Monday, April 11, 2016

CREATE ART CANVAS tutorial by Tanja

Hi there,

it's Tanja here for you and I would like to show you the creation of this canvas step by step:

  • cover a canvas with gesso and create a background with Distress Paints (Broken China, Evergreen Bough, Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce)

  • apply a generous amount of Dylusions Spray (White Linen) to the upper part of the canvas and let it drip down
  • stamp some circles with white gesso using a cap and the bottom of a blending tool
  • create your own heart stencil and use it to draw a heart onto the canvas with the help of a pencil
  • fill in the shape with gesso
  • paint the heart with Distress Paints (Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries)
  • add shadows with a Derwent Charcoal Pencil (light) and highlights with a white gel pen
  • draw some sketchy lines around the finished heart using a black PITT Artist Pen
  • add splatters with Distress Paint (Hickory Smoke)

  •  mix Distress Paint (Chipped Sapphire) with Golden Glazing Liquid and apply it over the stenciled leaves - let the mixture dry for a little moment and wipe it away; make sure that enough paint stays on your substrate to accentuate the leaves
  • add some more paint splatters and some vertical and horizontal lines with a craft scraper using the some dark blue paint 
  • apply gesso with a stippling brush through the ARTplorations Fearless Large stencil and also add sketchy lines around the letters with a black PITT Artist Pen
  • ink up the edges with Distress Ink (Black Soot) for a finished look

Until next time.



  1. Thank you for the step by step. Great techniques and loving the project. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. WoW! Tanja, this canvas beautiful! Thank you for sharing thecsteps how to create it.


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