Hello! Tami Sanders here today!
I recently taught an altered canvas class using TCW stencils. Since I sometimes find it easier to teach by example, I decided to make my own canvas during the class…
I wanted the class to be geared towards both beginner and advanced students, so I showed them a variety of techniques and let them experiment with those they were comfortable with.
For my canvas, I tore some pieces of music paper and adhered them at the center of the canvas. Then I added a background using TCW481 North Star stencil and white acrylic paint – you could also use Gesso. When you paint over the canvas adding layers, the pattern will show up.
Next came some more background layers using TCW381s Mini Quatrefoil stencil…
Then I added lots and lots of snowflakes using TCW164s Flurries stencil…
I started layering using ColorBox Mix’d Media Inx which are creamy, blendable pigment inks. I heat set each layer after I was happy with it to avoid blending over it when applying the next layer. Once the background patterns had been applied, I added a final inky layer using Izink inks, which are a quick drying, shimmery hybrid ink.
And to add a little dimension, I added some chipboard snowflakes inked using Izink Inks in Gold and Silver…
Ribbon, vintage sequin trim and a foil chipboard title completed my canvas and it was all ready for the photo.
I thought I’d like to be able to change out the photo from year to year, so I adhered a clothespin to the canvas.
A photo taken at the Christmas Tree Farm in front of our tree looked perfect on the canvas.
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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member