Industrial Canvas

Industrial Canvas

Posted by DecoArt on Feb 8th 2017

Working on the 5 x 7 canvas boards gives me great opportunities to try out ideas without getting into larger canvases. I love that I can experiment with textures and colours and by recording these in a blog post whether that is here on the DecoArt Media Blog or on my own blog, I can then keep a record of what I have done so I can go back and use the process steps again with different colours etc. Why not try this background out using your own choice of colours, stencils, and elements.

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Using a canvas board which is 5 x 7 ins in size take a palette knife and mix DecoArt Modeling Paste and White Gesso together in about a 50:50 mix and then randomly and thinly spread it over the surface leaving some of the canvas board exposed and leave it to dry.

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Add some textured stenciling using Modeling Paste.

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One of my favourite ways of laying down colour is to mix watery washes and adding a little on the canvas, spritzing with water, letting it drip and then drying it before adding another layer and repeating the process until you are happy with it.

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I chose two colours that look good together (Phthalo Turquoise and Raw Sienna) and would blend to create tonal contrasting colours. As well as spritzing and drying I also rubbed some of the colours around the edge of the canvas with my finger.

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I searched out some metal and wood pieces to put together for a 3D collage and adhered them with DecoArt Crackle Paint which gave me some texture around the pieces when it dried. I didn't risk the large bulb staying in place without extra help so I glued that piece on with Matte Medium.

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Next came a careful coat of Black Gesso to unify all the pieces and give me a surface to take the acrylic paints.

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I also dry brushed everything with the most tiniest amount of White Gesso to give me some contrasts and highlights.

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Begin adding patina colours over the elements starting with the same colours that were used on the background. Firstly the Phthalo Turquoise - dab and spritz some of the colour onto the background as well to build up the conformity of colours.

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Then the Raw Sienna, repeating the step above.

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I also mixed the two with some titan buff to get that lovely patina green colour and repeated the steps again.

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Now to get more of the industrial feel by adding 'rust' with Burnt Sienna and Transparent Red Iron Oxide.

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Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide...

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... and Quinacridone Gold.

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Finish off with a coffee archival ink pad rubbed extremely lightly over the stencilled areas to just highlight them with a rusty feel.

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Don’t you just love the contrast of the lighter colours in the background with the grungy elements and rusty highlights on the stencilling?

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Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at this piece today and please let me know what you like or is useful.

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Hugs Brenda xxx