Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer Burlap Panel Tutorial

Hello everyone! I hope you had a good weekend. This week we are all about summer and sunshine at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.
I had so much fun dressing up a Tim Holtz 6 x 8 Burlap Panel into a piece remembering beautiful childhood summers. So much fun, that I took step-by-step photos to show you how I made this:

Summer Burlap Panel Tutorial - Layers of ink
A large part of our summers as children were spent at the sea or at one of the many lakes in the vicinity. I really like this photo of my sister and me taken at a lake, depicting summer. I wanted to keep the great burlap texture of the panel and not cover it up with papers, but I still wanted more patterns and decided to play around with a transfer technique. The flower patterned paper was transferred to the panel, and since transfers are to some degree transparent, you can still see and feel the texture of the burlap. I was really happy with how it turned out.

Start with covering a part of the panel with gesso, I painted it where I planned to do the transfer, but also lightly over most of the panel. The part where the transfer would go was painted with three layers of gesso, letting it dry in between. Transfers are transparent, especially where the colour is light. White areas will be completely transparent. If I didn't first apply the gesso, the transfer would look very dark.

Tear the edges of a piece of patterned paper. The torn edges make the transfer blend better into the panel. Apply a medium layer of matte multi-medium where the transfer will go. Place patterned paper with the print down and burnish thoroughly with a bone folder. I used matte medium instead of glossy, since any medium ending up outside the transfer will hardly show at all. 
Leave to dry completely. Then mist the back of the paper with water and start rubbing the paper away with you finger. Apply more water as you go along. You might need to let it dry once to check if there are any white pieces of paper left, if there is, mist again and rub off.
Here's the result, the tiny flowers on the patterned paper have been transferred to the panel. Pretty cool. You can still see and feel the texture of the burlap.
I dry-brushed Broken China here and there because I wanted some blue on the background. 
I wanted even more texture on my panel and applied Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste through her Never Enough Hearts stencil, with a palette knife. Leave to dry.
When the hearts were dry, I painted them with Barn Door and Fired Brick Distress Paint and when the paint was dry, a little bit of Antique Linen was dry-brushed on top.
I wanted a flowering tree branch and die cut a lot of small flowers from Neenah cardstock, using the Tattered Flower Garland die. They were inked lightly around the edges with Tattered Rose distress ink. I used my Susan's Garden tool kit to shape them, which is so easy. Love this tool kit.
I layered the flowers together with a brad in the centre and grabbed the legs of the brad with tweezers and dipped the flowers into UTEE. The UTEE was melted in my melting pot. Be careful, it is very hot. Hold them for a little while with the tweezers before placing the flowers to cool down on your craft sheet. Love this faux porcelain look. I tried to take a photo of the dipping process, but my camera is hard to manoeuvre with my left hand only so it got blurry.
To make the branches, I covered Wendy Vecchi white modeling film with natural sticky-back canvas and die cut with the Branch Tree. The branches were inked with Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain. I heated the branches with my heat gun and shaped them. The film keeps its shape perfectly.
The leaves were die cut with the Tattered Flower Garland, from Core'dinations Distress cardstock (Bundled Sage). I veined and shaped them with the Susan's Garden tools and inked the edges.
Another piece of white modeling film was covered with natural sticky-back canvas and I die cut butterflies from it. The butterflies were embossed in a ruler folder, placing numbers in the centre. I ended up only using one of these.
The butterfly was inked with Barn Door and Aged Mahogany distress ink. It was heated with my heat gun and the wings were shaped.
The ornate plate was painted with Broken China, Bundled Sage and Barn Door Distress Paint. When dry, I sanded it lightly. The brads were painted with Broken China too.
The compass was painted with Broken China and Bundled Sage, and when the paint was dry, I burnished the paint away from the raised areas.  
At the side of the canvas, I hang a Word Stick and Philosophy Tag, also painted. I used a screw eye to hang them from a swivel clasp. First I placed this underneath the canvas, which is why you don't see it on the first photo of the post. Later, I changed my mind and moved it to the side.
On this photo, you can see the metallic pieces hanging to the left of the panel. The ruler ribbon was painted with Antique Linen and inked with Gathered Twigs. I also used a word band, with paint rubbed into it.

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Happy summer crafting!


Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology District Market: Burlap Panel Bare 6 x 8Core'dinations Tim Holtz Distress Color-Core cardstock; Claudine Hellmuth Natural Sticky-Back Canvas; Wendy Vecchi Clearly For Art Whiteout Modeling Film; BasicGrey: True Love 6 x 6; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Dies: Sizzix: Tattered Flower Garland, Branch Tree, Mini Butterflies
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Bottle Caps & Rulers
Stamps: Hero Arts: Basic Lowercase Letters
Ink: Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Tattered Rose, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain; Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Paint: Distress Paint: Broken China, Barn Door, Antique Linen, Fired Brick, Bundled Sage
Embossing powder: Ranger Clear UTEE
Medium: Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte, Gesso; Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste
Stencil: Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous: Never Enough Hearts
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Word Bands, Ornate PlatesChit Chat stickers, Ruler Ribbon, Compass Coins, Long Fasteners, Swivel Clasps, Philosophy Tags, Word Sticks, Screw Eyes; Studio Calico: Tiny Hearts
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot, Susan's Garden Tool Kit; Ranger Melting Pot


  1. Absolutely gorgeous canvas, and what a good tutorial! Love the step by step guide, and I will definitely try to make some faux porcelain flowers! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the great tutorial . . . you're not just talented, but a great teacher, too.
    Have a lovely day.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  3. This is totally awesome! I love the beautiful burlap canvas and all the gorgeous elements. Thank you for sharing your great tutorial. :)

  4. WOnderful canvas Anna ! Thanks for doing the step by step tut ,I loved the transfer technique ,what a cool way to have patterns but no paper and the flowers look superb !

  5. Wow Anna-Karin! Love your childhood burlap panel. The texture is amazing and love the transfer! Hugs, Sandra

  6. Gorgeous canvas. Love that you used the transfer method with the PP onto the burlap. Brilliant idea and so beautiful.

  7. Oh my goodness! Love your gorgeous canvas!!! I learned so much from the tutorials about how to create each detail and step. I have never tried the transfer technique but it looks so amazing on the burlap, especially when done with those dainty little flowers. Even the charms hanging on the side are so special and sweet to add to this charming way to show off the adorable photo. Thank-you so much for being so generous with your talents!!! :)

  8. Anna-Karin..your burlap canvas is beautiful! I love the results of your transfer technique. So sweet! Love the Susan's garden flowers. So delicate and perfect for this summer theme. Love your canvas textured butterflies. Love the colors and the bits of Ideaology you have tinted and added. Gorgeous piece. Hugs, Candy

  9. Hi Anna-Karin, wonderful canvas, I love the transfer technique and the touches of blue too. The photo is,showcased beautifully and the dainty flowers are gorgeous. Love the textural butterflies which add wonderful movement to your piece too. Gorgeous. Tracy x

  10. Utterly enchanting, Anna-Karin. I love the transferred DP - looks amazing (definitely one to try, thank you for all the details), and every element you've added to create this beautiful burlap panel is just perfect. I'm in awe, as ever!
    Alison x

  11. Fabulous piece! You are so talented. I'm in awe of your creativity. Thank you for sharing your process. The transfer technique looks wonderful on burlap.

  12. Anna-Karin,

    The detail, texture, & thought you put into each piece is unmatched! So beautiful!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. Fabulous canvas Anna-Karin! Love all the altered metal trinkets and sweet blossoms! Thanks for sharing the how to! I'll have to give that transfer method a try!

  14. Boy! You really know how to do a tutorial. Everything is so clear! Love the transfer technique with gesso on that burlap! Can't wait to dip some die cut flowers into the UTEE. Thank you once again for such dynamic work!

  15. You make such diversely textured art...and then go on to give excellent tutorials! Thank you and well done!

  16. WOW this is amazing I love it... and your tut is so easy to follow... love the little flowers you made to. Thanks so much for sharing. You are such a clever lady :D

  17. I really do like your creation - thanks for your tutorial. The colors you used are wonderful!

  18. I am DROOLING over the amazing techniques you used on this piece! You are like the Technique Queen and your pieces always inspire! Love this!

  19. Amazing, creative and very inspiring piece of art you created. Thanks a lot for sharing the pretty work and the great tutorial.
    Hugs from SPAIN

  20. I really like the color scheme in this piece. Blessings!

  21. Well, this is just beautiful!!! I have never worked with one of those burlap canvases and now I want to!

  22. This comment is long past the date you posted this canvas, but i just got it in a recap email. I love it. I am going to fill up my hallway with canvases like this with pics of grandkids and granddogs! Thanks cindy

  23. This canvas with the paper transfer is MAGNIFICENT! I will link to this post for sure when I try that technique for myself! LOVE all of your Spectacular details! So much went into this amazing work of art!

  24. I absolutely love your technique and your burlap panel and have become a follower,

    Lucy x

  25. Thanks to Lucy to share your link Ana-Karin, I love this burlap canvas (as all your fabulous makes!!), it's a lovely keepsake with your sister I guess you cherish it!
    For me I'm already a follower, and I just want to add that I find all your works absolutely stunning and very beautiful even if I don't have time enough to comment all. I was really glad to see your name in my Craft Stamper magazine!! :D

  26. Your artwork us top notch! Thank you for the tutorial, especially how you transferred the print to the burlap with medium! How creative you are to do that! We used the medium to transfer printed paper to wood in the 1970s-decoupage? I had forgotten about that! Thanks so much for refreshing my poor old brain! hugs, Laura


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