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Scrapbook Canvas'

Posted by Christy Lewis on January 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM

As much as I love face painting, it isn't the only crafty thing I do. This year I have decided to try adding a little more craftiness to the blog for all of those that are interested.

To start it off I made a wee turorial on Scrapbooking Canvas' which made great Christmas Presents last Christmas. These are also great for any time of the year. These are really simple, when you have the right stuff, and you don't need a huge amount of skill to create something that looks great.


Step 1:

Paint the borders of the frame... I like to paint it black and then put black features on the image to tie it together. It is really up to you the colour you choose. I think there is a trick to finding the right paint, I just used some of the girls crafty paint and ran into problems when I put glue over it as it all smeared into the glue. I would probably reccomend trying a spray paint if you have any.. it would be faster too!


Step 2:

Print the image you want onto your background paper. This actually involves quite a few steps. Having a picture is completely optional, the first few I made didn't have anything.. you could probably add in just an ordinary photo.


The photo I chose had a plain background and not too much shaddow on the face. Then in photoshop I desaturated the photo (made it black and white) and adjusted the threshold. I am not sure how you would do it in another programme but I would play around....


Once I had the photo and figured out how big I wanted to print it I then picked out my background scrapbookpaper. I usually pick all my papers at once and choose depending on where the finished artwork is going to go and the colours already in the room, colours the person likes.. I also try to go for a variation of shades, light medium and dark. I usually choose a medium or light background and then 2 other complimentary colours.


Once I have my selection I then simply print onto the paper. I am sure there are many other ways of doing this, creating a stencil, but I am lazy and this seemed like the easiest option ;)

Step 3:

Tear the paper to fit the canvas. If you are really perdantic or just wanting to go for a tidier look you can cut it but I think the rough edges work far better for this style of canvas. The outside edges need to be reasonable straight so I use a ruler or a folded edge.

Step 4:

Add more layers of scrapbook paper. Random shapes are good, and I find it works better the less controlled you try to make it. Just try and keep it balanced.. if you have a lot of dark or business one corner to and match slightly with the opposite corner... You can add what ever you like at this stage, here I have added some paper doilies, you could add text from a book, maps, pictures ribbons... what ever you have lying around that could tie in with the picture. (Flat things... anything thicker you can add on at a later stage)

Step 5:

Once you have worked out roughly where you want all the pieces you can start gluing them to the canvas. I cover the whole canvas in glue as this seems to help get rid of air bubbles. Make sure all the pieces are glued down well.


Step 6:

Continue to glue on all the other bits and pieces you have and then leave the glue to dry. (If you are impatient you could speed up the drying process with a hair blow dryer...)


Step 7:

Once the glue has completely dried, I like to stamp extra bits over my design. I try to fill in the corners or any areas that seem a bit empty. Words are also really cool to add. You can do quite a bit with this stage, some cool ideas I have seen included painting some bubble wrap and using that as a cool textured stamp near the edges..


Step 8:

Once I have stamped I like to add a few more embelishments to give it more of a 3D look. I often add little gem stones. This has to be done after the stamping other wise they can get in the way.



Step 9:

Once the stamps and embelishments have dried I paint 2 layers of mod podge to seal the whole design (2 just incase you miss any bits on the first layer.)


Step 10:

Once the mod podge layer has dried I like to add a final layer of lacquer. This is another optional step, you can leave it with just the modge podge for a matte finish. I personall love the shine of the gloss. Once that has dried you are all done, its ready to hang on the wall, and you can start another one :)

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