Monday, May 19, 2014

"Dream" canvas and another simply stencils idea

Hi there! Today I´d like to share with you a little step-by-step tutorial on a canvas I created with the May kit. 

I started with the vellum paper and used several tones (check out the store for more colours) of Fresco Finish paints in combination with The Crafter´s Workshop stencils on my Gelli Plate. I kept on adding different paint colors and stencils over each other and also used one of the stamps by Nathalie Kalbach to create more layers. These are the finished vellum pieces for my canvas.

Then I went along and added some stamp images (N* Studio stamps from the kit) over the prints. I used a dark grey chalk dye ink for this purpose. 

Then I cut the pieces in half (I am going to use the other half of the gelli prints on another project later) and teared the vellum paper edges for a more grungy look.
I have to confess that I was so into creating at this point, that I forgot to take another picture of what I did next. But it is pretty simple, so I am sure you will get the idea even though I don´t have a photo. I now cut these pieces in half again and rolled them into tiny vellum rolls (I used a regular glue here). Next I took a piece of thin wire and wrapped some of it around each roll for additional detail. Then I left them to dry.
Next I decorated the canvas and first covered it with white gesso, let that layer dry properly and then applied a layer of crackle paste thu a stencil onto the canvas. Then I just let that layer dry a while too. 
Next I applied Fresco Finish paints over the crackle paste. I used "Beach Hut", "Mermaid" and "Guacamole" tones. I used a regular paint brush for applying the paint and when the canvas was all covered I sprayed some water over the surface and then let it dry again. 
After the paint was all dry I grabbed some Lindy´s Stamp Gang color sprays and sprayed teal and green tones over the layer of paint. I let the mists drop/run freely across the canvas as I really like this effect. After this layer was dry, I grabbed some golden iZink and white Liquitex Ink and did the same with those. I love the droplet look and the white and gold inks add a really nice contrast to the background. 
Next I just stamped some black patterns - using on of the N* Studio stamps (from the kit) - onto the background around the area where my vellum rolls would later be. There are also some black ink splatters here and there. I made those with Glimmer Glaze. Then I just glued the vellum rolls down onto the canvas and added the decoration. This is how the finished canvas looks like:

and here are some close-up photos for you:

I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step. The stencils I used for the Gelli Plate prints are by The Crafter´s Workshop, just in case you were wondering. The embellishments are all from previous Frog Dog Studio kits.

Have fun with your kit!!!
xoxo, Sanna


  1. This is gorgeous Sanna! Love the process! Great Tutorial!!! I spy some fun Frog Dog accents from last summer's kit! Yummy Yummy.

  2. This is awesome creating! You have added so much but I never would have thought how beautiful it would look as a finished work of art!

  3. Totally stunning, and exceptionally creative - LOVE it!

  4. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing your creativity :-)

  5. Such a fun and gorgeous mixed media canvas! LOVE it!!

  6. Sanna, this is fabulous! A great tutorial and so much texture and detail. So incredible!

  7. This is awesome! Thanks for the tutorial too!