Saturday, January 9, 2010

Altered Canvases

As being a member of the Design Team at a scrapbooking store, we always entered art fairs in our community. At the fairs we sold mini albums, pre-made pages, DIY kits, wooden frames, and other home decor including altered cancases. These were one of my favorite things to make.
The canvase above is a 13.5 x 6, perfect for displaying a few images in a bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. I used American Crafts (blue Skies) pattern paper, bazzill cardstock, KaiserCraft olive paint, American Crafts Thickers, and American Crafts ribbon.
Steps to create
1. Paint all sides and 1 inch around on the face of the canvase. If you covered the whole canvase with paper, eventually, the paper will begin to peal at the edges making the canvase look worn and old.
2. After the pain dries, use one pattern paper as the background, cut paper to 13x5.5, to show the paint on the face of the canvase.
3. Cut 4 strips of pattern paper of various sizes, place two vertical on the canvase, and two horizontal.
4. Cut cardstock for your photo's. I used a double mat to make the images pop more and to add some white space to take away from the various patterns a bit.
5. Mat your title on cardstock as well for the same reason. By matting your title, it will make the title pop and others will really be able to see what the title is.
6. Add ribbons and buttons in various places. Other embellishments can also be used such as, 3D stickers, rhinstones, flowers, etc.
Hope you enjoy this canvase. The above directions can be altered to fit a canvase of even frame of your choice!

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