Canvas Play

Awhile back LuAnn Kessi inspired me to play on canvas. Here is her blog post. I love her idea of gathering several friends and painting up a storm. They made zipper bags with their pieces.

I’d love to do that, but for now I just worked on this by myself.  I started with a blank canvas. I bought this fabric from Blick’s several years ago for some project that never got made.

blankcanvasI used Jacquard Textile Paints for the first layer. I like spreading the paint with these sponges.

paintingcanvasHere is the finished first layer. Now I needed to wait until it dries to add the second layer.

firstlayerSo for my second layer I started with this little brayer adding some Jacquard  yellow.

canvas1Next I added Jacquard red with this brayer.

canvas2Now I’m getting excited! Next I added Profab transparent white with a stamp. I didn’t want this white to jump out at me.

canvas3Then I sprayed through a piece of fabric with Dylusions purple ink spray.

canvas4I also added some blue with sequin waste. The area on the right near the middle ended up getting too much paint. However, I’ll only be using part of this so I’ll just cut it out.  At this point I really wasn’t sure I liked this, but decided I’d add some black and white after this layer dried.

canvas5After it dried I wanted to push back some of the color so I used this brayer to paint on Liquitex Soft Body white paint.

canvas6Then I added ProFab Jet black with this stencil.

canvas7And the final touch of more white using one of my thermofax screens.

img_4860I really liked that. And now the canvas is done.


It’s funny when I’m working on layers I constantly ask myself, is that enough or too much? It seems like when it is ugly, I need to push just a little further. I’m happy with the piece. Now to see how it will look on my project.

In my next post I’ll show you what I made with this canvas. Thanks LuAnn for the inspiration.