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Boulevard de Paris Canvas Project

I’ve been reading “Les Miserables” for the past two years and have been slowly whittling away at this behemoth of a book during roadtrips, vacation days, weekends, and while waiting in line at the pharmacy. After two years of 5 minute reading sessions, I am on page 200 of 750.

However, when I came across this address printed on a random piece of patterned paper, I knew that it would have to hold a place of privilege on one of my next mixed-media projects. This canvas captures the essence of Paris, with a subtle nod to the author’s work that I am slowly reading through.

Boulevard Canvas Project Directions:

Prime the canvas with random streaks of white gesso. While gesso is still wet, blend in random streaks of Egg Shell chalkboard paint. Allow to dry.

Mix texture paste with a large amount of white paint and just a touch of Dina Wakley’s Umber paint.

With a palette knife, scrape texture paste over the whole canvas, leaving only slight streaks over the canvas. Apply texture paste heavily to the corners of the canvas for even more texture.

Continue layering on egg shell paint, white gesso, and texture paste mixture to canvas until satisfied with the result.

Trace the Marrakech Stencil design onto the back of each design in the Tales of You & Me Journaling Cards set. Cut out and arrange on the canvas. Rip pieces from the corners of the design to give the pattern a more organic feel. Glue to the canvas with gel medium.

Cut words apart and adhere to the bottom corner of the canvas.

Seal the entire canvas with gel medium. This is very important for the next step to keep the spray ink from soaking into the paper and creating a mottled and dark pattern.

Spray the entire canvas with Tim Holtz’s walnut stain. Wipe away excess with a damp paper towel or baby wipe. 


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