Getting messy

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Today I have been feeling a bit sorry for myself L I woke up this morning not feeling quite right and found I had a bit of a temperature. I don’t appear to have any other symptoms so have just been drinking lots of fluids and taking paracetamol.  I don’t like being unwell and I especially don’t like having a temperature and not knowing what has caused it.

So, because I’m feeling a bit rubbish I haven’t really felt like being crafty. Therefore I thought  this would be an ideal opportunity to share the altered canvas that I made at Hels Sheridan’s workshop at The Craft Den, in Sheffield on Saturday.


We started with a blank, primed canvas. Using a sponge I pounced on some creamy/beige paint. Then Hels showed us how to use a palette knife to scrape paint on to the canvas. Once dry, I used dark embossing paste through stencils to create the flowers and diamonds. The trick was to smooth in on first and then add another layer over the top to create a textured finish. I also applied the paste to the chipboard letters.


After that, I used a spotty background stamp with black Archival ink and stamped onto a single layer of a tissue (the nose blowing kind!). I then ripped small pieces of the design and stuck them down on parts of the canvas and also on some of the stencilling. We used glue and seal to do this and applied it over  the tissue as well as underneath. This gives almost a transparent finish to the tissue so that you only see the stamped     design. This is a great technique and I can’t wait to use it again.


I painted the side of the canvas with alternate stripes of beige and black paint. To neaten it up Hels showed us how to use a special Stabilo All pencil on the black edges. We also used this to add depth and definition to the stencilled bits.


To finish, there were all different colours of Treasure Gold gilding wax which was rubbed over the stencilling, parts of the canvas and some UTEE embellishements. I LOVE this product. The trouble is there are so many scrumptious colours to choose from, me being me can’t make a decision so end up with precisely none!



I also stamped some butterflies and had the luxury of cutting these out with proper crafting scissors. WOW – what a luxury they were and it made the job so much easier.



Can’t wait to go on another workshop and if you get the chance to join in with one that Hels is running, don’t hesitate she is a brilliant teacher.

If I wasn’t feeling quite so under the weather I would have added some pearls to the butterflies and shared this over at Sunday Stampers for the current challenge which is diamonds and pearls. I will have to think of something else to do for that. However, do pop over and take a look at all the inspiration that is over there. Hels brought quite a few samples with her on Saturday and I have to tell you they are even more magnificent in real life.


Getting messy — 1 Comment

  1. This is so artistic, I bet you had a great time making it. The embossing paste looks amazing, the gilding wax really makes the difference – I love the butterflies and bird. It is hard to believe you got all that done in one day.

    Sorry to hear you are a bit under the weather today, I hope you are feeling better soon.

    Dionne xx

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