Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sacred Heart Series Canvases ~ Immaculate

This is my fourth canvas using the Artistcellar Sacred Heart Series of stencils.  This final stencil is called "Immaculate".  If you'd like to see how this small canvas was made I have provided a tutorial. So, take a few minutes, sit down, grab a cuppa and take a look at the process.

Burlap canvas measuring 6" by 6" called "Immaculate"

To begin I have cut a piece of 6" by 6" watercolor paper, applied a thin layer of gesso to it and allowed it to dry.  When the paper is dry I applied Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Broken China to the panel and blended the colors with a baby wipe.

I laid the stencil called "Immaculate" on top of the panel and started making an outline of the parts of the stencil with a Stabilo All pencil, this will provide shading later.

Now that my pencil marks are in place I began applying the Broken China DI with an applicator through the stencil.  This activates the Stabilo pencil and changes the color to a gray blue shade.

I sewed a little here and there around the edges of the canvas, leaving the threads long for now, I'll trim them later.

I added some stamping with Memento London Fog ink and StazOn Jet Black ink.  I applied water to the edges of the panel to break them down and age them.  Then I used a distressing tool to tear the edges and then inked them with the StazOn Black ink.

I wanted to have a small punch of red on this canvas, like the others.  With that in mind I drizzled Lady Bug red "irRESISTibles" on the tops of the roses and let it dry.  I glued the gears and cogs on with a strong adhesive then added Distress Stickles into the open areas of the cogs.

The finished canvas is now ready to be adhered to the burlap canvas.  I trimmed the threads to the desired length and it is done.  Now I have a completed set of these Steampunked Hearts!

Thanks for joining me today, I have had a lot of fun working on this series with these stencils.  Next week I will share some more stenciling ideas with you.  I hope to see you next Tuesday, take care!  Hugs~ Renee xx


  1. It looks really awesome, Renee! I loved reading and learning about your process.

  2. It came out fab! I love the dots of red in the center of the roses-so fun to read about your process!

  3. Absolutely love the grungieness of this one Renee!!! Beauteous my friend!! xo
    Hey how come no AC posts?

  4. Fabulous! You have quite a beautiful collection with this stencil.

  5. This, I think, is my favorite stencil of this series, Renee, but, perhaps, only so in your hands! Great use of muted colors here. Love the juxtaposition of the delicate heart image and the strength of the metal gears! Well played, my friend!

  6. All three are beautiful but this one has to be my favourite. Fabulous Renee !
    Corrie x

  7. Amazing!!! LOVE the stencil and the coloring, but the tiny stitches really make it stand out for me!

  8. A stencil can do so many things! That piece is gorgeous! I'm your 111 follower on the blog, my favorite number ever! ;)

    Have an amazing day out there,