Southwest Crafters was created by Janna and Kristan who are local manufacture reps supporting the independent retailers in the Southwest and helping to promote and educate crafters about the lines we represent

Saturday, January 15, 2011

8 Creative Tips for Creating on Canvas from Canvas Corp

8 Creative Tips for Creating on Canvas from Canvas Corp  

The great thing about being creative on canvas is that there is no painting required to create works of art on canvas . Plus there is a new blank in town – natural canvas. Create works of art that are environmentally smart! Artists prefer canvas with gesso, the white substance that acts as a base for their artwork, but crafters prefer no gesso which allows virtually everything to be applied to the canvas including:
• Canvas loves ink and rubber stamps – the look is amazing as if the fabric was printed upon
•  Shimmer Mist including that of Tattered Angels and Creative Imaginations are perfect for adding color, spraying over stencils or over a mask .  Lay die cuts out and spray over them and then remove, leaving great shapes onto the canvas
•  Cover children’s hands with acrylic paint and place on canvas to capture the perfect handprint – make a collection
•  Rub-ons are abundant in the craft market and there are so many great designs, they look amazing on canvas and blend right into the fabric.  We have tried many different varieties and they all work great. 
•  We love gluing big flowers onto canvas for a quick trendy look for little girls rooms or your office.  Add ribbon to finish the look

•  Canvas takes on so many different looks depending on how you treat the fabric – mists give it a soft look, distressing mediums give it a great antique look and paint can make it very modern
•  You can write directly onto the canvas with any permanent marker
•  Make creative canvases with photos – try cutting them apart and piecing them back together in squares, circles or puzzle

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