Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fall Canvas Tutorial

Hi there,

The fall weather seems to be creeping in - especially in the mornings. I can definitely feel the cooler air and crispness starting to arrive.
But that's ok because I enjoy this time of year. The changing colors of the leaves, sweater weather, pumpkin pie ... mmmm I can smell it already!

I'm glad you stopped by my blog today because I have a super easy & fun tutorial to share with you.
I love decorating for the changing seasons and always try to think of new ideas . This year I wanted to create a simple little canvas to place around my home - not sure where yet.

So I purchased an 8 x 10 canvas (you can find these at various craft stores and $ stores).

1. I set out my supplies.

  • I used some chipboard alpha & shapes that I had lying around (Basic Grey - very old collections)
  • canvas (from the craft store)
  • acrylic paints in various colors (sorry not sure because I'm an airhead & forgot to include the in the picture)
  • glitter & rhinestones (again ... forgot to include them)

2. Then I placed the shapes & letters on the canvas the way that I wanted.  (I played with this for a while until I got a look that I was happy with.)

3.  I then ran the chipboard letters through my Xyron 2.5" Create-a-Sticker machine.

 4.  Before adhering anything to the canvas I penciled a light line so that my letters would be straight when I adhered them to the canvas.  (don't worry about the pencil marks showing because they will get covered up by the paint and you won't see them at all.)

5. I then adhered the letters down spelling out my title.  (tip: I began adhering the letters at the end of the word that way I knew how much space I would need).

This is how my canvas looked with the title on it.

6.  The next step was to start painting it.  I began with a chocolate brown shade and painted a few coats. (1-3)

I used a brush to get in between the letters and fill the open spots with paint.

Here's what it looked like after a few shades of brown.  The foam brush was rather streaky but that was the look I was going for. (don't believe me do ya? )

7.  I then painted over the canvas again using a dark orange shade. I didn't paint it with a complete coat because I wanted the brown from beneath to show so I continued with the 'streaky' look.

8.  Once the paint was dried I used a turquoise colored paint and brushed over the canvas in a few spots (not all over as I just wanted 'hints' of the turquoise to show).

9.  Then I put the chipboard leaves through my Xyron 2.5" Create-a-Sticker.

Once the chipboard leaves had the adhesive on them I covered them with a browny-copper colored glitter and then another copper colored glitter that had blue in it. So pretty.   (the glitter is from Stampendous)

10. I then ran the glittered chipboard leaves through my Xyron 5" Create-a-Sticker and then adhered them to the canvas. I also added a few pearl gems.

I really like how it turned out.
(oh, and I adhered a small red painted chipboard heart too - using my Xyron 1.5" Create-a-Sticker)

Other: Chibpoard alpha & shapes (Basic Grey);  Glitter (Stampendous); pearl gems (Queen & Co.); paint (Plaid); canvas (craft store)

Well, thanks for stopping by today and hope you enjoyed my little tutorial!

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