Friday 30 January 2015

Painted Background at Stampotique

Hi Everyone
This weeks challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenge has been set by Corrie and Corrie has challenged us to use paint in our backgrounds. Paint is one of my favourite mediums to work with so decided to make my first canvas of the year and I made a right old mess making this project which I have yet to clean up (that's the dull part)
I warn you this is a photo heavy post as at the end of this I do a tutorial on how I made my painted background. It's at the end so you can skip it if you wish.

Stampotique stamps used are both designed by the talented France Papillon and I have used:-
Barcode Text for the Handle with Care
My Heart Large.

I painted a large MDF heart, I had previously painted this different colours and just painted over it with Paperartsy Fresco paint London bus. I then stamped, using One of the textures from Andy Skinners Industrial stamps, onto tissue paper and put torn pieces of it onti the heart with multi medium. I then edged in black with a combination of Pitt pen and black paint.
France's heart has been stamped with versamark and embossed with WOW black fine embossing powder.Then I glued it to my canvas.

Here you can
see some close ups
of the

and I have even painted and decorated the sides

Canvas background

I first cut words from magazines and covered the canvas with them using multi medium. I then distresses them by sticking cellotape to the and ripping it off.

then I added a layer of gesso over the lot

I then added my chosen colours of acrylic paint using Dina Wakley paints

I then added petroleum jelly in places and covered the whole lot with black acrylic paint, once the paint had dried I removed the jelly with a damp cloth revealing a distressed paint effect of black on my canvas.

Hope I've not bored you all too much and if you've stuck with it this long, thanks for getting to the end.
Thanks for stopping by as always
Amanda X


  1. Wow, this is amazing, I love your process and it turned out really great.

  2. Who would skip reading about how you made this gorgeous piece Amanda, shame on you for saying that.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  3. This is absolutely wonderful Amanda,loving the texture and the rich colours. We must be joined at the arty hip as I've done something very similar for my Altered Eclectics post for this Sunday.....great minds and all that ;)
    Big hearty hugs
    Donna xxx

  4. Wonderful Amanda, the red pops against the grungy background, very striking..WOW! Ruth x

  5. Love how you've created the background and thanks for the tute on it xxx

  6. this is amazing Amanda, I adore your work. :)

  7. What an artistic look Amanda...great background and a stunning heart!
    Greetings, Alie :-)

  8. Gorgeous texture and colour here , your heart is amazing :D x

  9. Magnificent, Amanda! The collage layer, the paint, the shabby vaseline effect and the grungy black topcoat create a fabulous setting for your amazing weathered heart - love, love, love it. And I'd've stayed twice as long!
    Alison xx

  10. This is gorgeous ! Love the petroleum jelly technique; I will have to try that some time ! Thanks very much for joining us over at Stampotique this week !
    Corrie x

  11. This is gorgeous, I love all the details on the layering. Thanks for joining us again at Stampotique this week.

  12. This is fabulous Amanda, I love your peeled paint effect. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Stampotique. Sue xx

  13. This is brilliant Amanda!
    Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique Designers Challenge :)

    xx Arwen

  14. NOT a long post at all Amanda, loved the tutorial and how your fantastic painty background turned out. A stunning canvas with lots of texture and dimension well worth the read :-) xxx

  15. Oh, this is very beautiful and you used an interesting technique. Not a long post at all!! :D Thank you for the how-to Amanda. Coco x

  16. Beautiful! LOVE your "heavy" heart!

  17. Oh. My. God. Am speechless! WOW WOW WOW!!!! Petroleum jelly as in vaseline? This canvas is AWESOME. {Would look nice on my walls ....} xx


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