I hate picking favorites from the guests I have had through the years on Craft Lab, but I must say that Alisa Burke was one of those guests that blew me away. Some guests I have more in common with stylistically than others and Alisa was one of those people who’s style I was immediately drawn to. What’s not to love about upholstering a chair with canvas using graffiti techniques? Before I met Alisa I thought canvas was something you painted a picture of a fruit bowl on, stretched over some boards and hung on a wall to be admired. I walked away from the episode inspired and excited about her technique and full of ideas about how I could incorporate canvas into my own designs.
Fast forward a bit and a package arrives at my door from Alisa. The package was a handmade purse with a ton of colors, graffiti stylings, stenciled geisha girls – everything I could ever want in a purse and I had to fight my friends off to keep them from stealing it from me. The purse got me even more excited thinking that these techniques could be incorporated into jewelry which is always the way to my heart. Then a copy of Alisa Burke’s book Canvas Remix came across my desk and I about squealed with excitement. Not just one copy, two copies, one to give away to a lucky winner right here on the blog so you should be squealing with excitement too.
Canvas Remix: Techniques for Creating Mixed Media Accessories is available from North Light Books. The eye catching book has over 20 projects using Alisa’s signature graffiti style on everything from jewelry and purses to art dolls and ornaments. I’m of course partial to the projects like the Scrapped and Wrapped Bracelet and the Graffiti Drops Earrings, but after seeing Alisa reupholster a chair up close and personal the projects in the Home Remix chapter also caught my attention.
After my 3 day crafting spree with Traci Bautista last year where we made collage style paper, jewelry and art I feel like I have a good foundation under my belt for several of the collage techniques Alisa discusses in Canvas Remix. With this experience and a copy of Canvas Remix all that was holding me back was getting my hot little hands on some canvas that could run through my computer printer and Claudine Hellmuth and her Sticky- Back Canvas solved that problem quick enough! Art dolls here I come. Now I just have to decide if I want to try Anna’s Heart-Art Doll or the Messy Monsters.
Canvas Remix tells you everything you need to know to get the hipster urban chic look of graffiti without touching a can of spray paint or leaving your craft studio. Almost 40 pages of techniques covering everything from making your own stencils to transferring images will have you remixing canvas into your own designs in a jiffy. So add this book to your wish list fer sure, but be sure to leave us a comment right here for your chance to win a copy of Canvas Remix: Techniques for Creating Mixed Media Accessories by Alisa Burke. Tell me something about graffiti to win the book. Have you tried your hand at these techniques before? What did you make? Is there a graffiti artist in your town who paints smiling candy corn everywhere like we have in Austin? Did you once read something hilarious on the wall of a truck stop bathroom? I’m looking for graffiti stories of any kind and next Monday we will announce the lucky winner.