Tracy says, “The inspiration for this piece was drawn from the vintage book pages. I was happy with just the layer of pages and paint even without any focal point. The text draws you into the design, only partially visible, making it more interesting to the eye.”




Stamps Tracy used…


  • Carabelle Studio Stamp Set: 2 Flowers by La Rafistolerie SA60352


Other materials...


  • Prima by Finnabair Impasto Acrylic Paints: Linen; Boudoir Pink; Dark Chocolate
  • Prima Memory Hardware Resin Frame
  • Canvas Board
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Chips
  • AALL & Create: Stencil #16 by Kassa Haselden
  • Posca Paint Pen: White
  • Daler-Rowney Texture Paste
  • Distress Collage Medium
  • Archival Ink: Black
  • Beads
  • Vintage Book Pages


Step-by-step… Vintage Canvas


1  Cover the canvas board with pieces of old book pages using collage medium. Don’t worry too much about the wrinkles, they add to the texture.

2  With the first layer dry, use a palette knife to spread texture paste through the stencil onto the bottom of the canvas.

3  Paint a layer of diluted Linen paint over the dry canvas surface. Remove excess paint with a baby wipe to reveal some of the text layer.

4  Add Dark Chocolate paint to the canvas, spritzing with water to thin the paint and allow it to drip and collect around the raised areas by tipping the canvas up. Repeat this process to darken the textured areas.

5  Dry the paint with a heat tool but don’t linger too long over the paste otherwise it’ll bubble up, unless that’s a look you’re happy with!

6  Tear some old torn book pages and crumple them up. Add them in layers, separately to the canvas.

7  Paint a scrap of white card with pink paint and press it randomly to the canvas to add delicate areas of pink.  

8  By dabbing the paint onto the canvas, it adds further texture to the background. Repeat as necessary.

9  Don’t waste any of the scraps of painted paper. Use this to stamp the flower onto.  

10  Add further depth to the design by colouring with pencil crayons.  

11  Paint the small frame with pink paint, spritzing with a little water so the paint runs into the detail.

12  Add the sentiment, and then wipe a little pink paint over the texture using a finger.


















































To finish the project: After completing the canvas as set out in the step by step instructions, add delicate splatters of White Paint using a Posca Paint Pen or White Acrylic Paint. Add decorative beads to the centre of each flower for added interest and texture.


This project first featured in the April 2019 issue of Craft Stamper magazine.