Saturday, May 12, 2012

Canvas Sampler (DT project by Sharon Jeffs)

Canvas Sampler

by Sharon Jeffs

I love playing around with different mediums and exploring new techniques.  I think it's a general love of learning new things that has always kept me so keen in craft.   That's kind of why I decided to create a sampler of some of the newer effects I have been playing with to keep as a reminder of what I have done rather than always creating a card to give to someone else.

Originally I bought a set of five canvas coasters to play with (my daughter took a keen liking to the second one I created and its disappeared into the depths of her bedroom). Here is a bit of a rundown on what I did one each:

I love this face stamp and have used it a few times! I began this one by wetting the surface of the canvas then blending Distress inks over the surface. (I used Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord and Mustard Seed) I then stamped my face stamp on the bottom left corner and added the swirl over the top using an Archival Ink, to act like abstract hair. To finish off, I added a layer of embossing ink over the entire surface and heat set a layer of clear UTEE. As a final touch I then went over the surface roughly with the embossing pad and applied a layer of gold embossing powder over this. I also used my finger to rub parts off so that it was very much a worn away effect.

My next sampler, I used Distress inkpad directly onto my canvas. (I used Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge)  Once dry, I stamped the Chicken wire background over the surface with an Archival ink (I used Coffee) and also inked the edges with this same ink pad.

Next I stamped the pears into the centre of the sampler in black Archival ink then coloured each using a waterbrush and Distress ink. Once again everything was coated with embossing ink and UTEE before being heat set.

I love this one! Everything about it screams fun to me and it was!

I began with five different bottles of Distress stains (I used Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint) and literally just splatted them onto the surface of the sampler. I did two separate layers, drying each layer. I then stamped the Chat Noir image on the centre and sealed the whole thing with UTEE. b

Remember how I said I loved the stain splat effect? Well I used the same technique for this sampler BUT I then went in and blotted away any and all excess stain so that the effect was muted. (I used Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord)

Once dry I stamped the Newsprint background stamp over the surface in Archival ink (I used coffee) then the pen nibs and the Swirls around the edges.

To then complete my Sampler and bring them permanently together (especially so that my daughter can't walk away with another one) I attached a strand of wide ribbon down through the back so they can be hung together and some swivel clasps to connect them all as well!


  1. Love it! What a fun way to try new things or showcase things you love.

  2. great backgrounds!!! I'm gonna try these techniques!!!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this work of art...I´m so impressed with all the techniques you used and how you explain each of them. I realy feel inspired to try it myself.
    You are such a clever artist!!!
    Thanks again !!

  4. Beautiful ! A real piece of art!