Inspired by Michelle Webb

Published January 12, 2013 by isisimaginings

Good Saturday evening, blog visitors, hope you’re enjoying your weekend so far.  Isn’t it chilly?  Apparently, we’re to have snow tomorrow.  Meh.

Today’s project was indeed inspired by this post on the PaperArtsy blog, from their guest designer for this week,  Michelle Webb.  She has shown us amazing & beautiful projects, using stencils, PaperArtsy stamps & Fresco Finish paints & you really should take a look.

I chose an 8×8 canvas to work on & I had an idea of what I wanted to achieve, but as usual, it didn’t work out as I planned.  Here’s the first attempt………


It’s a disaaaaster, dah-ling.  I knew as soon as I lifted off the damask stencil that I’d messed it up, but kept going in the hope of rescuing it.  It could not be rescued.  Much too busy – I need to learn when to STOP adding stuff –  and the background paint seeped through onto the face.

So on to the second canvas, (luckily I had another one).  This is still not what I wanted, but I think it’s an improvement.  The photos are RUBBISH, I took dozens from all over the house & these were the best of a very bad lot.


I used the following;


Fresco Finish Paints:

  • Mermaid
  • Beach Hut
  • Nougat
  • Snowflake
  • Lilac
  • Eggplant
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Brown Shed




After putting the texture paste through the Swiss dots stencil, I dried it with my heat tool, until it bubbled, left it to cool slightly & then burst the bubbles.


I had finished when I thought of adding the gold liquid pearls to the image.  I think it was the right decision.


So, my thoughts on this.  It’s ok.  It’s better than the first one, less busy; more open spaces are a GOOD THING.  But.  And I don’t know what the ‘but’ is, so I shall live with it for a while & see what thoughts occur.

I really like working with Fresco Finish paints.  They’re such good quality, so easy to use, (with anything from a brush to a baby wipe), they dry with a heat tool & the colours are beautiful.  And I need more colours, especially the bright ones – see this project from Michelle, aren’t the colours gorgeous?

Ok, I have waffled on enough.  If PaperArtsy are new to you, please visit their blog & website & watch Leandra’s excellent  technique videos on their YouTube channel.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Until next time,

Love & light.

18 comments on “Inspired by Michelle Webb

  • Sometimes it’s. good thing to leave something and go back to it another time. I like th perls that you added to the lady. How about some glimmer mist type of spray to finish it?

  • Less busy, more open spaces – yes, good points. In my experience, though, a good composition with have some overlapping of major shapes. This helps to draw the eye through the piece instead of stopping at just one section. Also, I can never take a picture that shows exactly what my piece looks like, that takes a real professional. Your photos are fine and so is your artwork and I really enjoyed your post.

    • Hello & thank you. I agree with your comments, there’s nothing that draws the whole together. I think I was so afraid of going too far, that I ended up being overly cautious. I’ll look at it again tomorrow & maybe add some more stencilling/stamping.

  • Glad you stayed with it Kirsten and were inspired to join in the PA challenge. My eyes were immediately drawn to the texture of the swiss dots, really adds dimension to your background.

  • Hi Kirsten, I like the first canvas, when stencils go splodgey underneath like that, I usually give a light sanding, then come over the top with white. For example, you could sponge it over and start again, or you could bump, this would still allow some of the orangey colour to be seen, but also knock it back a little, so it’s not so do, in fact, it’s not too late, you could still do that. At the end of the day, it’s all practise, nothing is wrong, you just figuring out what works better for you, and what you prefer. If you don’t have a go, then you are not going to find out 🙂 . The LP stamp on both looks great (I like a blue face) but the pearls are a genius addition! Thanks so much for sharing with us!! Xx

    • Morning, Leandra! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment & with such helpful advice too. I really appreciate it. It’s frustrating when I’ve got an idea, but can’t get it from my brain to the canvas/journal/whatever. But as you say, if I don’t try….. I think I’ll gesso over the first canvas & start again. Thanks again, have a lovely Sunday.

  • I think both canvases look great to be honest, and I kinda like the first one, but I know all about things not going to plan, one of my PA projects ended up in the bin I hated it so much lol

    • Hello Nicky, apologies for not the delay in posting your comment, it got lost along with Michelle’s. Thank you for the kind words. Believe me, the first canvas very nearly ended up in the bin. And still might, if I can’t figure out what to do with it.

  • Ooh, gorgeous 🙂 loving the texture paste and the stamped lady, aren’t those gold pearls fab! I have the white one and never really like how it looks but the gold looks awesome 🙂

    • Hi Gayle, thank you! I found the Viva Decor gold liquid pearls in my stash before Christmas quite by accident, but what a find! It looks great on everything & dries very quickly too. I highly recommend it.
      Kirsten x

  • Oh please tell me you still have the first one? It’s great Isi. You must like some of it? If I feel like this about something I do I add more layers but like Leandra say’s dampen it down with some white paint or gesso first before adding more layers. I also really like the damask blue pattern too. I love the texture of the swiss dots, and the gold finish on them is lovely. Do you know what I really like? I like that the damask pattern comes through on her face, it makes her more interesting. Thank you so much for linking up with the challenge and for all the wonderful comments you have given me. I’m honoured that you’ve been inspired by the projects I’ve done on the PaperArtsy blog this past week, please don’t stop I really love seeing what you’ve been doing. Take car, Michelle xx

    • Morning, Michelle, sorry for the delay in ‘approving’ your very kind comment, it got lost in my inbox. I still have the first canvas, but apart from the texture paste, I still don’t like it. It’s all too neat & tidy. I’ll do something with it at some stage, just don’t know what yet.

  • I really like some of the helpful hints you’ve got on design and construction. Looking at your canvasses I also have a couple of suggestions. When looking at your canvas my eyes are drawn outwards in opposite directions to the placed quote and the lady and then they float off beyond them and my eyes get confused on what i should be focussing on. I like to try and group the embellishments (quotes, images etc) more together and leave more space at the edges, so that my eyes are drawn in. I also try and put a frame at the edge of the work with paint, ink, stitching to stop my eyes wandering off. I think Leandras idea of going over with a wash and starting again is good and perhaps trying some of the ideas is well worth having a go, it’s only paint and you won’t be using loads- its all learning. Jo xx

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