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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Altering a Canvas

Hey everyone! I have now got into altering things, I know a lot of people have been altering for a wily and it is not new but I always thought that it would be hard and what would I alter, what would I do with it once I was done. I came up with all these excuses on way I should not do it because I was being a chicken!! lol Now that I have started altering I can't stop!! I love it! It is so much fun!!

So I started off easy with a canvas. I just got a cheap one from the dollar store, the size is 8x10.
I also used some paint dabbers from Adirondack the colors are Espresso and Gold. I used some Tim Holtz distress Ink in Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and his embossing ink. The embossing powder is also Tim Holtz in vintage photo. The stamp set I used is from Inkadinkado named Chandeliers. There is also some Prima on this canvas. the butterfly an the lace. The metal label holder is from Tim Holtz

To start off I painted the edges of the canvas with Espresso paint then once that was dry I toke the gold and I dab some on my finger and rub it into the canvas.

After the paint was dry I toke the paper that I was using and I glued it down with a hot glue gun, but I only glued the middle down first so I could rip the edges of the paper. The paper I used is from Shabby Green Door. Once I have ripped the edges I distressed them with vintage photo and Walnut Stain once I was all done with that I toke the Gold paint dabber, dab some paint onto my finger and just rubbed some of the edges with the gold paint. Once I had the paper the way I wanted it I glued the rest of the paper down.
All this was the hardest part of altering this canvas! Not bad uh. After I was done with all the messy stuff all I did was embellish it!! Here is the finished canvas.

Here is a closer look at the bottom of the canvas
I had a lot of fun altering this canvas!! So to all the chickens out there like me give it a try!! I bet you will have a lot of fun!!

Till next time!!


  1. Thank you for sharing this... I have a canvas sitting in the cupboard, might inspire me to do something with it... It's beautiful!

  2. Wow! Completly stunning project! Love It!

  3. What a fabulous altered project!!! I feel the same the way as you do about altering but I am still in the 'chicken' phase, *lol*. Thanks for a great tutorial!

  4. WOW!!! That looks fabulous!! Thank you so much for sharing =)

  5. Love the altered canvas Melissa!!! Love the distressed/vintage look!!

  6. lovely project, Melissa! will SO be trying your dark paint with gold/metallic accent technique! i have a mini-canvas that's been collecting dust for a while, and you've given me an idea! :)

  7. Gorgeous project Michelle! Thanks for the tutorial!



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