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Friday 18 October 2019

Inky Wings Tutorial

Hi everyone, Annie here x As promised I am back to share the step by step tutorial for my canvas project, created for the Inky Wings Challenge.
The canvas is quite large so I randomly placed the Tim Holtz brick stencil/That's Crafty Light Texture paste here and there.  (I love this texture paste as you can dry it with a heat gun without it bubbling up)

You can see the stencilled areas below
My  lovely mammy gifted me the air dry clay frame and Tudor style hinges and they really are quite fabulous.
The Ivy leaves were die cut using a Sheena Douglas die. Three of the ivy branches were layered together and then I applied a layer of Pebeo Gesso over everything. Once dry a coat of Decoart Whisper Chalk Paint was applied. This is such a lovely creamy colour.
Initially I applied Decoart Payne's Gray Acrylic paint to the bricks, Tudor style hinges and frame, followed by dry brushing of Decoart Quinacrodone Gold, creating a faux rust appearance. Similarly Quinacrodone Gold was dry brushed to the ivy leaves. Some Pebeo gold wax was then applied to the rusty hinges and frame.
The Dragonflies are by Tim Holtz for Sizzix. Two layers were inked with Cracked Pistachio and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks, then the bodies of both adhered with glue
This was my original idea but I felt it needed a bit more.
So I decided that another dragonfly was required. Another two die cuts were inked with the same bold colours and a vintage photograph by LaBlanche was adhered inside the frame.It's difficult to see in the photograph but there was some second generation stamping using a Lin Brown stamp by Paperartsy.
Some charcoal pencil was applied around the edges of the bricks and then smudged with my fingers. Black Soot Distress Ink was smudged around the edges creating some depth/ageing.
Thank You so much for sticking with me and should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. 
The Inky Wings challenge runs until the 31st October at 18:00 hours so you still have plenty time to join in. To view the amazing and inspiring projects by the team please click HERE  or on the side bar at the top of the page, which takes you straight to the challenge post. We love to have our followers/visitors join in with us and there's also a chance to win one of our sought after Pinworthy Badges to display on your blog.

Have a wonderful weekend
Crafty Hugs
Annie xx


  1. Annie, it was such a great project, and this is a fab tutorial showing how you achieved it! Thanks so much for sharing your steps!! xxx

  2. Great to see behind the scenes on this lovely canvas, Annie. Those ivy leaves are just amazing tumbling down from the top corner - love how you layered them up. And the central frame and those hinges are wonderful - that's good gifting by Rita!
    Alison x

  3. A wonderful tutorial Annie and your finished canvas is stunning - I love how you finished the brickwork areas and the leaves are a lovely addition. Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Wow, your canvas is amazing! I so enjoyed seeing how it all came together and all the texture that you created with the paste, clay and die cuts looks so beautiful 😁. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy weekend! Hugs, Jo x

  5. A terrific tutorial , Annie .Really enjoyed seeing the steps of how you create your Gorgeous canvas . Thanks for sharing .

    Sorry I am a little late pinning - off to do it right away .
    A x

  6. Wow this is just amazing Annie!! It's great to see the steps of putting it together!! I have soooo much to learn.

  7. wow! this is stunning! thank you for sharing your process! xo

  8. Wow! I'm no artist, and use stickers for my planner(lol) but you are so talented, and your work looks truly lovely! Hugs, RO

  9. Well Annie you have truly produced the most wonderful piece of Art. Love the brickwork and the hinges and frame came into there own with this beautiful canvas. Sorry I'm a bit late in commenting. Hugs Rita xxx