Saturday 28 December 2013

2013 Christmas Cracker Video #2 {Abstract Canvas Prep}

Hi Everyone, Leandra here again

If you haven't noticed yet, post-Christmas we've gone a bit crackers here at PaperArtsy

This video is another 'foundation' idea. It's possible to adapt this idea onto all sorts of surfaces, chipboard or wood, in fact the idea could be used for pretty much any type of substrate preparation. 

Sometimes, when you are working on canvas, you may not want to see the weave of the canvas texture, it might be too dominant, or perhaps you don't want to see it at all, particularly if you plan to stamp on top, in that situation it may need to be particularly smooth. 

Alternatively, you could use Grunge Paste as the canvas feature. Today it has been both tinted and textured a variety of ways to create an abstract canvas background. 

The canvas was then framed with a second bespoke heart-shaped canvas.

2013 Christmas Cracker #2: Abstract Canvas Preparation

With this technique, we are trying to soften the texture canvas has, but also add a bit of colour, and perhaps some more random, and interesting texture at the same time. It's pretty fast, fun, and again, helps to kick-start your muse into action.

You could use this idea for book covers, a wooden frame, in your journal, or as I am doing, as the first step for a canvas feature. The possibilities are endless.

Cracker Ingredients:
Paint: 3 or 4 Fresco paints (opaque, light shades); Lake Wanaka, Stone, Sage, Space Cadet, Snowflake, Taupe, Mud Splat
PaperArtsy Grunge Paste
Palette Knife or old credit card
Pointy thing like a skewer or end of a paint brush
Stencil: Art is
Craft mat
Script stamps eg: Mini 44, Mini 23, Mini 29, Mini 62

Cracker Method: Grunge Paste dries in its natural state a sort of off-white shade, but as there is no pigment in GP at all, it is really easy to tint it. This means you can turn it into a texture past of any colour you like. Handy!

In today's video we are applying 4 shades of tinted GP to a small 8 inch canvas board in blocks, then smoothing off, and adding texture with stamps, tools etc. We will then frame it with a second bespoke heart-cut canvas in neutral brown tones with stencilled detailing, and finally we wash the texture on the canvas in taupe to reflect the tones of the frame.

Play Along:
ink how you have been inspired by this technique below. Play along and you will go in the draw to win a set of Limited edition paints and a brand new 2014 A5 stamp set.

Link closes 17:00 Sunday Jan 5th 2014.

Winner for Christmas Cracker Video #2 will be announced 19:00 Sunday January 5th 2014.


ionabunny said...

This is fun Leandra. Great to see you using the distress tool. I haven't had much success distressing things with it! This looks like a much better use. You have given me ideas..........

Helen said...

I really love this canvas, Leandra - it looks absolutely fantastic. Can't wait to try this idea out.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Brilliant canvass really loved it going to try something x

Trish said...

Love the abstract canvas Leandra. I shall have a go!

Michelle said...

This is gorgeous!
And I loved the video!

Anonymous said...

That looks great! Thanks for the video.

Kathi said...


Thanks so much for taking time to make more videos!

Lin said...

oooh I do like this!!! great video :)

Sue Lelli said...

Leandra, this is absolutely FABULOUS! THANKS for the FANTASTIC video! LOVE the colors and the heart and the Art is stencil, too!

craftimamma said...

This is fabulous and would definitely get wall space in my home! Fun and interesting way of introducing lots of texture and I love the colours you chose for this particular project. Great video once again!

Lesley Xx

selena said...

quel beau tableau, merci pour cette merveilleuse inspiration

laury55 said...

wow love how your work turns out, great colors and design

Words and Pictures said...

Very cool canvas textures... looking forward to the video!
Alison xx

Carol Plume said...

great video - think I might need to pay more attention tho'!!! lol

Kezzy said...

Absolutely loved this video Leandra and started straight away, which didn't work lol, then I ran out of grunge past, ended up ordering 3 pots from 3 separate shops to see which got here first lol. The second go was worse and after re watching the video found out what I was doing wrong. Love how your end canvas, it will look fab on the wall of love:-) Kezzy xxx