Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Quick Tips for Embellishing Canvas with Chalk Inks

Today I'm sharing with you  tips for decorating canvas embellishments using chalk inks.

A layout with canvas and chipboard embellishments

I love the way the little canvas pieces look right out of the package -- soft and very cloth-like.   When using paint on canvas there is a tendency to get a firmer finish, and I really wanted to keep that soft, pliable look. I decided on using chalk inks to achieve my desired look.  After experimenting a bit, I'm really happy with the way they turned out, and I'd love to share a couple of tips with you.

Materials Needed: Canvas Embellishments, Chalk Ink (I used Prima), a Makeup Sponge, Spray Bottle (with water or rubbing alcohol), and a Zig FX White Paint Pen

Canvas Embellishments

Step 1: Wet the entire canvas piece. I used a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol (because it dries quickly) but you could also use water. You don't need to saturate the canvas, just make sure that the top part (where you're going to be putting the color) is good and damp.

Step 2: Grab your chalk ink, and just start stamping down with the ink pad directly onto the canvas. Don't worry if it looks blotchy at this point, we're going to even it all out.

Step 3: Grab a makeup sponge and wet the tip with your spray bottle. Start rubbing around the canvas piece in a circular motion. The goal here is to distribute the color more evenly. Add more chalk ink to the canvas piece as needed.

Step 4: Once you are satisfied with the color of your canvas, the last step is to use the paint pen around the outside of the embellishment. This will help prevent some of the fraying, as well as make the edges stand out a bit more.

Step 5: Add your final embellishments to the top and you are finished! You may need to wait until the canvas is dry or use wet glue give it extra sticking power. 

Chipboard embellishment with washi tape

Supplies Used: Basically Bare Dress Forms, Basically Bare Dress Me Up Clothes, Prima Chalk Ink in Teal Damask, Coltsfoot Stamens, and Old Road, Zig FX Painty Pen in White, Zig Millennium Pen, Kaisercraft Bling in Black, Heidi Swap Mistable Alphas,  Kesi Art Patterned Paper, Studio Calico Patterned Paper, Vintage Dress Pattern, Washi Tape (from Gauche Alchemy), Gauche Alchemy Punchinella. 

PS: The dress form was embellished with lots of washi tape, just wrapped around and around until the entire embellishment was covered.