DIY Upcycled Canvas Tutorial with First Edition Markers

Stamping onto old books creates a great focal point to your up-cycled canvas and is an interesting way to use your First Edition Markers; here Maxine takes you through the steps to create this fab project.

What You Will Need

SANTORO Mirabelle Decoupage Paper, Clear Stamp – Tell Me Something, Deco Mache- Tell Me Something Dragon Fly Repeat

First Edition Decoupage Adhesive Glues and Brushes

First Edition Twin Markers- Greys, Skin tones and greens

A5 canvas, Old Book

How to Make

1.  Pick a page from an unwanted book to cover your A5 canvas. Place the paper onto the canvas and lightly fold the paper over the edges. This will help you when deciding where to stamp on the paper.

2.  We then stamped the character from the Santoro Mirabelle – Tell Me Something stamp onto the paper at the angle. With your First Edition Twin Markers, add  the cool grey and slate markers to the hair, hat and dress.  We then added some shadows to these sections with the pewter and dark grey pens.

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3.  We then coloured the character with the ivory pen and added shade with the sienna marker. The chocolate marker pen was added around the face, shoulders and elbows to create a more realistic shadow to the skin. To finish, we have coloured the bird with the spring green marker pen.

4.  Add your stamped paper onto the canvas and stick the sides to the canvas using the Deco Mache glue.

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5.  Cut up squares of the Santoro Mirabelle Dragonfly decoupage paper and add the First Edition decoupage adhesive glue around the stamp. Add your Deco Maché squares to the canvas, slightly overlapping each one and add a top layer of glue to seal the paper. 

6. In the top right corner, we have added metal charms, buttons and wooden shapes, coloured with the markers for some added texture. 

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Which stamp would you use for your altered canvas?  Upload your up-cycled canvas to the project gallery so we can see your wall art masterpieces!

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