Wednesday, January 26, 2011

First canvas - 2 posts in one day!

In this month's Craft Stamper, Rachel Jackson made a lovely canvas project, which spurred me on to have a go, as I have never made a canvas before. I didn't have any of the same paints or stamps, so it looks completely different, but I had a go at the techniques.

I have used a 8 x 8 canvas and started by mixing 'painterly pink' and 'trad tan' Claudia Hellmuth studio paints and covered the whole canvas. It was a bit sticking plaster colour, bit too pink, so I then dry brushed trad tan over again in light patches which toned it down a bit. I had a bubble wrap stamp in my stash which I then stamped all over in various patches with adirondack espresso ink.

Rachel had made up a spritz using red and brown paints and matt multi medium but I didnt have those so I used a squeeze of the medium and then a blob on the end of a lollipop stick of gold dabber paint and viva blackberry croco. It's the first time I have ever made my own paint spritz, but it seemed to work ok! I put the title letters (Tim Holtz grungeboard) and Tim's flourish mask on the canvas and then sprayed away! I hardly ever do messy crafts so I really enjoyed this! Finally I painted with white dabber paint and the espresso ink to create highlights on the letters and the flourish, and added dusts of gold perfect pearls to the corners. The stamps are Creative Impressions, stamped onto pale beige card in espresso, and highlighted lightly with copics and glossy accents. I'm not sure about the glossy on the cowboys now, but I'm not taking it off again now. Lace sprayed with a bit of the spritz and a couple of twine tied buttons finish it off.

Everything I used is from Craft Den, except the bubble wrap stamp from my stash.
I hope you like!


  1. That is really clever loving it
    Sarah - Stressed Stamper

  2. Bet you got really messy with this Kathryn. Loving the colours and the images are just perfect! Chanelle xxx

  3. Love your take on it Kathryn. The colours are gorgeous. Think we all have a new addiction! lol Enjoyed last night. Lynne x

  4. wow Kathryn this is gorgeous, sounds like you had fun getting messy. xsarahx

  5. Hi kathryn
    great butterflie book love the things you make they always look so right, the colours, images and embelishments, so good happy crafting jillxx

  6. Hi Katy, Wow how clever are you! a beautiful project. The bubble stamp is so effective.
    Thanks for you lovely comment on my blog and for you mention of me on your blog.. Hope you've had a good weekend.

  7. this is great, i keep wanting to do another this will give me the push x sue x

  8. Your canvas looks great...I was inspired by the same article in Craft Stamper, but wasn't brave enough to try the 'shadowing' effect!! You're welcome to take a look anyway!! xx