Saturday, 26 March 2011

It ain't what you do...

it's the way that you do it, and that's what gets results

OK now that you've got another cheesy 80's pop song stuck in your head, I'll move on :)

This is going to be a how to post (yes, I do them occasionally)

Some of you may remember that last year I joined in with a circle journal/round robin with a raven theme. Although some of the journals are still on the go, I'm one of the fortunate ones who's journal is already complete and returned. As a thank you I decided to create an altered canvas for each of the ladies who contributed to my journal (and not a raven in sight). The five canvases featured here are for those in the states, there's a couple more to be made, but they don't have as far to travel.

You will need:
Mounted canvas or canvas board (these are 7x5)
Tissue paper, clear and coloured
PVA glue
Acrylic paint
Distress inks
Waterproof ink pad
Large (feature) stamp

Take 2 acrylic paints (chosen randomly) and apply to canvas. Allow to dry
Add book pages, or background stamp (if required). Stamp feature image onto coloured tissue paper. Apply tissue paper to canvas using diluted PVA glue. Work in well with brush to pick up canvas texture.
When dry, age the canvas using Distress inks. Apply with enough pressure to rub through the tissue and expose the canvas and background images.
Stamp feature image onto white tissue, and when dry place over previously stamped image. Using diluted PVA work into the canvas. Again, distress the tissue to allow the lower layers to show through.
Using Distress inks age the canvases again. When dry, stamp main image onto thin tissue (single ply works best) and carefully fix on top of previous images. Warning - single ply is very delicate and will easily disintegrate.
When dry (again) age with distress inks and alcohol inks. Distress with emery board/sandpaper.
Add embellishments


  1. These are great Nigel..the girls in the US will be thrilled. thanks for the tutorial.

  2. These are fantastic Nigel. Those colours are wonderful. Very arty background textures too. Px

  3. Lovely canvasses-the ladies will love them. And thanks for the clear tutorial too-methinks a play afternoon is on the cards for me!

  4. My God!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am a bit speechless.

    I can't believe how the painted canvasses you showed us the other day have transfromed themselves into these 'edible', textural works of art.
    I am a bit impressed and admiring of them. It is just the kind of art I wish I could just 'do'.
    Thank you so much for the detailed instructions. The texture is incredible.

    Sue x

  5. Absolutely amazing! Delicious colours and textures....wooow! I am going to have to try this myself...Just as well you didn't post this project as one of those "don't try this at home" things...hehehe x

  6. WOWZA !! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing technique here, Nigel ! Oh those canvases are SO Gorgeous !! It's really interesting to see the steps and this is an amazing post and art work ! Have a fantastic day or evening :))))
    Hope your 3 canvases drying well =)

  7. WOW! These are beautiful, and I soooooo appreciate that you've stepped them out for us. I will certainly have to give this a try, since I'm a bit "canvas-phobic." Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial.

  8. LOVE THIS!!!!! The layering adds so much, and it is really neat to see the progression! This is the post that should be titled DO try this at home!!! My favorite part though is the way you labeled them, and the microscope glass frames, too cool for school! GREAT inspiration, great post!