Tuesday 1 July 2014

my first canvas.......

Hello my friends. I am very excited about my offering today as it is my first canvas (please be kind). It is A5 in size. I started with a coat of white gesso. When it was dry I got out the gelli plate for the background.

This time i used the 9x11 plate. I started by spreading brown acrylic paint over the plate with the brayer. Then i put the leafy swirl stencil on top and removed as much paint as i could. I was left with this on plate (I can hear you saying 'this is turqoise. I thought she said she used brown.' You are right. This is from another project but the steps are the same.) Then I waited for a few minutes till it was completely brown. 

Next came the dotty stencil. I laid it on top of plate and brayered golden pearl acrylic through it. This meant that when I lifted it off i only had dots on plate. You can see this on pic below. Again colours don't match as from other project. Then it was time to wait for it to dry.

Then it was time for the final layer. Now i had a colour in mind but I didn't have it in acrylic. So I mixed 3 to get to it. I used phthalo turquoise, pistacchio and white, mixed them together and brayered all over. Then i put canvas on it and pulled print you can see on background.

Then I think I just played. I wanted to use grunge paste so I got out 2 stencils, tulip and swirl and put some paste through them. I left it to dry. In the meantime I got some Tim Holtz dictionary tissue paper and stamped and embossed 2 words from the word chains.

When the grunge paste was dry I put stencil back on and sponge some distress ink through it with a make up sponge. I used squeezed lemonade and mustard seed. Then I added emerald green glitter glue by cosmic shimmer on stem and some dots around flower and swirl. I also added some black and white enamel dots from Ranger.

To distress background further I added the script from the Journal stamp set in black archival ink. I held stamp in my hand so i could do it in a patchy way. I also stamped the swallow from same set.
Then using one of the corners, the diamonds and the twig from same set, I stamped with crafty notions glue and added gilding flakes to it.

Finally I added the words to the canvas. I stuck them down using matte glue and seal from Ranger.

And that was my first canvas. 

This is the card that I made to go with it. It follows  exactly the same process and the print was pulled off gelli plate at the same time as canvas. If you like this was the waste area.

I embellished it in the same way bar the sentiment which is stamped in black archival an clear embossed.

I'm aware this was a long post but it is a two fer really.

All the stamps and stencils used are from Claritystamp. I hope you enjoy my makes, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Claritystamp challenge - anything goes
Simon says stamp monday challenge - white (white canvas, white gesso, white enamel dots, white grunge paste and white card, transformed white card and canvas)
Fan-tastic Tuesday - anything goes
PDE - many layers (paint layers)


  1. Blooming heck, that was quick! I hope you enjoyed making this, it's delightful and expressive! I love it Theresa xxx

  2. Wow I love it! ( and the card too). Lovely colours, brilliant texture and great photography showing each step. Well done young lady is amazing x

  3. Well done Theresa - a lovely canvas and card xx

  4. Stunning Theresa ,beautiful colours & love the build up using different techniques....love it 😘

  5. Well I think you have done a great Job Theresa, it looks lovely. xx

  6. There's no flies on you lol. I love this and appreciate all the details you've written down, very inspiring xx

  7. Fantastic Theresa what a great job you have done, I love the colour well mixed ! Xx

  8. So cool! Love it! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  9. Fabulous Canvas! Love the colours and gorgeous texture.
    Linda xxx

  10. Wow Theresa, this is a great canvas and the card is fab too....thanks for the picture tutorial it really works well. Thanks for joining us once again over at the Clarity Challenge blog and good luck....hugs. Jo. X

  11. Thank you ladies for all your fab comments xx

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  13. Well this is fantastic, I am just trying to learn how to use my dylusions, brayer etc and have joined your blog as a follower, maybe get some inspiration and ideas?? Thanks a lovely journey and creation.

    The Journey is the Start

  14. This really is excellent Theresa. Beautiful colours x

    1. thank you so much Barbara. soooooo appreciated xx

  15. Love your canvas Theresa, cannot believe it is your first one, beautifully done.

  16. Good luck in the challenge Theresa. For a first time canvas this is superb!!!!!! Hugs xx