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Yay!! :) Are you excited? It's Lisa here and it's Day THREE of the blog hop with May Arts. I'm sure you've already loved the 1st two days, so I hope that I'm going to bring you something fresh and fun, too. 

Here is the little project that I created:

Isn't that fun? All those May Arts fibers sure went to good use! ;)

So here's a little step-by-step on how I made this (but, as with any canvas, it's really something you make your own, if that makes sense):

1. First, all I did was rip up a bunch of patterned paper and lay it out on my canvas. Most people I know are not this OCD, but it just helps me get a visual plan of attack. 


2. Then it's time to make sure that all the pieces of paper that were just ripped up get adhered to the canvas. The best thing to use for this is Gel Medium. Coat the canvas AND the paper to make sure that the paper adheres properly. I also applied some random pieces of colored tissue tape along with the paper, just for added interest.


3. Next up is Gesso time. Anytime is Gesso time, really, especially is you want to tone down the color of your paper - which I did. I then rubbed in (with my fingers) a few colors of Gelatos® in Red Cherry, Boysenberry, Blood Orange, Tangerine, Chocolate, and Coconut. Just add the color wherever there is white spaceor anywhere you want a "pop" of color.


4. I always like to add a little stamping "under" my main focal piece. I think it creates dimension where you may not necessarily be looking. That's what I did in this photo. Using the Stamper's Big Brush Pens (Nougat 178, Warm Grey IV 273, Light Cobalt Turquoise 154, & Magenta 133) and some background stamps I colored over the stamp I was using and just stamped on random parts of the canvas and along the sides (you can't forget the sides!).


5. Ahhhh, yes. The May Arts ribbons and fibers. Using a strand of twine and a piece of natural looking crochet ribbon. glue this around the edge of the canvas in a haphazard fashion, but keeping the crochet ribbon on the inside of the twine piece. Then start creating ribbon roses!


6. Ribbon roses are really easy to create. Just tie one end of the length of your ribbon in a knot - this will be the bottom AND inside of your rose. 


7. Hold the ribbon end in on hand and start twisting the ribbon length around the knot with the other hand. It's important to alternate where the ribbon twists so that the ribbon "petals" don't fall in the same place. I like my roses to be fairly organic looking. ;)



8. Once happy with the desired size and shape, cut the tail end ofF the ribbon and glue it underneath. I have also found it to be VERY helpful to add blobs of glue in between various "petals" to keep the rose from falling apart. Also, if you punch out a circle (or just hand cut one) glueing down your finished rose to that makes it exceptionally sturdy. (Ask me how I know.)


9. Moving on!  - Add a few rub ons (which I neglected to photograph, sorry) and then  use a spiffy stencil with a PITT Artist Pen (Indanthrene Blue 247) and the Gelato® in Coconut. (I later decided I wanted some of the dots of the circle to be BRIGHT white so I went over them with my PITT Artist Pen (White 101).)


10. When adding focal stamping, this technique is THE BEST!! (I learned it from Jill Foster - thanks, Jill! ♥) Stamp your image or words on a piece of tissue paper using an archival, bleedproof ink like the Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black (#199), then apply a coat of Gel Medium to where you want the image or words to go on the canvas, place the tissue down (face up), and apply another layer of Gel Medium on top. You won't even be able to see where the tissue is!! It's awesome. Just make sure, as always, that you allow the Gel Medium to dry before adding additional color.


At this point the canvas is basically done. Just time to embellish and make it shine. I'm a big fan of enamel dots and sequins so that's what I added to my canvas. Also take a good look at it and see if you want to add additional color anywhere. Subtle strokes of color using your Gelatos® or Stampers Big Brush Pens can do wonders and really make it look finished.  I also used my Pastel Pencils here and there, too. Anything to draw out highlights, etc.

I hope that you enjoyed this (lengthy) tutorial. This is my SECOND canvas, but I really like the process. It gets me thinking AND messy. ;)


Lisa Si
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft:  Gelatos® - Coconut, Chocolate, Boysenberry, Red Cherry, Blood Orange, Tangerine.  Stamper's Big Brush Pens - Scarlet Red 118, Deep Scarlet Red 219, Magenta 133, Sky Blue 146, Light Cobalt Turquoise 154, Warm Grey IV 273, Nougat 178, Black 199, White 101. PITT Artist Pen - Indanthrene Blue 247. Art GRIP Aquarelle - Red 126, Yellow 115, Green 151. PITT Pastel Pencil - White, 1122-101. Gel Medium, Gesso.

Other products: Paper - Persimmon (Basic Grey), DIY Shop (Crate Paper)
Stamps: Peacock Feather Background Stamp (Penny Black), Basic Backgrounds (Dylusions - Ranger), "adore" words & "inspire" words (Donna Downey Studios & Unity)

Stencil: Bubbles Mask (Studio Calico)

Embellishments: Rhinestones - (Stampin' Up, Studio Calico, Neat & Tangled), Enamel Dots (My Mind's Eye), Rub-Ons, Tissue Tape, Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz), Solid Tissue Tape (Target).

Adhesive: Helmar

Fibers: May Arts :) }


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TracyM #6773

FABULOUS canvas - LOVE all your delicious colours, textures, ribbons and crochet lace!!!
Thank you for sharing your tutorial, especially with your ribbon rose and PITT pen stencilling :)

Sue D

Beautiful canvas and love the ribbon roses.

by belle

Great way to use scraps of paper!!


What a fun background. Love the collage and the colors.

tammy b

great walkthrough. i just started my 2nd canvas and will be using a couple of your ideas!

Carol Mc

Great canvas. Love how you made the


Wonderful canvas project! Love the process on how you did the background <3 I will have to try that flower you showed - start off with a knot, huh...great idea :)

Lisa P

I can't believe this is only your second canvas. Totally loving it. thanks for your step by step tutorial. I am learning this medium and it helps to get the ideas.

Emily H

What an awesome collage! It looks like so much fun to make!

Miriam Prantner

Wonderful canvas! Thanks so much for the photos, I love to see the piece in all the different stages!


A fun project - get be free and able to do whatever appeals to you as you are working, not rigid and stuck into a rut. Great project. thanks for the tutorial.

mel mccarthy

Gorgeous, Lisa! The soft gesso and gelato texture makes it. And I am so crazy in love with the way you did the penned & painted circles to go with the sequins and enamel dots. Stunning. I just bought the white & black stampers big brush pens thanks to your inspiration (and your rave reviews). Can't wait to try them!

Pati L.

Cool. I'm not a mixed media person nor very artistic but I enjoy seeing how others make their pieces. Very interesting! I especially liked your base of torn papers with the layer of gesso, the twine & crochet ribbon edging and your ribbon roses! So many options, mediums, tools for color & texture! Thanks for sharing!

Kailash Naidoo

Gorgeous canvas, love the artsy design!!

Wendy Goundrey

Your canvas turned out sooo well! Thanks for the walk through of your creative process, too!


fantastic project...love the anytime is gesso time!!!

Michelle Hanway

beautiful! i love the ribbon as frame!


Wow.. This is amazing. I love it!! The background is so much fun.

Emily Daniels

This canvas looks great!! I so need to try some ribbon roses!!


Great mix of materials.

Laura G.Turcotte

amazing!!! Gorgeous canvas!

stamping sue

I'm always amazed with all the creativity when it comes to decorating a canvas piece.
stamping sue


Gorgeous canvas, Lisa! Just love it!!!

Jill Foster

So pretty! Thanks for the instructions!!

Helen Markee

Very nice!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Janis in ID

Wow....I feel like I have just gone to an expensive art lesson!!! THANKS for all the tips, techniques, and inspiration. Your canvas is wonderful!!!
<3 J

Amanda C.

Thank you so much for all the detailed instructions! Your canvas is beautiful.


This looks like great "messy" FUN!


Fantastic mixed media canvas. Thankyou for sharing its creation.

Maureen Hayes

Loved the whole project, but thank you for sharing the tip you got from Jill Foster, what a great idea!


So unique - love how you did the flowers!


fun canvas ideas and love the flowers


love this mixed media layout and so many tips you added esp how to add the focal sentiment!!

Pam Hemmerling

I love this project! Definitely something I want to try.


Gorgeous project - I love every piece of it!

Jan Castle

Excellent canvas...TFS how you made it!

Denise Bryant

Love your canvas project... great textures!

Lisa Frederick

omygosh! you're always so creative. and this is FABULOUS! i'm thinking I want one done with a Coca-Cola-type theme... I can see it now... somewhere in my house... lol! awesome job!

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