Sunday 6 March 2011

How To Make Your Love Fly Free!

Hi guys, we have reached Sunday again and last Sunday I posted a little altered canvas called Let Your Love Fly Free and promised you a post with a step by step of the process for putting the canvas together.

So go bookmark this page and grab yourself a cuppa (with biscuit of course) and read on!

You will need:
A mini canvas 10 x 10 cm
Stamps - Crafty Individuals CL-234; The Artistic Stamper Music#1 011; Basic Grey Aviary; Studio G Alpha stamps
Inks - Archival Jet Black; Versacolor Grape, Opera pink, Heliotrope, Cyan, Lapislazuli
Kuretake ZIG Wink Of Stella clear pen; ZIG Millennium pens
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II
Washi / Tissue tape
The Crafters Workshop Mini Cosmic Swirl
Golden Heavy Gel
Winsor and Newton Matte Varnish
Glossy Accents
Blending tools and foam
Heat tool
Water Spray bottle
Paint brushes
Rock Salt

Gosh what a lot of stuff for such a little canvas!

I started out by building up a base of colour onto the canvas by scribbling the Neocolor II crayons onto the surface and brushing with water, adding texture as I went along with salt.

I let the colour dry naturally before putting on the next layer of colour. Make sure your background is dry before starting to stamp.

The next step is a bit of a leap of crafting faith as stamping on mounted canvas isn't always easy. Be brave and remember you have the get out clause that imperfections add texture to a piece!

I used one of the music stamps from The Artistic Stamper Music#1 011 kit, luckily it was the perfect size for the 10 x 10 cm canvas and the stamps aren't wood backed. I have mine on EZ Mount.

The trick to stamping on mounted canvas is to use the stamp as it is, i.e. DO NOT use an acrylic block or any other solid surface to back the stamp.

Ink up your stamp, I used Versacolor Grape, lie your canvas on your table, decorated surface face up. Place your inked stamp onto the canvas and, being careful not to let the stamp slide or nudge out of place, press it gently down making sure to press a little extra on the areas of the canvas that are not supported by the wood of the canvas frame, like the middle of the canvas.

Ok scary part over - the rest is all a breeze!

Using my Versacolor inks, the Crafters Workshop Mini Cosmic Swirl template and my blending tools, I started to build up some more texture to the edges of the canvas; I wanted to keep that lovely light pink glow of the Neocolor crayon in the bottom right hand side of the canvas as this would fit my design. So I built up the colour to be a bit darker on the top left hand side of the canvas as I knew this would be the background to the wings and cage focus.

I did this process gradually by applying colour than drying it completely with my heat tool to stop the colour from just wiping off again as I used the blending tool.

Once I was happy with my background, I sealed the canvas with a layer of Winsor and Newton Matte varnish and let it dry.

Some more canvas stamping but this time I only want the image on one side of the canvas and we have the added bonus that I'm stamping in Archival Jet black so if it doesn't stamp perfectly I can just go over it with a black pen like the ZIG Millennium pens from Kuretake.

Same principle as before with stamping - don't use an acrylic block with the stamp and apply slightly more pressure on the stamp where the canvas is unsupported.

Once the ink was dry I carefully went over the black image with my Glossy Accents and let that dry whilst I worked on the cage, wings and sentiment.

Cover a piece of card big enough for two wing shapes with Washi / Tissue tape in a random manner. I made myself a little wing template and cut out two mirror-image wings. 

Using my finger I covered both wings with Gesso (you can use a brush - I just found it quicker to get messy!) and before the Gesso had a chance to dry I pressed the wings together and then lifted them apart to get that lovely river and stream texture (you might need to click on the picture below to get a larger image to see what I mean).

Once the Gesso was dry I scribbled the ZIG Wink Of Stella Clear pen over the wings to get a lovely touch of sparkle.

More card was covered with Washi / Tissue tape and then I painted a light layer of Gesso over the top, let it dry and stamped out the sentiment with the Studio G Alpha stamps and cut it out. 

The cage was stamped onto card, cut out and then coloured using the Versacolor and blending tools. I used the Golden Heavy Gel to attach the cage, wings and sentiment to the canvas.

There you have it! 

Hope that was of help to you and I would love to see if you have used any of the techniques or ideas I've used here in your own makes so just pop on by and leave me a comment and I'll hop on back for a nosy! 

Have fun!


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  1. Thank you for sharing this - certainly something bookmarked for having a go at when I can sort out a bit of time.

    Toni :o)

  2. Hi Kim! Thanks for this brilliant tutorial! Love, kissinia

  3. Awesome tutorial Kim! Love the canvas.

  4. This is so wonderful Kim.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  5. Looks great Kim. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Kyles =D

  6. Kim - great tutorial... you have a lot of patience waiting in between all those steps, I'm not sure I could have waited so patiently - lol. I love your process and little canvas!!! hugs, antonella :-)

  7. One word: GORGEOUS!!

    Warmest regards, Renata

  8. Thanks for sharing the 'how to' on this amazing canvas, Jo x

  9. Thanks for the tutorial. I've only just started working on canvass and the tips for stamping on it are very welcome indeed.

  10. wow! Kim, your work is always stunning but this is absolutely gorgeous...I adore it!
    Thanks for the tutorial and see you on Thursday...
    Love and hugs, Emma xxx

  11. Beautiful canvas - love the added wings to the birdcage! Wonderful tutorial!

  12. Thanks for your great comment on my blog Kim! I love what you have done with this canvas & will be back to study further when I have more time - great tutorial!

  13. Wowzer! that is beautiful! I had to cut my post it notes to size to fit under my mini canvas to get the support to stamp on it! :) Great tutorial!

  14. Wickedly cool project, love the glossy bird detail :D

  15. wow!!!! this is just gorgeous!!! Hugs Juls

  16. love your canvas and the background with the neocolor...thanks for the tutorial

  17. What a beautiful canvas have you made, wonderful job!
    Hugs Jacqueline

  18. Wow! Kim this is amazing. Thanks for the great tut.

    Donna x

  19. Super!!! Now only is this lovely, but you gave us the greatest tut with wonderful hints, thanks so much!

  20. WOW this is AMAZING, so beautiful. You have certainly inspired me to be a little more creative!
    love tasha xx

  21. Kim, this is absolutely fabulous!!

  22. Wonderful tute Kim! Your canvas is glorious! Love it! x

  23. stunning, thanks for sharing.

  24. really love this & the colours are beautiful !


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