You Are My Sunshine – Canvas Corp. & New TCW

Hello friends!

I am excited to share my creations with projects between The Crafter’s Workshop & Canvas Corp.!  Along with an amazing array of inspiring mediums, stencils and embellishments that we were given, the theme we were assigned to convey is “Spring Is In the Air…”  And since the weather in our part of the country is so completely unpredictable, it is easy to associate with the beginning of a new season!

The newly released mediums from The Crafter’s Workshop have outdone their previous release.  The Black Modeling Paste and the Heavy Body Acrylic paints are like working with cake frosting, without the calories…the texture and consistency is so amazing and easy to work with…perfectly combining with their intricate stencils.

I used a combination of the mediums pictured below, some are new and some are from the last release.


With the idea of Spring, looking thru the new stencils, the one that popped out at me has intricate sunflowers and the coordinating famous song & quote.  These are a few of the products I laid out to use during my process.

I started with a small 8×8 canvas and used the Gold Gesso to add a layer of background shine as well as prep the raw canvas…perfect application!

Next, I used the Clear Matte Medium with one of the new 12×12  leaf stencils to add a repetetive pattern onto the background.

After the Gel Medium dried, and most of it looked completely clear, I misted a generous coating of the Tattered Angels “French Lime” mist that we were given from Canvas Corp.  I dabbed some of the extra mist off the canvas in places.

While the mist dried, I used a piece of small muslin from Canvas Corp. to stencil a sunflower using several colors of Distress Ink.  The sunflower is the singular one that is part of a larger 12×12 stencil.  It was the perfect size for this piece of muslin and a good ratio to the 8×8 canvas.

I frayed the edges of the fabric to give it a rougher edge and kept it in place with washi, while I stenciled it with ink.

After the ink dried, I experimented with a tiny bit of texture using the Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Iridescent Gold.  I carefully added the paint to the end pieces, after lining up the stencil over the previously inked portion.

Waiting for all the other pieces to dry, I grabbed my new favorite medium, the Black Modeling Paste, and layered it over the Sunshine phrase on more muslin fabric I had misted.

Even after two attempts, part of my stencil ended up thicker at the ‘My,’ but I added some more Tattered Angels mist and trimmed up the edges into a banner shape.

Finally, I used my glue gun to layer the stenciled muslin piece onto a burlap square, and adhered both to the canvas.  I cut out a piece of the muslin center of the sunflower to add some burlap pieces, gold thread and tiny faux flowers.

I dabbed a tiny bit of the Gold Gesso to the edges of the muslin, burlap, canvas and flower petals, adding more definition and texture.

Finally, I used my hot glue gun to add the banner sentiment to the canvas, using some Canvas Corp. tiny brown clothespins to the ends.

Actually, before that final step, I adhered this large braided twine to the back of the canvas for it to be hung from a wall!

I am so pleased with the way this project turned out and it does make me excited for the beginning of Spring!  Our first daffodil bloomed on February 1st, hope it lasts a little while longer!  The first signs of a new season are such a positive reinforcement into all of our lives!

Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!


TCW9003 – Gold Gesso

TCW9006 – Clear Gel Medium

TCW9013 – Iridescent Gold Heavy Body Acrylic

TCW9009 – Black Modeling Paste

TCW658 – Jungle Vines

TCW660 – My Sunshine

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Jenni Calma

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

14 thoughts on “You Are My Sunshine – Canvas Corp. & New TCW

  1. Hi Jenni, you brought the sunshine in with this project! I like your use of the black gesso for the sentiment.

  2. This is so beautiful! I want to try that Gold Gesso so bad, lol!!! The sunflower stencil is amazing and I want it!! Thanks for this fantastic inspiration today!!! I love it!! #tcwccbmatchup

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