Friday, 26 June 2015

Hessian Stencilled Canvas for PaperArtsy Stencil Challenge

Over on PaperArtsy the challenge theme is Stencils which is great fun! I used a hessian canvas which I covered with gesso and transferred some pieces of Thorndon Hall using the gel medium transfer method so it looked like the picture above. When I was at the Craft Barn demo day a few weeks ago I bought some Brushos. I was desperate to try them but of course they had to sit acclimatizing in my craft room for a little while! I thought it would be great to try mixing them with Grungepaste as the colours looked so vibrant and, being dry, I thought they would keep the paste firm. I really liked the way you get a strong colour rather than a pastel colour from the white of the paste. I started off with Leaf Green for the leaf spray from the ELB002 stencil but I didn't like this colour at all! Really bright! So I added loads of colours in desperation and in the end added some Brown. I also used an Art Is stencil with Snowflake paint for a bit of script background. I used the two sizes of flower from the ELB003 stencil with Grungepaste and two shades on them, some Purple and some Scarlet. Then I used Brown for the Secret Garden from ELB004.
I finished off with some JoFy stamps on shrink plastic in matching colours and a flatbacked cotton reel - love these!

This canvas is going to be a little extra present for a very special person who has a birthday on Sunday; my wonderful dear friend and sister of my heart who looks after my mum.

I am entering this into the PaperArtsy stencils challenge, and Countryview Challenges June Challenge which is Shabby Chice.


  1. Really pretty and I'm sure will be much appreciated. Great idea with the Brushos and grunge paste x

  2. Good job I kept going back in my reading list - I nearly missed this, and that would have been a shame as it's fabulous!

  3. Your friend is a lucky girl, it's gorgeous and I love the finishing details.
    I found both of the greens in the Brushos kit to be way too bright. I got myself a Moss green, which has yellowish tones with violet specks, and there is also an Olive green which are more "natural" looking.

  4. Oh lovely - great way to turn those paper scraps to good use, and the flowers look fab.
    Alison xx

  5. Wow, this is gorgeous. Love the hessian and the colours and textures are lovely.

  6. Very nice Lucy, the Brushos are wonderful for colouring pastes and mediums. The hessian is a really nice base too.