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How to create a decorative reverse canvas

Create a Decorative Reverse Canvas

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For something different, I've decided I will alter the backside of the canvas. I start by covering it with a coat gesso.

For something different, I've decided I will alter the backside of the canvas. I start by covering it with a coat gesso.

This is the TickTock stencil...if you look closely you can see how I used scotch tape to mask off the clock, so I could use just the corner motif. I used texture paste and put them in every corner.

This is the TickTock stencil...if you look closely you can see how I used scotch tape to mask off the clock, so I could use just the corner motif. I used texture paste and put them in every corner.

Next I used the Hurricane stencil as accents. Don't forget to add a little to the sides of the canvas!

Next I used the Hurricane stencil as accents. Don't forget to add a little to the sides of the canvas!

Now I'm spraying Valentine Colorations spray, mostly over where I used the Hurricane texture.

Now I'm spraying Valentine Colorations spray, mostly over where I used the Hurricane texture.

Now a few sprays of water, and dry.

Now a few sprays of water, and dry.

Next I use the Glorious Coloration Spray and spray mostly around the corner texture.

Next I use the Glorious Coloration Spray and spray mostly around the corner texture.

Dry.

Dry.

Lastly, I used the Warm Colorations Spray to deepen and darken up the piece. :Instant old" :)  And now same with the other sprays...add a couple sprays of water over the Colorations spray and dry.

Lastly, I used the Warm Colorations Spray to deepen and darken up the piece. :Instant old" :) And now same with the other sprays...add a couple sprays of water over the Colorations spray and dry.

Don't forget the sides. :)

Don't forget the sides. :)

To add brightness, I added finger dabs of the Sunshine  Sorbet Dimsional Paint. I went around the corner motifs, the inner spots of the hurricanes & a touch here or there where there was little color.

To add brightness, I added finger dabs of the Sunshine Sorbet Dimsional Paint. I went around the corner motifs, the inner spots of the hurricanes & a touch here or there where there was little color.

The sorbet sparkles.

The sorbet sparkles.

Next I added many spots of embossing powder with a rust effect. I also added small spots here and there of a lighter shimmering powder.

Next I added many spots of embossing powder with a rust effect. I also added small spots here and there of a lighter shimmering powder.

Time to dry brush! With a small amount of gesso on a soft paintbrush, I dab off almost all of the paint on my brush and begin "buffing" the entire piece.

Time to dry brush! With a small amount of gesso on a soft paintbrush, I dab off almost all of the paint on my brush and begin "buffing" the entire piece.

It really makes the texture pop.

It really makes the texture pop.

I have my eye on this wreath for the middle. I've used embossing powder on it similar to the way I did on the canvas.

I have my eye on this wreath for the middle. I've used embossing powder on it similar to the way I did on the canvas.

These are the things I have grabbed from my stash. Next I'll glue them down. If you take a picture of this "rough draft" it will be easier to place them back down. :)

These are the things I have grabbed from my stash. Next I'll glue them down. If you take a picture of this "rough draft" it will be easier to place them back down. :)

Every thing has been glued down. Next I add some matte gel in some spots and add some art stones and green micro beads.

Every thing has been glued down. Next I add some matte gel in some spots and add some art stones and green micro beads.

I printed the butterflies from online, and fussy cut them out. And added a couple more tiny flowers.

I printed the butterflies from online, and fussy cut them out. And added a couple more tiny flowers.

I have also decided to add a little metal piece in each corner. I put a bit of gesso on the and glued some micro beads to the mas well.

I have also decided to add a little metal piece in each corner. I put a bit of gesso on the and glued some micro beads to the mas well.

          I love how it turned out!

I love how it turned out!

  • Valentine Colorations Spray
  • Glorious Colorations Spray
  • Warm Colorations Spray
  • Sunshine Sorbet Dimensional Paint
  • Hurricane Stencil
  • TickTock Stencil