Canvas Scrapbooking

Friday, June 12, 2009

It is a lot of fun to alter and scrap on a canvas. It is also a great gift to make for someone else.

I did a class with a lady called Anna-Karin over last weekend about Textured Canvas Scrapbooking. We made a canvas with a lot of texture and using different paint techniques.

I started with one on Friday. But to me it was not that big a success. The final product is growing on me... I was a bit disappointed. The picture I took to put on the canvas are one of my wedding pictures, and it's a very special picture. But in the end I used another picture on the flop one and on Saturday, I made a second one, which I love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tutorial: Textured

  • Canvas
  • Gel Medium
  • Acrylic Scumble Glaze
  • Acrylic Paint (white/cream and a dark brown)
  • Patterned Papers
  • Embossed Patterned Papers
  • Chipboard Embellishments and Letters
  • Die-cuts


  1. Paint the canvas with a thin layer of cream or white paint, the edges are the most important. If you want to you can paint some of the chipboard pieces too. Let it dry.
  2. Cut and tear up the different patterned papers and embellishments and place them so that they cover the entire canvas. They should overlap a bit. If you have decorative scissors, you can use them on a few of the edges. The goal is to get a lot of interesting texture. Don't worry if the colours or patterns don't seem to fit together.
  3. Collage the papers and embellishments onto the canvas using the gel medium. Simply paint a layer of the gel on a part of the canvas and palce the papers on top of it. Make sure there are no air bubbles underneath and press down the edges of the paper. Continue to the next section. Let it dry.
  4. Do the same with the embellishments and the title. Let it dry.
  5. Paint the entire canvas with the gel medium once or twice. Make sure that everything is firmly adhered. Let dry in between and after.
  6. Mix a bit of white and cream paint, and add about the same amount of scumble glaze. The amount of scumble glaze depends on the thickness of the paint and on how transparant you want the mixture to be. Scumble glaze makes the paint a bit transparant and also gives you more time to play with the paint as it dries slower.
  7. Paint the paint mixture over the entire canvas. If there are any areas that you think got too much paint, use a cloth or a paper towel to carefully wipe off some of the paint.
  8. Mix about 1 part brown paint, 2 parts scumble glaze and 3 parts water. Paint this over ther entire canvas and leave it for a minute or tow. Rub off most of it with a cloth. Leave it in some places to add dimension. Let dry.
  9. If you want to, add a rub-on or two. Stamps also work great.
  10. Adhere your photo to the canvas.
  11. You can also embellish the edges of the canvas with rub-ons, journalling, stamps, etc
  12. Add a hook to the back. Enjoy!

This is what the "flop" looks like:

And the pretty one!!!!!!!!!!!!! (as you can see this one is a whole lot nicer than the first one!)

Happy Canvas Scrapping!
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