Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Workshop Wednesday - How To Make A Canvas Collage With Tangente

Today marks another installment of a new weekly blog series titled Workshop Wednesday. Each Wednesday will feature either a tutorial by yours truly or another talented artist or artisan, or a snapshot of an artist's creative process. This week's Workshop Wednesday features "How to Make a Canvas Collage" with tangente.

Tutorial - Collage On Canvas

My walls were still bare after living in the same house for 2 years. It was time for a change so I decided I would make my own art. I started by buying a blank canvas at Micheals, some Modge Podge and a book from Salvation Army I got for 35cents.

The canvas was already primed so I just needed to do 2 coats with some leftover basement paint. I realized that I was out of paint stir sticks so my handy boyfriend improvised and found me some chopsticks.

While I let the canvas dry, I started cutting out various circle shapes.

Once the paint was completely dry, I started gluing the circles in various positions.

I decided to leave a bit of the canvas blank and honestly at this point I had had enough! The very last step was applying 2 coats of Modge Podge all over the canvas. At this step, I learned lesson #1 - paper circles need to be properly glued to avoid bubbling and curling. Thank god the paper is old so it kinda blends in.

Lesson #2 was a bit more difficult. As we were hanging the canvas on the wall, I noticed that the canvas was warped. I'm not sure why I didn't notice this earlier. After an hour and a half, my boyfriend finally figured out a way to hang so it wouldn't show. Phew!

As you can see, I'm no expert at making art collages but it's still a great way to add a bit of character to your walls for under $30.

Thanks tangente! I have a suggestion for the warping issue. For those worried about the canvas panel warping, you could use canvas that is stretched over stretcher bars. This will most-likely elevate your cost a little bit, but will solve the warping issue.

Be sure to check out tangente's Etsy shop and peruse her unique handmade collection of scarf tops, women's clothing, and accessories! You can also read more about tangente on her blog. If you're interested in being a part of future Workshop Wednesdays, please feel free to convo me in my Etsy shop or comment on this post.


jacjewelry said...

This looks like fun! I've always made my own art, too. Yours came out GREAT! I love modern and especially asymmetrical wall art.

Felicia said...

That was a groovy tutorial. Thanks :)

Tracey Gurley said...

Very cool!!

sassypackrat said...

It so fun and unique!

Angelia said...

Great collage love the background color.

Susan said...

Yesterday, I was going through some modern designs on Canvas Art and I found amazing collection.

Denise said...

great idea! I also find the stretched canvas warps less. I think painting it creates the warping but I am not sure???

Salzanos said...

What a perfect design element you created!

I had a canvas (pre primed & stretched) warp after I painted it. For me it was because I got the actual wood underneath a little wet during the base painting layer. Now I know to keep that wood under there Dry.

thanks for the great page!

aidan said...

What great tutorial! I am totally going to try something like this... it looks awesome :)

Mutuelle sante said...

Really complete and pretty great recommendations on how to make a canvas collage with tangente.Appreciate it and well done

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