Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Canvas Art " Angels WIngs"

Good morning to all my visitors and thanks for visiting again.

Today I am going to attempt to explain how I made these Altered Canvases!

I love Altered Art as you know and am an avid fan of Craft Stamper where little gems like this appear on a regular basis so when I saw a pack of 6 canvases in the local cheapie shop it was my chance to have a go. Combined with my new fascination for metal craft I made these, hope you like them :-)

Start with your blank canvas and some PVA type glue (Anita's etc) begin to make your background texture. Items that are coloured don't matter as you will paint over the whole thing before you start the embellishing. I used bits of tissues, crepe type paper, string and webbing you can add anything you want squidge it all on with lot of glue so it is well stuck down. Move the paper around to make hills and bumps.

Here it is ready for painting
This one has now been painted (don't forget the sides) and I dragged an ink pad over to give highlights of colour to the raised parts. Don't forget to paint the edges and ink them if you want to.

I then start to add the textures by glueing on beads and other bits to give interest. Inks can be added by dragging the pad, using finger daubers, cotton wool balls or brushes.

Acrylic shapes (Tim Holtz Fragments ) are stamped and heat embossed with Versafine ink and clear powder to stop it rubbing off (Stazon didn't work for some reason)

I then added a light amout of colour to the back for interestThese are just part of a stamp but I wanted the Angel faces and words. These can be stuck on with Silicone, Glossy Accents or other clear glue.Metal embellishments can be added, these dragonflies were a bit bland so I inked them with Stazon to make them match the colour scheme and attached using a brad poked through the canvasWings next, some are Grungeboard shapes (or chipboard if you want) and some metal ones. Ink the grungeboard shapes and then clear emboss I used UTEE for a nice thick texture and sprinkled in soome colour and silver as I went to build up the wings. The photo is not too clear but they are now nice and shiny and have texture. All these elements can be added with Clear glues, silicones or Glossy Accents type adhesives.Metal wings, I cut these with my Indie Art Cartridge on my Cricut but they are a fairly easy shape to draw freehand. Turn them over and dry emboss to give a feather effect several light strokes are better than heavy so as not to tear or break the foil. The embossing creates this raised curved effect all by itself. I then used daubers to add a little colour with Stazon inks.This last set I dabbed with Pearl Alcohol Ink which gave them a feathery look, the Alcohol Ink has an effect of removing the colour from the metal, then embossed and inked as beforePlay with the pieces until you get the layout you like best then stick all the elements to the canvas and there you have it, Altered Canvas Art.


  1. They are wonderful and must have taken quite a while to do but worth it. It is so nice when somebody take the time to do tutorial style blog entries.

    If you have VersaMark ink and the colour you want to stamp on the acrylic in Stayzon (or other ink) then ink your stamp with VersaMark then with the colour of your choice, stamp and emboss with clear powder. This way you have the embossing properties of VersaMark and the colour you want showing through (also makes the stamp easier to clean).

  2. They are fantastic sandra,well done.I don't have the patience for anything like that at the moment,just the candles for me at the moment.
    Take care
    Sam x

  3. Hi Said I'd come on at nine but I am a bit late Sorry (My son got my new blog up)

    Your tutorial is brilliant, but as you know I am rubbish at stamping! I do hope a lot of crafting friends try what you have shown it will be very interesting to see their work too they will follow the tutorial easy.

    I will be visiting here every night so keep up the brilliant work!
    Liz x

  4. No pressure then!!! everynight something new to look at :-( crikey I had better get my thinking cap on
    xx thanks for the lovely comments


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