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A Valentine’s Day Canvas Project

Sometimes when inspiration strikes, you have to run with it. I had no intention of creating three pieces using Finnabair’s White Sand Texture Paste, but once I had one canvas worked out, the experimenting continued. With a fun stencil, a little texture paste, and some spray inks, you too can create an interesting and colorful Valentine’s Day collage.

A Valentine’s Day Canvas Project Instructions:

  1. First, spray your canvas with an assortment of pink and red spray inks until you are satisfied with the color combination. Dilute some of the red and pink with White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray.
     
  2. Before the canvas completely dries, stencil on pattern with White Sand Texture Paste and a palette knife. I used Kasia Krzymińska’s XOXO stencil design by The Crafter’s Workshop. The grainy texture of the paste adds an interesting element to the canvas.
     
  3. Next, spritz a bit more pink or red spray ink to color the texture paste; set aside until completely dry. Be patient, this takes a bit of time.
     
  4. While your texture paste is drying, stamp hearts and words onto old book text and white cardstock, and then cut out the hearts and words.
     
  5. Once the texture paste is dry, tie some jute twine around the canvas.
     
  6. Finally, glue your cut-out hearts and words onto the canvas with gel medium.
     
  7. To create variations of the canvas I added texture paste directly to the canvas.
     
  8. For the white canvas, I applied a liberal amount of texture paste over the canvas before I added any ink. I used a heat gun to speed up the drying time. Once the texture paste was dry, I placed the stencil over the canvas and sprayed Cherry Pie Dylusions Ink Spray to create a fun effect.
     
  9. The square canvas was a happy accident. The background was already painted with pink acrylic paint. So, in an attempt to experiment, I spread White Sand Texture Paste over the entire canvas, and set it aside to work on the other canvases. Once it was dry, I used the same stencil to create the background, spraying Cherry Pie Dylusions Ink Spray to create an interesting effect, and it worked!

I finished all three canvases with the same idea — adding stamped cut-out hearts and words, and twine. 

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