Monday Mash Up – Black Lace Canvas

September 8, 2014 — 27 Comments

Sadly this post is not a tribute to the 80’s pop group that brought us classics such as Agadoo. It is instead a lovely canvas art project that I recently completed.

It began with some patterned paper and a canvas and as with last week’s canvas was a very organic project – meaning that it grew with no final design in mind.

I’m afraid that I can’t tell you who makes the paper but I did get it from my local Coleman’s stationers and it was 49p per sheet.

Lush, isn’t it?!

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To start the canvas off I used Mod Podge paper glue to adhere the paper to the canvas.

After that had dried I then roughed up the edges with a sanding block.

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To darken down the edges I applied a combination of Versacolor/Versacraft (grey and black) inkpads followed by Galeria Acrylic black paint.

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In a recent post I highlighted a few ways that I had used a Balzer Designs stencil to create a range of different finishes. I thought that that design would work well for this canvas but wanted to lighten the central area on which it would sit so I got some Galeria Acrylic white paint (heavily watered it down) and smeared around the middle of the canvas with a sponge.

I gave the whole canvas a blast of the heat gun in order to make sure that all areas were dry before I began the next bit.

For the flowers I positioned the stencil and used Perfect Medium to ink through it (with a sponge dauber) and then applied some Inkadinkado black embossing powder and heat set it with the heat gun.

After all of that fiddling, this is where I was at.

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Nice! I was quite impressed given that I had no idea where this going to go when I started.

For the final decorative elements I added some Anita’s mini pearls with dots of Pearlescent PVA from Cosmic Shimmer. The pattern was created by a gem placement template that I have had for a long time.

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At this point I felt that the black embossing was a little “matt” and didn’t have enough shine to it so I decided to add some gloss medium to sort that out and make them “pop”.

I then I also added some gems to the seed areas of the flowers.

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Ok, it was at this point that I decided to stop. It’s a hard choice to decided when something is finished or not.

All I really thought was that there was no way that I could make this any more than it was without overdoing it. Odd for me really as I seem to be a “more is more” (which is odd really as I have always been a fan of minimal designs).

I went off to photograph the finish piece so that I could show you however when I photographed this I actually ended up photographing it upside down! I clearly was NOT paying attention, lol!

Oddly however it actually looked quite good. It has an almost halloween/spidery feel to it.

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This however it the canvas the “right” way up.Monday Mash Up - Black and White Lacey Canvas - 9

Or is it? I can’t really decide – I think that I am leaning towards the upside down way – but then I won’t bore you with my inability to choose and I should bring this post to a close.

Pretty cool isn’t it? I was very happy with the final result, especially as I had no idea that it was going to look like this when I started out, lol!

What do you think?

If you have any questions or comments about it, please feel free to use the comments section below.

Until next time, au revoir!

J :)



27 responses to Monday Mash Up – Black Lace Canvas


    Hi John

    I think its gorgeous, thank you for sharing it

    Crafty Hugs,

    T x



    Thanks again for sharing your work with us. I’ve only ever made cards before but this posting has inspired me to think that I might be able to make something for our home. What was the gloss medium that you used to enhance the embossing?



    lovely piece. scared stiff of spiders but I think I’d go for the upside down one



    Brilliant use of the stencil John. It’s a really dramatic piece and I love it.
    Love Val in Spain x



    another masterpiece, I prefer the right way because I too hate spiders. It has a Rennie Mcintosh feel, I once did an embroidery of a rose and iris in that genre, gave as gifts to much acclaim. Thank you for sharing x



    Lovely work here, this is a must try. XXx



    Love the project John clever idea, think i prefer the upside down look, spiders and all lol



    I think that’s a stunner J….very “boudoir-ish”



    Great Canvas John, I immediately thought it was a group of spiders maybe it was the black that sent my brain in that direction – Halloween coming soon so who knows


    serendipitydragonfly September 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Great canvas John – love that paper! They really do look like pretty scary spiders when it’s upside down but like you can’t decide which was is “up”……… could be one of those multi-functional pieces – turn it whichever way you feel like that day???? lol

    Karen x



    pretty darn cool! and I’m with the upside down crowd….



    Love it the right way up. Must have a try of this



    wow brilliant John thank you again amazing inspiration. Looks good both ways I cant decide either, maybe you could alternate over time, so many weeks one way then swap! I would anyway…



    Great way to use the stencil, have this in both sizes (the only stencil i have in both sizes lol)! Love the spider way up, a beautiful Gothic fun spider Halloween theme canvas. Very clever use of all products and made me smile.

    Great inspiration John! :-)


    Deborah-Anne Moore September 8, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Lovely design, great tutorial & definitely upside down!



    Love the project John…Personally, I prefer the “right way up”, as I too am not too keen on spiders !!….but as it’s a matter of personal choice, so, which ever way pleases the viewer.
    Happy crafting, and thank you for your lovely projects.



    I love this Mr B. I bought some canvases over a year ago and they’re still in the packet. I’m such a chicken!



    I love this.
    Talking of black, will you be exploring Hallowe’en at all? So hard to find themes that aren’t all spiders and skeletons, spooky but not too scary :)



    Brilliant John I love it



    This is really beautiful. I prefer the picture the right way, as flowers – I don’t like spiders!!! (We live in the country & they can grow quite BIG here!!! Urgh!!!) thank you for sharing this project.



    Another fabulous canvas. Certainly looks good either way but I’m leaning towards the upside down too (although I hate spiders!!) :)



    Love this! I’ve got 4 small canvases that I bought recently and put aside because I couldn’t decide what to do with them. Now I think I can find something to do with them, thanks John.


    Christine in Bulgaria. September 8, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Lovely either way. Well done you.



    Fab John and such a simple idea!


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