Maritime Canvas

Hello, Friends!

Well, I have waited and waited to share this project with you, and the time has finally arrived! Waaaaay back in October, I announced that I had been chosen as a Crew Member in the Vintage Marketplace for Canvas Corp Brands.  Our first team challenge was to create a 4×4 canvas to represent us, and our style.  This was supposed to go live on December 1st, but the holidays, shipping problems, and CHA caused the deadline to be pushed back over and over again.  But the long awaited day has come, and here at last, is my Maritime Canvas.

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

I began by spraying the canvas with various mists from the Tattered Angels Maritime Paint System.  I then covered my canvas with images from the beautiful Maritime 6×6 paper collection.  The colors and images in this collection are so my style!  I just love them.  I added some charms and loads of shells that I’ve collected from our many long walks on the North Carolina Shore.

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

The letter tiles were in my stash….many a Scrabble game has been purchased at many a yard sale!  I inked these up with more of the mists, and then added an apothecary’s bottle, filled with sand and itty bitty shells to complete the vignette.

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

Kathy by Design/Maritime Canvas for Canvas Corp Brands

I wrapped the canvas with my favorite Natural Jute String.  It always makes me think of the sea!  And,can yousee the cute mini kraft bag and tag peeking out from between the fish and the sailor?  The seashell tag disappears down into the tag.  I always enjoy adding a little interactive element to my projects! I stamped the bag with the compass and embossed it in gold.  My seam binding ribbon was customized with more of the Maritime Paint system.

Oh, this Maritime Canvas makes me long for a walk along the shore! I’d freeze my head off right now…but soon…very soon!  And until then, I’ll look at this little canvas and dream of the sea!

Thanks for stopping by!



18 thoughts on “Maritime Canvas

  1. Lee Ann Barrett

    Oh my WOW, Kathy! This is gorgeous- this is so you; you were born to make canvases! I am now yearning for a vacation and wanting to go find some scrabble games at yard sales, 😉 The apothecary jar is the icing on the cake!

  2. Nancy Carroll

    This is just so awesome, love the scrabble tiles, apothecary bottle and shells, so many awesome layers and fun details.

  3. carol

    Gorgeous Kathy, it so reminds you of the sea, a perfect picture to make you want to be there. Love all the little shells nestled together. So clever x

  4. thecobweboriumemporium

    Ohhhh, Kathy!!! This is an amazing piece of artwork. I’m so in awe of you. Each new project that you share with us, I find myself coming to your blog and drinking in each tiny detail. Everything is so perfectly placed, and yet, you seem to be able to do it with such a natural ease. Me? I spend ages placing something ‘here’ then ‘there’ and then ‘over there’… and still not be sure that it’s the right thing anyway!

    My only wish is that we lived in the same country as each other, because I’d be round at your house, knocking on the door and asking …. “Can I buy this one from you, Kathy?”. It’s stunning and I absolutely love it.

    Congratulations on a truly breathtaking piece of art.
    Sending love, as always ~ Cobs. x

  5. Robin

    Kathy, love your sea canvas. It really speaks to who you are-an incredible artist, a fun-loving collector, and a woman calmed and soothed by the sea! Of course, I love all your tiny embellishments and your beautifully written words. This project & this posting are both treasures!

  6. soozyb2013

    Did you ever take courses in art? You really are the most talented lady I know. Your designs are just amazing and there is always something new to look at everytime I go back to that page. I am surprised that more companies aren’t “needing” your talents. Maybe they are, but you can only do so much right? You are always inspire me to get busy creating. I have be procrastinating forever in getting started, mainly because I have too many projects “open” that I want to finally finish before starting on another.
    Your work is always amazing to me Kathy! Have a great weekend.

  7. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, Supper WOW! what a gorgeous canvas collage. You touch all the beauty of sea side. So well done…. I never thought about the scrabble letters, thinking different now. Love all the texture. You are so creative and inspiring……have a good day….LOL

  8. Anne H.

    Kathy this is a masterpiece! What an amazing maritime collage. It’s fascinating to see how you mingled the personal elements with your product features ! The result is wonderful! Bravo!!

  9. Pamellia

    Honestly Kathy, I don’t understand why EVERY company hasn’t asked you to design for them, I know I would! Congratulations from the bottom of my heart! This is just such a wonderful canvas and it really does represent your style! All the wonderful little elements that you add, even if you think we might not be able to see them. This is the attitude of a true artist! love the itty bitty anchor charm dangling down the front. Love your Scrabble tiles, genius!! big hugs 🙂

  10. Darlene Pavlick

    What can I say? I am so proud of you and what you’ve accomplished! Your art work is amazing to me and I pick up a hint/tip with every visit! This is GORGEOUS and SO YOU!!! Like Diane said … love all those little details/tuck aways and the scrabble pieces are perfect! Congrats again on this wonderful adventure!

  11. Diane Hover

    Fantastic Kathy!!! Funny, but just the other day I was thinking about you being on this team and was wondering when a post would appear ( I almost emailed you and asked you the other day)…but lo and behold, here is your fabulous canvas!! Love, love all the details and tuck ins you are famous for! The scrabble games are always a wonderful find at the sales, I have a few tucked away myself!! Well, you can give yourself a big “pat on the back” for this one..perfection!!

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