Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Style - Gabrielle Pollacco - Mood Board inspiration WITH A TUTORIAL

Hello my dear Dusty Attic Fans, Gabrielle here with you today! Do you ever look at your pile of old stash that you've had building up over the years and think, what will I ever do with this item?  Years ago when I first started out scrapping I had bought some LARGE Prima blooms, I think I might have used one or two of them on a page but these blooms are seriously BIG, lol.  I finally found a fun way to use them!  I had been browsing around on Pinterest and saw this artist from Singapore named Grace Ciao who does her artwork with real live fresh flowers.  I thought her artwork is really beautiful but thought it's sad that the blooms will die (I think she takes photos of her work and uses those).  Anyway, it got me to thinking that it would be fun to use those old fabric petals that I had in my stash from those many years ago to create a fun mixed media style canvas.  (You can use any fabric or paper flower petals for this project, I was just happy to find a good use for my old stash! :)

I was also looking to use this months (February's) Inspiration Board from Dusty Attic....so I gathered together a few of my favorite Dusty Attic chipboard pieces and colors from this palette from my Shimmerz Paints, and got to working.  Here is a step by step Video Tutorial I put together on how I made this project...enjoy!

This project was a lot of fun to create!  I began by quickly drawing up a figure, which I then traced out onto a piece of neutral color paper.  Here is a copy of my figure, just right click on the photo and 'save image as' to your computer, then print out for your own use...

Here are a couple close up shots of the canvas. ...

I used Tombow adhesive to apply the petals to my project but on hindsight think I would use a different fabric/craft glue (like Aleene's) for this next time....I feel like the Tombow seeped through the fabric of my petals and left a bit of a subtle stain. (I will definitely be trying this out again! :)

Here is a list of the basic products I used to make this canvas:

Dusty Attic Chipboard:
~ Corner Flourish #3
~ Elegant Flourish #3
~ Feathers
~ Bookman ABC Set

Shimmerz Paint Products:

- Tuscan Sun Spritz
- Treasured Hymn Spritz
- Pumped up Purple Coloringz
- Razzle Dazzle Berry Vibez
- Don't Be Suede Vibez
- Have a Grape Day Texturez
- Marooned Over Miami Texturez
- Coral Me Crazy Dazzlerz
- Ruby Lost Her Slippers Inklingz
- Miner Miner 49er Inklingz

You can now shop for Dusty Attic Chipboard directly from their online store (open to both wholesale and retail), here ~~> Dusty Attic Website
You can also find Dusty Attic in the USA at these two fine online shops....

If you would like to play along in this months Inspiration Board Challenge be sure to link your project at the Dusty Attic blog, there is a link in the top right hand corner.  It's fun to play along and have a chance at the AMAZING $100.00 Gift Certificate to the Dusty Attic Online Shop!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the canvas and loved watching you create it!

  2. Wow! Wow! Wow! Gabi, your work is amazing. And thank you so much for being so generous with your ideas and even sharing templates. xxx

  3. Ooooooooh my goodness! Absolutely gorgeous! I would give anything to have just a quarter of your talent.