Friday, February 7, 2014

You've got a friend in me canvas...

What does one do with a truck load of creative energy after returning home from CHA?  Make a canvas!  I made this piece shortly after I got home.  The amazing inspiration walking around there was so overwhelming (in a good way) I was bursting at the seams with ideas.  I had so much creativity buzzing around inside my head I just had to let it out and this was the result.  

I took a blank canvas and a piece of patterned designer paper and adhered it to the entire surface using gel medium.  After it was good and dry, I took some alphabet 'thickers' and placed them on the canvas as a 'mask', making the saying "you've got a friend in me"...(gotta love Toy Story) - oh I removed some of the 'sticky back' by pressing the stickers on my pants so they wouldn't tear the paper off when I removed them.    I added some whipped spackle around the edges to give it some texture and 'grunge'.  Then I went to work with some heavy body acrylic paint in Pink mixed with a bit of white paint and water and covered the entire canvas being careful not to saturate around the alphabet stickers too much.  Once that was completely dry I carefully removed the alphabet stickers revealing the pretty flowered background.  Then to finish it off I added some shading and dimension to the letters using gelatos and pitt pens!  

Here's a close up of how to use the pens and gelatos to add more dimension to your work!  They blend so nicely over dried paint!  

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this little project, I know it found a good home!  Thanks Jo  ;)

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a great weekend!

Supplies used:  Canvas, Designer paper, gel medium, gesso, acrylic paints, alphabet stickers, whipped spackle or modelling paste, gelatos, pitt pens.


  1. Enjoyed this post very much. I noticed the texture and read below the supplies u used…. modelling paste creates quite an interesting texture, must try it. Love your Toy Story art piece, gorgeous!

    Annabelle :)

  2. I love it....keep that mojo going while you got it!! Beautiful work!

    Hugs Giggles

  3. Hi Krista, great texture and the canvas appears to glow most warmly. Happy PPF, Annette x

  4. This is so cool! Love how the lettering turned out with the flower pattern underneath--subtle but pretty.

  5. this is fabulous!!! One day I'd so love to get to a CHA gathering. Lucky you!

  6. Love all the texture! Makes me wish I could reach out and touch it.

  7. It's up in my crafty space! Thanks for coming with us to was great to have you there :)xo

  8. Beautiful work!