Last weekend when I was creating my January tag for 12 tags of 2015 I was having so much fun I was inspired to create a canvas. I have made smaller canvases before for my One Little Word and I also offer custom canvases through etsy. This time I was inspired to get super artsy and try some different techniques. A lot of the techniques were similar to what Tim Holtz taught in his January Tag.
So let’s get started!
Step 1: I had a 6×12 canvas that I had already put super heavy gesso on. I used Gel Matte Medium to adhere some Postale Tissue Paper in some spots.
Step 2: With my finger I started spreading on some Distress Paints in Peacock Feathers and Wild Honey.
Step 3: I spritzed the canvas with water to help blend the paints together. I mixed them a bit with my finger and picked up the canvas letting some of the paints drip then heat set.
Step 4: Using Tim Holtz Rays Layering Stencil and Ranger Texture Paste– I put some on the canvas, and because I am impatient I heat set it.
Step 5: I spritzed Wild Honey Distress Ink Sprays on the texture paste. I used a paper towel to soak up the ink in between the rays
Step 6: I heat set the Texture Paste
Step 7: I spritzed some Vintage Photo Distress Ink Sprays here and there on the canvas. Letting it drip and pool and heat setting it when I liked the way it looked. I did this on the sides of the canvas as well
Step 7: Using Tim’s Chevron Layering Stencil I put some Chevrons on the canvas with Ranger Texture Paste. Heat set the Texture Paste.
Tip: Don’t worry too much if you get paste where you don’t want it, once you remove the stencil it is easy to wipe away any of the paste that you want. I did this a bit where I had too many chevrons going down the canvas.
Step 8: Spritz the Chevron Texture Paste with Peacock Feathers Distress Stain Spray. Blot with a paper towel in between the chevrons. Heat set.
Step 9: Using Numbered Layering Stencil and Umber Dina Wakley Paint, I stenciled on “2015” going up the edge of the canvas.
Tip: use a stiff bristled brush when stenciling with paint, that way the paint wont seep under the stencil. I love Dina Wakleys brushes for this!
Step 10: Spread Ranger Texture Paste through Tim Holtz Bubble Layering Stencil. Just here and there.
Step 11: Heat set the Texture Paste.
Step 12: Spritz with Vintage Photo Distress Stain Spray. This time I didn’t blot any ink away. Heat Set the paste.
Note: I really think I just added the bubble stencil because I was enjoying just how yummy the paste and sprays were looking 🙂
Step 13: I have been hoarding the Tim Holtz Letterpress Printers Blocks because they are SOOOOO yummy but I felt this was a perfect project for them! Using Antique Linen Distress Paint I dabbed some on the tops of the letters with my finger.
Step 14: Once the letters were dry I dabbed on some Peacock Feathers Distress Paint.
Step 15: Once they were dry I sanded them, taking away some of the paint.
Step 16: I inked the letters with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a Blending Tool.
Step 17: I used a generous amount of Glossy Accents to adhere the letters to the canvas
Want to see the final project? I LOVE how it came out!!!
Amazing, Jenn. Just beautiful!
I absolutely LOVE your canvas! The different textures and colours are gorgeous and I bow to your ability to leave blank space. So nice to see someone else who doesn’t clean their stencils. Thanks for sharing the step-by-step, your photographs are beautiful. My favourite 12 tags so far. 😉
awww thank you so much zoe! The only thing i clean from my stencils is paste- why would i waste creative time with that silly nonsense 😉 Leaving white space is HARD… it’s something i have to keep in the back of my mind so that I don’t over clutter. I really appreciate your sweet comments!!
I just love this… you do such beautiful art!
thank you so much mary- so sweet of you!
Oh my goodness!! This is totally amazing! So fun to see all the steps you used to create this masterpiece!! Just WOW!
thank you so much Kay! As I was creating it, each phase was yummier then the next so i kept snapping pics 😉 instead of flooding my instagram feed i figured they deserved to be in a blog post instead! Appreciate your comment!
This is awesome! Thanks for the step-by-step. I am planning to make some sort of canvas/wall hanging for my One Little Word, but since I have never actually done any mixed media type project before, I was sort of unsure of how to start. Your post is a big help! Hope you have a fantastic day!
You are very welcome cresta! Let me know if you have any questions- I’m sure your piece of art will be AWESOME!
Love all the texture on this canvas and the colors are amazing! Beautiful job!
thank you so much kim 🙂
Love love love this. Someday I will make one of these. Love your canvases.
thank you so much gail, i appreciate that! – someday is now- just put something on the canvas… the moment you get started it will all start to flow together 🙂 promise