Flowers & Cogs Canvas

Hi guys. So this is a canvas I put together to display on my wall in my new craft room, which is still a work in progress at the moment but I’m so looking forward to it completion. I chose to used turquoise as my main colour as it is probably my favourite to craft with, its bright, fresh and coordinates beautifully with most metallic colours. The products I used to create this are…….

  • 7x5inch Canvas Board
  • Large wooden paint brush
  • Gesso
  • Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste
  • Bigz Gadget Gears #2 die set
  • Dutch Doobadoo Stencil A5 Bricks
  • X-cut Chronology Cog Die set
  • Pack of Craft Paper Roses
  • Pack of Papermania Paper posy
  • Selection of buttons
  • Small piece of gold ribbon
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Big Chat stickers
  • 1 Sheet of White heavyweight cardstock
  • Scraps of craft card
  • Dylusions Teal Ink Spray
  • Distress Mica spray Tarnished Brass
  • Distress Paint Brushed Pewter
  • Distress Paint Ground Espresso
  • Mini Mister
  • Water Brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic glue
  • Sticky foam pads

To begin I painted my Canvas and the metal part of my paint brush with a thin layer of Gesso, waited for it to dry and then applied my texture paste to my canvas through the brick stencil. While that dried I die cut 10 assorted cogs and gears with some white heavyweight cardstock. I then painted them using the Distress Paint Dabbers, Brushed Pewter first and adding a little Ground Espresso to make them look a little dirty. The paper flowers were coloured adding a very light mist of the Teal spray and then use the Mini Mister filled with water to spread the ink around. This gave the flowers a water coloured finish, I then added the Mica spray and of course they need a little blast with a heat gun to dry them off. I was then able to do a dry layout to see how it all looked, playing around with it placing buttons in spaces I didn’t like.

After finding a Layout that I liked it was time to finish my background before I stuck everything. I put a small squirt of Teal spray on my craft mat and used the water brush to lightly apply some colour all over my canvas, continuing with the water colour look I had achieved with the paper flowers. This also needed a good Blast with my heat tool so I could begin sticking, starting with the large paint brush using my hot glue gun. I used my Cosmic Shimmer glue to attach the cogs so they sat nice and flat but everything else I used hot glue for an instant stick. After the main body of my Project was stuck I flicked through my Big Chat sticker book to find some words I felt worked for this project. I backed them with some craft card before using some sticky foam pads to attach them. This was a super fun project and can be adapted in so many ways, give it a try? Happy crafting!