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Friday 17 August 2018

Shades of Blue Resist Canvas Tutorial

HI Everyone and Welcome

Amanda (ink-a-pink) here to share a short tutorial for my 'Shades of Blue' mixed media canvas that I created for our current 'How can you Resist' Challenge. My original post can be seen here. 
 I will be focusing mainly on the 'resist' products and technique.

The canvas itself is a 5x7 inch board canvas.
Adhere strips of card to the canvas.
Apply 'resist' products to the canvas

Scrape white gesso onto the canvas randomly using a spatula.
Rub remnant rubs onto the canvas
Spray the canvas with Tim Holtz distress resist spray

With the gesso and distress resist spray being similar in colour to the canvas they are quite hard to see once applied

but if you hold the canvas in certain lights you should be able to see them a little better

Apply inks using the wrinkle free distress technique 
(I used mermaid lagoon and blueprint sketch Distress Oxides)

The colours may look strong at first but they will lighten at the next stage

Take an 'almost dry' baby wipe or lightly dampened cloth and rub gently over the canvas.
As you rub you will see that where ever you applied the resist products those areas will have 'resisted' the ink leaving larger areas of white where you applied the white gesso

leaving the remnant rubs as clear and black as when you first rubbed them on

and leaving some lovely speckles of white where you sprayed the Distress Resist spray.

If you wish to add more detail you can apply texture paste through  a stencil - I used Tim Holtz Dot fade layering stencil 

 stamp using Black Archival ink- I used a couple from my stash (brand unknown)

and add a few paint splatters

Decide on your focal feature, create and adhere in place.
As I mentioned in my blogpost my focal feature is the sum of a few parts
 a Seth Apter woodchip altered with inks and gesso, 
a square of ink resisted card,
 a crackle paint die cut 
a glossy watercoloured butterfly.

I hope you have enjoyed your time with me today - thank you for stopping by.
If you would like to join us in our 'How Can You Resist' Challenge head over to the launch post where you will find all the details along with a fabulous gallery of inspiring projects from some of the Creative Guides.
We are really looking forward to seeing your entries.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend
Happy Crafting



  1. Your canvas is amazing Amanda and it’s lovely to see the step by step detailing resist techniques you used x stunning background and focal point xx
    TFS Annie xx

  2. what an amazing work of art, Amanda! How fun to 'watch' your process! Great resist techniques are explained fully and concisely, and the effect is stunning! I especially love your focal point; it works perfectly with your resisted background. Thank you for your inspiration and hard work! Sending Hugs!

  3. Great process step by steps Amanda. Love the colours, textures and layers. Fabulous techniques. Tracy ❤️❤️

  4. A beautiful piece of art Amanda, the layers you added look amazing on the finished piece, I love your use of black and those gorgeous shades of blue. If I saw this in an Art shop I would find it hard to resist buying it!! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Amanda, this is so so wonderful and inspiring! I loved reading and seeing your process and am crazy about your layering! What a stunning design! Big hugs, Autumn

  6. Loved seeing your process Amanda, that resist spray is a helpful addition to everyone's crafty stash. Love those blue hues and black outlines. Fab composition, thank you for sharing.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  7. A wonderful tutorial on how you created this lovely piece Amanda! love the blues with the bits of white showing through a beautiful resist project! Julia xx

  8. Amanda, I love the delicate blues that you ended up with. Wonderful technique. And the overall design is so pleasing to the eye. Really beautiful.

  9. I love the design of this card and the different colors that are used for the background. Very well crafted. Thanks for the share, hope you had a fantastic weekend. Keep up the posts.

    World of Animals

  10. This is a fabulous canvas Amanda, the layers have built up some wonderful texture, the inks are beautifully distressed, the stamping adds more wonderful depth and the focal point with that gorgeous butterfly is just the icing on the cake. Love it. xxx