I seem to be on a Christmas roll at the moment,
even though it is September. But if you want to make your own Christmas
decorations, or gifts, then you need to start early, especially if you
are using products that are not always in your stash.
This next project was inspired by everyone asking me for information on my tree canvas that I had loaded in the Gallery.
So I am going to do a step by step through the products that I use to decorate my new christmas canvas.
Firstly I prefer the back of a canvas
to the front, I love the fact that I have a built in shelf, that I can
put three dimensional things into. This is a deep edged canvas. I was
going to show a picture of the finished project, but then I thought
perhaps by not doing that yet, you will get some inpiration to make up
one of your own. I have used a 12x12 canvas.
Gesso. You can use Modelling Paste as well if you have it. It is better, but it is more expensive. So use what you can afford.
Then very gently pick up the template from two corners at once.
Now I know you are tempted to wash this off now, but if you are a
scrapbooker or art journal person, lay the stencil with the gesso side
face down on some cardstock, and then rub with a brayer, or rolling pin
gently, and the gesso will go onto the page, pull up the stencil, put
the paper aside to dry and then later on you will have a page ready to
spray or ink or well what ever you want for your next project. You can
wash your stencil now. Yes now you have to let it dry again for 12
paint, oh well, the brain wasn't really in gear. But that's okay because now we really get to play with some more cool products.
crackle medium time.
that has taken that bright blue away a bit, and I love it, but.... we
want layers and layers. Layers are important just like in scrapbooking
Glimmer mist was next, but I often use distress stain
to do the same trick. I find that it adds a really awesome look
quickly, I have used a brown and an aged brick, not too red, but enough
to help drop that colour down, especially in the cracks. This dries
really quickly,so use a heatgun very carefully if required (hair dryer
and rubbed all the edges and then again over the top of the whole
canvas. Then I rubbed some versamark ink over parts of the canvas, and
tipped on some distress embossing powder, then use a soft paintbrush to gently move it around, and then tip off the excess.
Finally I used a sealer,
to ensure that it doesn't flake if it gets knocked, and if those pesky
summer flies land on it, then it is able to be wiped. Sorry it was a
bit glossy and the photo was not as clear as I wanted it.
Now the fun part. Decorate it, (but that is next week's project!).
Here is another one I have done with similar techniques:
So go and get your hands dirty and create a canvas. Pop back next week for more messy fun!