Fly Free, Distress Ink and Stencilled Canvas

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Hello, Claire has created out mixed media piece today and has used her favourite distress inks. Blending the inks onto a gessoed surface and adding some 3D stencilling with structure paste a soft blended watercolour effect piece could be created.

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To make

  1. Prepare a 15 cm square of card stock with gesso. When properly dry, apply structure paste through a stencil in the top left hand corner of the piece. Leave plenty of space free in which to blend colour and added layered focal point later.

  2. When canvas is thoroughly dry, beginning adding colour by first using a blending sponge and the predominant colour you’d like the finished piece to be. I have used Cracked Pistachio and Broken china distress inks. Blend the colours to be lighter towards the bottom of the art work.

  3. Begin highlighting the piece creating natural shadows around the 3D elements. Use a waterbrush more concentrated area with the broken china ink. Allow all the ink to dry properly

  4. Create the coloured pennants to layer (see early post on how these were created, ‘Making the most of background art stamps’. Before adhering stamp a fitting sentiment or quote.

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  1. Use the colours of the pennants to add accent colours to the background and onto the 3D stencilled image. Continue adding colour until happy with the overall effect.

  2. Mat and layer onto co-ordinating cardstock.


Claire had decided to frame this piece, but of course it can be mounted onto a card blank with a greeting to be a card for someone special.


List of products used to create

Distress Inks (Claire used Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Fossilised Amber, Worn Lipstick)


6x6 inch Stencil


White Gesso


Structure paste


Versfine Onyx black pigment ink


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  1. Gorgeous piece. Love the dimension, and feeling of movement, and those colours are stunning.

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