Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Canvas panel mini tutorial

This bright and cheery canvas panel is my entry into a mini challenge at Outside the Lines Facebook group. After seeing my post of this canvas panel, I was asked if I'd do a blog post with instructions on how I have created the canvas. So I shall do my best to give you a tutorial without the step by step photos!

(please note some are no longer available but can be substituted)

5x7" (12.7x17.8cm) canvas board
Making Memories paints - lagoon, lemon, kiwi, celery and Specialty glaze Emerald
Adirondack Metallics Acrylic paint dabbers - gold and silver
StazOn ink pad - Teal Blue
White Molotow paint pen
Ruler and pencil
Modge Podge
Large acrylic stamping block
Autumn Leaves clear stamps - Elegant flourishes by Rhonna Farrer
Self-healing craft mat
craft knife

Copics used:

Skin: E000.E00. E04, E11, E21 and R20 (blush)
Hair: Y00, Y11, E33 andE53
Dress: RV000, RV02 and RV04 ( paint pen used for dots)
Wings: RV000, RV02, RV04 and RV06
Vines: BG 34, BG75 and BG78
Big Flower: V12, V15 and V17
Flowers 2 &4: Y15, Y17 and Y38
Flower 3: YR04, YR07 and YR 09


Step 1. If your canvas panel isn't already primed, give it a light coat of gesso, but this isn't essential.

Step 2. Paint the entire canvas with MM kiwi and allow to dry (you can hurry this process up with your heat gun or a hairdryer but be careful to not bubble and burn the paint!)

Step 3. Randomly apply small amounts of the other MM colours on your canvas and spread them out, slightly blending them into each other without completely mixing them together. You want to be able to still see each colour separately yet blended enough to look smooth. Allow to dry. (A fun way of doing this is with your fingers instead of using multiple brushes!)

Step 4. Randomly apply very light touches of the Adirondack metallic dabbers as they only leave very light tiny "freckles" instead of an actual splotch! Again allow to dry.

Step 5. Apply a selection of the flourish stamps onto your acrylic block making sure that they fit nicely without large spaces. Once you are happy with their placement, ink the stamps generously with the StazOn and stamp onto you dry canvas. Re-ink and turn your acrylic block at a different angle and stamp again. Repeat this step until you have covered your canvas. You can also stamp each flourish individually or just to fill in larger gaps throughout this step. Allow to dry.

Step 6. Rule feint lines where you wish your words to go. Then using a light touch, pencil in your words. Once happy, go over your words using your white paint pen. When this has dried, you can erase the pencil lines. It is important that you do not use a heavy hand here or you wont be able to erase your lines!

Step 7.  Colour your Diva Lisa stamp using the above colours (or your own!)

Step 8. Using your craft knife, fussy cut your Diva stamp out. This requires patience! You will notice I didn't keep the tiny thin vines on (I'm not THAT crazy!) I had planned on drawing them back in but decided they would only get lost on the background. Once cut out, you can leave it as is, or you can use a black marker and colour the image around the edge to cover your cut line and out line your stamp...this step is purely only if you want to hide the white of the paper edge.

Step 9. Using your Modge Podge, seal your canvas. I prefer using either a cross-hatch action or stippling and you will see your brush strokes when it dries. While still wet, place your image onto your canvas and apply Modge Podge over it and  blending it to the rest of the canvas.

Viola! You're done!
I hope you can still understand my steps without the photos!

Just adding an update...This canvas won Runner up in the mini contest at Outside the Lines


  1. Lovely!!! And I think it's a beautiful tutorial!

    1. Thank you so much for the positive feedback and comment!

  2. Shannon, this is so amazing! I love your canvas and your tutorial was very clear. beautiful background, writing, and colouring. Yum! I have subscribed by email so I don't miss a thing :)

    1. Thank you so much Bonnie! It's wonderful getting feedback like this!

  3. Fabulous canvas you made and lovely colors! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  4. Love, Love, Love!! Thanks for the tutorial, sweets! Now I may have a chance of making something like this one day. Simply fabulous!!

    1. Thank you Mydi! And you are most welcome. I would love to see what you do make!