Blank Canvas Art Project: A Guide to Creating a Beautiful Design with Posh Chalk & WoodUbend Products

Blank Canvas Art Project

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Get ready to see the full process of a blank canvas art project! In this tutorial, we’ll be taking you through the process of creating a unique masterpiece using Posh Chalk and WoodUbend products. From decoupage to stencilling and pigments, we’ll cover it all. So grab your supplies and let’s get creative!

Step 1: Starting Our Blank Canvas Art Project with Decoupage

To get our blank canvas art project started, we first painted our canvas with Vintage by Magic Paint using a Small Posh Chalk Smooth & Blend Brush. We then decided where we wanted to position our moulding and decoupage on our canvas making light pencil marks to use as a guideline as we continue. Now we were certain where our decoupage would sit, we covered that area of the canvas with a layer of Posh Chalk Crackling Gel. This is done to create a vintage or aged effect as the cracks that form will show through our decoupage paper later.

Before continuing, we allowed our Crackling Gel to dry naturally as force drying it is not quite as effective for creating our desired effect. Once this area was dry we applied a coat of Cotton by Magic Paint; due to our decoupage paper being translucent a white background like this makes the colours of the design really pop. Now it was time to apply our decoupage, we had chosen Posh Chalk Spaniel in A3 for this design, we first tore off our unwanted sections and edges using a water pen. Tearing off the edges instead of cutting them off with scissors creates a frayed edge that is much easier to integrate into your project.

We then applied a thin coat of our Posh Chalk Pigment Infusor to our painted area and smoothed our decoupage down using a Posh Chalk Smooth & Blend Brush. This was done one half at a time in order to prevent creases or bubbles from forming. Then to complete our decoupage application we applied a liberal coat of Posh Chalk Pigment Infusor to saturate the surface; we then dried the area using a heat gun.

Step 2: Stencilling & Blending

                     

Next up for our blank canvas art project, we wanted to do some stencilling. We had opted to use the Posh Chalk Truly Posh Premium Stencil and Posh Chalk Chalk Paste on this project, however, we didn’t think the naturally white colour of our Chalk Paste would compliment the rest of our design. So we decanted a few scoops of the Posh Chalk Chalk Paste into a convenient tub and began experimenting with combinations of our Posh Chalk Colour Kicks.

First, we added some Mocha Delight with a couple of drops of Ebony Noir to darken it. When this didn’t quite achieve the shade we were aiming for, a few drops of Garnet Flare and a little more Mocha Delight were added creating a lovely matte brown colour. The stencil was then mounted on the surface and our coloured Chalk Paste mixture was troweled on using a Posh Chalk Petite Finishing Trowel. We recommend using the finishing trowels for stencilling as they allow you to conveniently maintain an equal application across the whole stencil.

Due to the constraints of our stencil’s design and canvas, we had to force dry our stencilled-on Chalk Paste as part of the stencil’s design was cut off halfway. We simply lined our stencil up with this uncompleted design and filled in the missing section. All of our Posh Chalk Premium Stencils are designed to be easily and conveniently repeatable such as in situations like this. While stencilling, we had noticed a small amount of our decoupage was hanging off the edge of our canvas so we used sandpaper to remove this before moving onto colour blending.

There were a few spots of our white paint that hadn’t been covered by our decoupage and the design’s brown background didn’t match very well with the Vintage we had painted our canvas in earlier. Using a WoodUbend board as a palette, we mixed together Vintage and Nuit Parisienne to fill in these sections using a Posh Chalk Stencil Brush and a stippling motion. We then also noticed a small section at the bottom of our canvas that needed filling in, so we mixed Cheri and Love by Magic Paint to match the red colour at the bottom of our decoupage and again stippled it on with a Posh Chalk Stencil Brush.

Step 3: WoodUbend Application

With our stencilling complete it was now time to attach our WoodUbend Appliques WUB1245. We had already marked out where we wanted them to sit lightly with a pencil, so we began by warming them thoroughly with a heat gun, turning them over periodically to ensure the entirety of each moulding was warm and flexible. We then stretched and bent them slightly to match the space we had designated for them earlier.

The next step in our blank canvas art project was to apply WoodUbend WoodUglue to the footprint of our mouldings, using a small paintbrush to ensure the entire footprint was covered, then we pressed them down onto our surface. To finalise our WoodUbend Application and ensure a strong adhesion, we then heated them up once more in situ and pressed down very firmly.

Step 4: Pigments & Pastes

We wanted to give our blank canvas art project some detailing and opted to use a mixture of Posh Chalk Bronze Alloy, Copper and Smokey Charcoal Metallic Pigments. First we decanted a scoop each of Bronze Alloy and Copper onto a WoodUbend board, then began gradually adding Posh Chalk Pigment Infusor and Smokey Charcoal until we created the consistency and shade we desired.

Once satisfied we grabbed a Posh Chalk Smooth & Blend Brush and began dry brushing our freshly made pigment mixture over the section of our canvas where we had stencilled earlier. As we were applying this pigment mixture we realised how much we loved the colour we had created, so instead of focusing our dry brushing on the stencilled on designs, we applied it to that whole section of our canvas. Before this had time to dry we then wiped away some excess in order to create a more subtle effect.

Next we moved on to painting our mouldings, choosing the Deep Gold and Black Carbon Posh Chalk Metallic Pastes to compliment the colours we had already been using on our project. We wanted to create a wash so before we began applying our pastes we spritzed our mouldings with water. This not only somewhat dilutes the paste it also allows the two colours to mix together in situ as we painted. Both colours of paste were stippled onto the surface with a Posh Chalk Mouldings Brush to ensure it would get into all the nook and crannies of our mouldings. Keeping our surface moist as we went also helped with this.

Once we were happy with the colour application, we went back over our mouldings with a dry Large Posh Chalk Smooth & Blend Brush to blend the colours together more thoroughly. As the paste we had applied was still fresh we could easily remove any excess paste with a baby wipe. Then to help tie the project together, we lightly dry brushes our pigment mixture from earlier over the peaks of our mouldings.

Step 5: Shading & Waxing

To complete our blank canvas art project we wanted to create some depth through shading. We force dried our canvas with a heat gun in order to continue right away, then began applying Posh Chalk Black Patina around the border of our mouldings with a small paint brush. At first this black patina border is very defined and looks out of place, so to create a feathered shading effect we then used a Posh Chalk Wax Extender Brush to apply a coat of Posh Chalk Patina Extending Wax across the whole surface of our canvas.

As this wax is designed to extend our patina, it makes the shaded effect much more subtle and natural looking. Our Posh Chalk Patina Extending Wax also acts as a sealant, adding a final layer of protection against any damage or elements your project may end up being exposed to. Finally we wiped of any excess wax from our surface with a cloth to ensure there were no clumps that had built up earlier.

Conclusion:

And there you have it – a beautiful, one-of-a-kind blank canvas art project created using Posh Chalk products! With these steps, you can achieve a stunning piece of art that showcases your creativity and skill. Remember to experiment with different techniques and products to make the project your own. Thanks for joining us on this creative journey – happy crafting!

If you’d like to see the full process in video format it will be live on our YouTube Channel tonight Wednesday the 3rd of July at 7p.m BST!

I hope that my story of creative transformation inspires you to embark on your own crafting endeavours, discovering the joy and satisfaction that comes from bringing your visions to life.

With love and laughter,

P.S If my blogs inspire you, and you get round to trying some of these techniques and products, I would love to see them in the Creations community we have. There are over 25,000 members who post daily. You’ll also find lots of creators in there who have posted some wonderful projects. It truly is an inspiring group with lots going on. You can join here, and best of all it’s free!

Product List:
Posh Chalk Spaniel Deluxe Decoupage A3
Posh Chalk Stencil Truly Posh
WoodUbend Applique WUB1245
Posh Chalk Pigment Infusor
Posh Chalk Smooth & Blend Brush Large
Posh Chalk Mouldings Brush
Posh Chalk Premium Stencil Brush
Posh Chalk Wax Extender Brush
Posh Chalk Premium Finishing Trowel – Petite
Posh Chalk Chalk Paste
Posh Chalk Mocha Delight Colour Kick
Posh Chalk Ebony Noir Colour Kick
Posh Chalk Garnet Flare Colour Kick
Posh Chalk Black Patina
Posh Chalk Patina Extending Wax
Posh Chalk Bronze Alloy Pigment
Posh Chalk Copper Pigment
Posh Chalk Smoky Charcoal Pigment
Posh Chalk Deep Gold Metallic Paste
Posh Chalk Black Carbon Metallic Paste
Vintage, Cotton, Nuit Parisienne, Love & Cheri by Magic Paint

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