Tracy says:

“Don't you just love the summer months? I know I do! Long lazy days, warm breezes and plenty of opportunities to spend time with family and friends. And what screams summer more than a trip to the beach; golden sands, gently lapping water, pretty beach huts and let’s not forget, beachcombing! 

My project was inspired by all these thought-provoking elements and a desire to recycle some easily overlooked materials.

Here I have recycled tissue paper from a gift, beads from an old necklace, off cuts of ribbon, old book pages and unused canvas stretchers. I really wanted to create a worn vintage look for my project and by adding textures, brown ink sprays and Distress Inks it was easy to achieve the desired effect. So what are you waiting for? Gather up those supplies and check out my easy to follow tutorial to create your own beach inspired canvas today!”


Stamps Tracy used...

  • Stampers Anonymous: Tim Holtz Classic #1; Tim Holtz Life Quotes
  • Dovecraft: Mini Alphabet

Other materials...

  • Old book pages
  • Ranger gesso: White
  • Dylusions stencil: Bubbles
  • Ranger Modelling Paste
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang ink spray: Steampunk Sepia
  • Prima Marketing: Resin shells
  • Netting
  • Tissue paper
  • Red striped ribbon
  • Beads
  • Prima Marketing: Art Stones
  • Kraft card
  • Ranger Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
  • Ranger Archival ink: Black; brown
  • Ranger Dina Wakley Acrylic paint: Turquoise
  • 8” x 8” Canvas
  • Gel Medium

Step-by-step… Reverse Canvas Assemblage 

1 Adhere book pages to the entire canvas using Gel Medium and leave to dry. 


Stencil with modelling paste through large and small bubbles stencils. Once dry, cover with white gesso.

Cut netting to fit canvas, attach with Gel Medium and then add scrunched up blue tissue paper on top.

Create a beach sign from canvas stretchers and a wooden skewer. Attach stretchers to the skewer with Heavy Gel Medium and leave to dry.

Adhere beach sign to the side of the canvas. Spread Gel Medium across tissue paper and sprinkle Art Stones on top.

Spray entire canvas and some of the Art Stones with Steampunk Sepia spray and dry with a heat gun.


Using the compass design with brown archival ink, stamp randomly over the canvas

Adhere two canvas stretchers to red striped ribbon using Gel Medium and leave to dry completely. 

Once dry, trim the ribbon around the stretchers with and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


10 Measure and cut out roofs for the beach huts from kraft card. Age edges withDistress Ink.

11 Attach beach huts and resin shells to the canvas using Heavy Gel Medium to ensure a strong adherence.

12 Using the mini alphabet stamps and a black archival ink pad, stamp the words ‘To the beach’ onto the sign.



13 For contrast, rub Turquoise acrylic paint and along the edges of the canvas with fingers.

14 To add further interest and glitz, glue gold beads amongst the Art Stones in various sizes.

15 Ink canvas material with Distress Ink before stamping the quote with black archival ink. Adhere with Gel Medium.


To finish the project: I decided to add random splashes of gold paint around the canvas which tied in with the gold beads. Once dried with a heat gun, although subtle, the gold really adds a beautiful finishing touch

This project first featured in the September 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine