Friday, September 25, 2015

De-Stressing Distressing

So, unless you've been under a rock and don't know, the Stampendous Design Team has been distressing things all week long.  There has been all sorts of rusty, grungy, chippy, shabby goodness going on!  Andy Skinner, one of our favorite artists, has designed some stamps for Stampendous, and,   he has also created a great video on creating faux rust with some awesome DecoArt products.  You can watch that video here!  I did two different styles of distressing on my project for today.  I used a stamp to create a faux distressed background that is supposed to mimic chipping paint.  The other type of distressing I did was adding paint over copper embossing paste to mimic a verdigris patina.  Both faux, both fun!  Here's my mixed media canvas:

Here's what I used to create this canvas:

DecoArt® Media Fluid Acrylics™ in Prussian Blue and Titan Buff
Americana® Acrylic Paints in Lamp Black, Foliage Green, Yellow Green, Hauser Light Green
Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting
DecoArt® Gesso
Archival Inks™ in Coffee, French Ultramarine, Olive
Copic® Markers in Y13, Y15, Y17; B21, B23, B24 and B26
Glue Dots® 

Here's what I did to create this canvas:

Cover canvas board with gesso, allow to dry
Cover canvas board with chalky finish paint, allow to dry
Stamp coffee ink over entire canvas board
Tape down stencil and paste emboss with copper paste, remove stencil, set aside to dry
Stamp flower stems on canvas with olive ink
Stamp flowers on white paper and color with Copic markers, cut out
Paint over green stems with green paints
Mix a little Prussian Blue with some Foilage Green for faux patina on Heart Lock stencil
Paint over keyhole with a tiny amount of black paint
Paint on some little vines twisting out of the keyhole and add some grass
Using glue dots, add flowers to dry canvas.

Here's a list of my teammates playing along today:

This was such a fun canvas to create!  In my mind, it's kind of like the hidden keyhole to my secret garden just waiting for me to discover it!  Be sure to leave me some love and tell me what you think! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonder weekend!



  1. Beautiful project! I love these lovely daisies!
    Take care!

  2. Just gorgeous! Loving the daisies!

  3. This is so beautiful! I love the colors that you chose for this piece.

  4. The flowers are flying off the distressed background.
    The shading is wonderful.
    I'd love to have this piece in my house.
    thanks for sharing

  5. Very beautiful and so calming. Love both of the faux techniques, they add a great lot of texture in a delicate way! Thanks so much for sharing today!

  6. Great techniques on your canvas--very pretty.
    Sue in Ohio

  7. Such lovely daisies in their fab distressed background!!

  8. Wonderful canvas. Thanks for sharing the cool techniques.

  9. DELIGHTFUL canvas Lea!!!
    Your background is GORGEOUS, your flowers BEAUTIFUL, LOVE IT ALL!!!

  10. This is a lovely canvas. Love the copper!

  11. What a great creative project! Nice background and nice texture with the paste and cut out flowers.


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