I love working with different textures. One of my favorite surfaces to work on is stretched primed canvas. To me it is a ready to go surface, just waiting for loads of loveliness to happen. The project I will share today is created on an oval shaped canvas. Here is what it will look like when I am finished
My list of materials:
- Heat Gun
- Glue Gun
- VersaMark Ink and Clear Embossed
- Fabric yo yo flowers
- Material for a ruffle, rhinestones,Thickers and other bits of sparkle
- Coordinating trim
- Oval canvas
- Twinkling H20's: #26380 Pearlesque Twinkling H2Os Kit, #26379 Plum Berry Twinkling H2Os Kit, #26363 Petite Twinkling H20's Solar Gold
- Chipboard strip of hearts that have been sealed
- #26445 Hot Cinnamon Dauber
Here is what the blank canvas looked like when I began ~
I used the lovely sparkly twinks in the opal shades to give the canvas a bit of subtle sparkle and sheen before I began adding items to the canvas ~
Can you see the sheen? I used Pearlesque Gold, Pearlesque Oyster, and a smidgen of Pearlesque Red. Next I added a swirly bit of Solar Gold. I used plenty of water in the Solar Gold twink pot so I had sparkle, but not a lot of color (more translucent). I randomly streaked it across the canvas to add a bit of interest without overwhelming the opal twinks used on the canvas. Next, I put a punched out chipboard strip (that I saved from a previous project) on top of my dry canvas (use your heat gun if you don't want to wait the few minutes it takes the canvas to dry). You can see I coated the chipboard with a bit of glossy accents so the chipboard holds the shape. I can reuse it over and over again. You can probably see the chipboard was tinted with a Radiant Rain Hot Cinnamon dauber before I punched out the shapes too. Now it stays a lovely pinkish red all the time because of the sealant. :)
Next I began painting the heart shapes inside the chipboard. I used Ruby Red to paint the hearts, then flipped the chipboard to the other side of the canvas and painted a crossing row ~
One of the great things about painting on primed canvas is that it is very forgiving. If I don't like the color I can spray with water and wipe it off. For areas that bled a little I just took a wet Q-Tip and traced around the heart shape. Perfect!
Next, I took out some acrylic stamps and began playing. I tried painting twinks and stamping, and also used VersaMark ink and clear embossed.
Keep layering until you are happy with your canvas piece. When you are happy, it is time to add a ruffle to the canvas! I doubled the width of the ruffle I wanted, then added an extra 1/2" for stitching. So if you want a 2" ruffle for instance, double it (4") then add 1/2" (4 1/2"). Easy peasy to adjust it to whatever size you want. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, then stitch a long basting stitch 1/4" in from the edge ~
Once your fabric has been adjusted, flip your canvas over, and hot glue the ruffle into place ~
Now it is time to cover those staples on the edge of the canvas. I selected some coordinating trim from my stash, and hot glued it into place. You can see I am almost finished gluing the trim here ~
Do you like my striped fleece pants? :) I used my knee to hold the canvas at an angle as I glued the trim in place. I frequently work on the floor, or where ever I can find room in my full-of-stuff-crafty area.
Alrighty, back to the canvas. Here is the canvas once the ruffle and trim are glued into place ~
I have glued on rhinestones and other bits of sparkle (including dangle beads). I have also used the Pewter and Solid Gold Twinks to make a little dotted trail down the side of the canvas. This helps to tie things together a bit more. Time to add ribbons for hanging and decoration now! Add as much or as little as you wish ~
Can you see where I used my Pewter Twink to fill in the stamped XOXO? One of the things I really love about twinks is the fact that I can make the paint as translucent as I want. If I want a thicker paint, add a bit of water and let it sit for a longer amount of time. Stir it with your brush, and add a bit more water drop by drop if needed. Lovely sparkly paint that you can easily use.
Here is the whole finished piece ~
Give it a try! I can't wait to see what you will do with canvas and some lovely sparkly twinks! Have a joyful and creative day ~ Pam
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