hope I've inspired you to give a mixed media canvas a try!  

.....AND....Dusty Attic has great news this month!  If you didn't already know, Dusty Attic now has a new Website, where both Retail and Wholesale orders can be put in!  That's right, you can now order directly from Dusty Attic.  And to start everyone off with a great new year, Jennifer Hedger has a Special for the month of January!  20% Off all Wholesale AND Retail orders!  Just use the
 coupon code: happy2015
and you will receive 20% off your whole order!

Thanks for stopping by the Dusty Attic Blog today, hope you have a chance to play along in our monthly challenge and get a chance at that awesome prize! xo

You can find me at:  Such A Pretty Mess


  1. Totally gorgeous! Love the design, the colors,'s a masterpiece! Haven't watched the video yet, but know it will be great.

  2. Wow! This canvas looks wonderful! Really loved the video too, pretty colors and love the inspiring... Thank you!

  3. All your art pieces are amazing and totally beautiful, and your color combos are perfect each time.

  4. Stunning! Colours are fantastic. TFS x

  5. Just found this fabulous canvas - love, love, LOVE the colour combo.