Thursday, January 29, 2009

Altered Canvas Niche

The girls in my 'Latest Trends in Mixed Media Art' group started a discussion about niches in art canvases. I did one a while back and want to share what I did here on my blog as well. Keep in mind, this one is 2x2" mini, but the technique could be used on any size you choose.

I will try to explain....

First I take the near completed canvas and decide where I want the niche.
I make an x cut in the canvas and fold the opening back, then
cut more snips in the four flaps to make a circle opening....fray the
thread of the canvas a bit.

Next I made 5 or 6 squares of waterpaper just an inch larger than the
hole opening. The first square I ripped
a hole in the center matching the size of the hole in the canvas. The
next 4or5 pieces, I graduated the ripped holes just fractions smaller
that the first. I used an embossing pen and embossed the ripped edges
of the holes, distress inked too.

Next I stacked them one on top using glue dots(for dimension)
on the four corners of the squares, smallest under the next smallest
and then to the back of the canvas, giving it a
tunnel effect.

Then I backed the hole with a background paper and
added my seed. The back of the canvas is finshed off with cardstock
or chipboard.
Hope that made sense...


marianne said...

very cool! i have some mini canvasses and this will be fun to play with.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Ok, I've GOT to try this technique! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Gera Scott Chandler said...

THAT's cooool concept!!! I love that nichey concept, I'm going to see what I can do with itwith polymer clay. I'm cleaning out my studio and have a pile of 16 canvases to play with! May I share this image on my blog?

Marie Patterson Studio said...

This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!....makes me think of some ideas!

Lorri Lennox said...

Hiya, I bought a nicho and haven't done anything with it yet. But, that said I have a hundred (possibly more) "things" that I haven't started on.. lol, oh not enough time or motivation some days!!
This is a great idea, thanks for sharing it... it will go on my 'to do oneday in the future list'


Thespa said...

Thanks for this tutorial. I love this idea and I'm glad you set it out there for everyone. Have a happy day!