Sunday, July 5, 2015

My Zombie Lady Image by Rick St. Dennis in Finnabair Style

I was so surprised when Rick St. Dennis drew this lovely zombie lady image for myself and Monique!  Monique has finished hers and it is a beautiful thing!  I was quiet intimidated by following up mine after seeing Mo's! But I wanted to do it so badly, I took a deep breath and went for it!

The canvas is a piece of chipboard, cardboard from shipping and other things works well for me also.  I smeared gesso on with my fingers on both sides to help with it trying to pull up in the middle, still does a bit but when framed I can fix that.  Then I adhered paper pieces doesn't matter what paper as it will be covered, and had some cardboard pieces that had gotten wet and separated quiet lovely so I added them to corners. Then the texture paste came out and 2 dragonflies were pasted and some numerical symbols.  I also just added texture paint around randomly especially on cardboard corners to adhere well.    I took DecoArt fluid acrylics in red, blue, yellow, and silver with a touch of black and put at top of canvas and misted until it ran the way I wanted it to and liked.  Such fun!  The more you mist the more different shades you get!  Then I sprayed with turquoise and blue shimmer spray, Recollections pink shimmer spray, and a green golden shimmer spray that I made from food coloring and the remains from a gold spray that kept clogging all the sprayers!!  Dry time! 

Then the real fun began! I took the colored and fussy cut image and adhered to the canvas.  I sealed her fate! with Ranger's Multi Medium Matte giving her two coats to prevent sprays from affecting her.  I colored her prior to putting on canvas with Prisma colored pencils and some Chameleon markers for her wounds!  After she was good and sealed! I started adding air dry clay pieces made from a fondant mold that I made my parent's 56th wedding anniversary cake with last December.  As I do not intend to bake again if I can help it!!! I used it to make my air dry pieces to adorn her hair in an updo reminiscent of Marie Antoinette.  I added pieces of jewelry, and bits and bobs given to me in a huge bag by my favorite aunt!  After having such fun with that I applied gesso to all the items and in spaces..then when dry I sprayed and resprayed using the above sprays.  I have been waiting 13 days for a delivery of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays for some lighter colors but alas they have not arrived so I took some silver and yellow fluid acrylics on my finger and used like a metallic rub.  This lightened her up quiet a bit.

I stamped two sentiments on canvas from VivaLasVegas Stamps:  "We are not like others" and No Newt is Good Newt!"  Then I stamped the other sentiment by the same company on a piece of
paper and took a circle punch to make little cutouts in the corners and sprayed with my green homemade spray. Then glued down.

 Her pearls are air dry Crayola clay with DecoArt's Liquid Glass applied on top giving them a lovely shiny finish just like glass!  I added a red skull bead on top of the skull drawing earring.  I also added an old looking chain to the pearl necklace to hang down her back.

Here you can see part of the stamp on her neck..and behind my name is another.  I placed them randomly around the canvas.  Her eyes and wounds and errr....mouth are glossed with Liquid Glass..Love the effect it gave her!

 Here is her updo!  The feathers will be replaced with real feathers and a chain but I couldn't find my feathers so I used die cuts. There are paper roses, skull bead, a little homemade bat from air dried clay!, and some pins (the lightening bolt/snake) also some pieces of sand dollars from my beach at my vacation home that resemble bones cross sectioned!  Also lock and key, and many other bits and bobs!

This is my favorite Finnabair style canvas so far!  But certainly not my last!  Thanks, Ania, for this awesome technique and the beauty and fun it produces!  Below are links to all things Finnabair on Facebook.

Happy Crafting!

I will be entering this in Altered Eclectics Challenge theme Anything Goes: Altered chipboard page.

Forever Dark 2 July "Anything Goes" 

STAMPlorations July Mixed Media Stencils


  1. Ah, fabulous lady ... and the piece is nice too, lol. In fact it's awesome. Loved the tutorial also ... so need to try this style.

  2. OMG!!!! This is beyond fabulous, Nan! Another technique I'm just dying to try. Love how you've colored Rick's glorious face and her hair elements are so stinkin' COOL! xxD

    1. It is so fun, Donna! I love that image and playing with her hair was just plain old fun! Thanks!xx

  3. hair and face are fantastic! xo

  4. Great mixed media canvas project. Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics.

  5. Awesome piece! I am dying to attempt mixed media canvas but am afraid to try! Thank you for the inspiration! We’re so pleased that you’ve dared to join us in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Forever Dark! Thank you for visiting the dark side! ~~Sammibug~~ DT Member For Forever Dark 2

    1. Thanks Sammi! Just dive in, it's the only way to do it! and no one can know if you meant it to look a certain way or not! :)

  6. Amazing detail and color! So happy you could join us at the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge!