03 AugNot My Circus

We’re hopping again!  You can start at the beginning at the Imagine If Blog, and if you’ve come from Katrina’s blog then you’re in the right place.

I saw this saying recently: ‘Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys’, great way of putting it and something I need to remind myself!  And what better way than on a canvas with the Imagine If monkeys?


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I wanted a distressed background with a big top, and decided the best way to achieve this was with an image transfer.  I prepped my canvas with a layer of gesso (like all canvases), and once dried I used a black and white image off a big top and multi medium gel to do the transfer.  It does take a bit of time to get all the paper off, and there are a couple of spots where the picture is also coming off, but that’s part of the look.

Once the image transfer was completed I painted my stripes on the edges, bringing the paint over the tattered edge of the image, making it look like the edge of fabric.

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 While I was painting, I also painted the monkeys (three in a row), and the banners – both Imagine If chipboard.  I also painted a piece of cardstock in the same red.  Once this was dry I was able to print the words on it and cut them out, keeping the colour through the canvas cohesive, I used a circus-style font for this.

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Once all the paint was dry and the letters cut out, I started to assemble the canvas.  I stuck the banners and monkeys on with popdots, giving a sense of height and movement.  The monkeys started out swinging from the banner (naughty monkeys that they are!).

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Then the second set attached themselves to the first row.

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I can’t even keep these monkeys under control, and they are my monkeys!

This is a fun saying, a fun canvas, and a great reminder.

Next you’re off to see Lilian’s Mini Album, but before you go, make sure you comment on this post and enter into the draw to win some lovely felt flowers from Imagine If…

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10 Responses to “Not My Circus”

  1. Brenda says:

    fabulous idea, it must be gorgeous in person, great idea doing the image transfer

  2. carol says:

    I love your canvas , and that is a fun technique you used. I think they look better when you lose a few little bits of image.

  3. Glennis says:

    That is so cool.

  4. tracey wynne says:

    i think this canvas is awesome

  5. Jo says:

    very cool, looks so fun.

  6. Tricia Collins says:

    A fun filled canvas here, lots of fun to be had!

  7. Marilyn says:

    Like it – it looks fun

  8. Debbie Groot says:

    Looks great! Well done

  9. debbie wyatt says:

    Love the colours and the fun aspect really awesome

  10. Teresa says:

    Cute ♥

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