Thursday, 26 January 2017

Vintage Travel Canvas

It is Cec here and I am bringing you a canvas I made using some of my favourite IndigoBlu stamps.  Like most people, I couldn't just pick one favourite so I chose some that I thought went together quite nicely.

I started by taking a 5" x 7" canvas and covering it with Gee-SSo Good White.  Then I used some texture paste and the Texture stencil to add some interest on the edges.  I also added some paste with my fingers and made some areas that were simple bumpy.

Next I painted around the edges and a portion of the canvas top with Hot Cocoa English Cottage paint and then dry brushed some Goldfinger Metallic paint on top.

I cut four strips of chipboard, covered them with some old book paper and then gave them a coat of watered down Lemon Meringue English Cottage paint followed by a light dry brushing of Hot Cocoa.

The next step was to add some Distress Spray Stain in Gathered Twigs and Tarnished Brass.  I also added some Red Oxide acrylic ink.  Once the inks were dry I dabbed on some Pheasant Bronze Metallic paint.

The next two steps and a couple later on are missing photos because just after I had completed them, our anti-virus software started to indicate that there were hundreds of thousands of files infected with viruses and quarantining the files on every computer in the house.  Talk about panic setting in but after a few hours we discovered that these were false positives and the company had installed a fix so we could restore all the files from quarantine.  Unfortunately a few files would not restore and some were the photos I wanted to show you.

So, the next step was to add some stenciling with the Texture stencil and the Believe stencil using Coffee Archival ink.

Following that I lined the panels up the way I wanted them to look on the finished canvas, carefully taped them together on the back and then turned them over and stamped the dirigible from the Grand Tour I set and the hot air balloon from the Grand Tour III set using Jet Black Archival Ink.

I decided to add some texture at this point so I mixed a drop of Orange Blossom reinker with Super Thick Slap It On and put it through the Texture stencil.

At this point I adhered the panels to the canvas but since I decided to leave a bit of space between each panel, I had to go back and paint the rest of the canvas.

I used Versamark embossing ink and stamped some clocks from the Good Times set onto some transparencies and then heat embossed them with some Copper Embossing Powder.  All the clocks were fussy cut.  This photo shows my first attempt using Gold Embossing Powder because the photo in Copper is one that I lost.  Transparencies are slippery so the stamping is not crisp but I loved the outcome because it added to the vintage feel and as long as I kept my heat gun high enough and moving, it did not warp or melt.

Now it was time to add some embellishments.  I pulled all sorts of metal and wooden pieces from my stash and my husband's workroom and set about to alter them so there was a consistent copper theme.  Metal pieces were altered with Rust Alcohol Ink blended with Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink and wooden pieces were painted with Miss Moneypenny Metallic paint.  I used Super Thick Slap It On to attach all the embellishments and usually find that using my finger to smear it on is the easiest way.

I know this was a long post but I hope there are something to inspire you to dig out your favourite IndigoBlu products and play.


  1. I so enjoyed this extremely inspiring post. Bummer about the lost pictures I wish we could have seen them too. I adore this piece of art, thank you so much for your explanation.
    Greetings, Veerle

  2. A gorgeous canvas Cec and thanks for the 'how to', sad you lost some files but so pleased there was no actual viral problem with your computer. x

  3. WOW Cec this is fabulous! Love the design and wonderful texture.
    Linda xxx