Guest Designer Iris R

From time to time we like to invite one of our followers to be a Guest Designer for a month and in June our Challenge prize was to be our Guest Designer in August.  Iris was our winner and today we want to introduce you to this great source of inspiration. Please join us in welcoming Iris  to the Canvas Corp Brands blog.

Every month the Crew hosts a different challenge that everyone is welcome to enter and have a chance for prizes, gift cards and even the opportunity to be a guest designer.  Follow us on Instagram, Facebook or join us in our Facebook Group the Canvas Corp Brands Collective for all the details and new challenges.

Where are you from? 

I live in the Washington DC metro area, but grew up on the southwest in Arizona.

How would you describe your design style? 

Vintage, Industrial /Steampunk, little grungy, contemporary at times.

How long have you been creating? 

For 7 years.

 What is your go to product right now? 

Black/White gesso, acrylic paints, super fine sandpaper

Do you have a signature touch you like to include in all your pieces?

I like to include a key, in all my projects, if possible.

What advice would you give to someone who gets in a creative slump?  

Try something new just for the difference, where no big commitment or added expense is required. For example if you’re used to mostly making layouts, alter a box (use a discarded box or get a paper mache box for a couple of bucks) and use embellishments from your stash. You just might end up making that perfect gift for that special someone. Keep an art journal and play in it. If you find yourself with no idea what to create. Make a pages with just texture using mediums, collage paper, fabrics, lace, stencils, or use elements in nature and paint it using a limited pallet, using 2 or 3 colors. When you are done, maybe you’ll discover that something you did would look great in your other projects. If a concept enters mind, follow it; might be your muse. Maybe you got it in your head the concept of circles. Then make circles; little one, big ones, filled in, empty ones, wonky ones, patterned one, you get the idea. These are exercise I’ve done and found helpful.

What is the oddest inspiration you have used for one of your projects? 

Wish bone from the Thanksgiving Turkey.

Tell us one thing that people might not know about you.  

I can do the following at the same time: Tap my head with one hand, rub my belly with the other hand, cross my eyes, roll my tongue, and walk backwards. Five things at the same time; how’s that for multitasking.

How often do you create? 

Everyday, even if it’s only for 15 minutes or hours.

Do you jot down your ideas before you do them or do you create as you go? 

I keep ideas stored in the old noodle and I create as I go

Iris created this fantastic piece inspiered by our on going challenge “Let´s Visit the Cinema”.

These products where included in Iris prize pack:

Canvas Corp Heirloom Sweing on Ivory 12×12 paper
Canvas Corp Heirloom Cameras on Ivory 12×12 paper
Canvas Corp Scissors on Ivory 12×12 paper
Canvas Corp Stretched Natural Burlap – 4 x 4

7gypsies Atchitextures Short Base Clock

Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist London Fog
Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist Monolith

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Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

'Guest Designer Iris R' have 3 comments

  1. August 18, 2017 @ 10:41 am Linda Simpson

    Fabulous work of art and great interview too!
    Linda xxx


  2. August 20, 2017 @ 2:32 pm Nancy

    Wow, what a neat design, so clever & creative! Congrats Iris, well done!!! ???


  3. August 21, 2017 @ 8:58 pm Patti

    Absolutely gorgeous!


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