{Merry} Christmas Canvas

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…

merry canvas wm - tcw,the crafter's workshop,izink,mix'd media inx,tami sanders

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.

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - North Star

Next came some more background layers using TCW381s Mini Quatrefoil stencil…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Quatrefoil

Then I added lots and lots of snowflakes using TCW164s Flurries stencil…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Templates - Flurries

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…

tcw canvas 2 (1280x853)

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.

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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