Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Create Your Own Textured Art

 I wanted to share with you a really simple tutorial on creating your 
own art piece using some paper 
napkins & a gallery wrapped stretched canvas.

I'm always on the lookout for pretty paper napkins... we use linen napkins a lot at home 
but when I see some of the gorgeous paper ones I'll buy them for craft ideas...
and this one is too easy!

 Now I must warn you this napkins obsession is addictive...perhaps because I can never
find the same pattern if you find some you fall in love with buy them straight away!

For this you will need -

*Paper napkins

*Gallery Wrapped Stretched Canvas (this is the stretched 
canvas that has the deep 2inch sides) make sure it is smaller
than your napkin size!

We will be creating a plaster like effect on each side of the canvas
and for this you will need either -
*Impasto Medium or Molding/Modelling Paste 
*Pallet knife or small spatula & a medium sandpaper
*Large paintbrush (I prefer to use a soft synthetic 1" square brush)
*Gel or Matt Medium (I like to use matt as there is no shine)
*Acrylic Paint

Preparing Your Canvas  


To achieve the rough plaster effect on the sides of your canvas,
start in the corners where the canvas is folded over, fill the fold and spread
the impasto or molding paste around the corners.
Continue spreading it along the sides until all the edges have been covered.
Don't be too precious with this step, it is meant to look rough!

If you would like to display your canvas standing up on a shelf like I do, don't apply
too much paste to the bottom edge of your canvas!
You may have to repeat this step 2-3 times to achieve the look you want
and make sure you allow it to dry well between layers.

Basically you want to round off all the hard edges.

For the final coat of molding paste I like to use a square 1" brush and bring some of
the molding paste to the face of the canvas concentrating on the front four corner areas. 

Once dry give a very light sand.

Preparing Your Napkin 


Open your napkin out and give it a quick iron to smooth out the folds.

Separate the sheets of the napkin - you only want the printed one.

Now it's time to decide where you want the napkin design placed on your canvas.



Spread the matt or gel medium over the entire face of the canvas using your paintbrush.

Gently lay the napkin on top and press into place. You need to be
careful not to tear the napkin, but don't panic if you do you can easily glue it down again.
Slight wrinkles on the surface are fine and add to the character.

Leave the napkin to hang over the edges (don't glue these down), these will 
be sanded off later.



Once completely dry you can go ahead and gently sand off the napkin edges.

I like it to look slightly worn so sand away any areas of napkin to achieve 
your desired effect.



Now your ready to age your canvas as much as you want.
You could even add a crackle medium effect at the stage too!

Mix some acrylic paint to co-ordinate with your napkin design and paint
along all the sides. Once dry, dry brush some lighter paint onto the sides & the
front as well. This will highlight all those lovely textures you have created.

Et voila....your very own piece of unique art!

Linking up with these lovelies-


  1. Wow, thanks Kerry.... I must try this, it looks amazing!

  2. hi kerry
    fantastic idea! they look great :)

  3. This turned out so well. Love the napkin design!

  4. Hi Kerry - That's really clever. I have the antique cutlery napkins in my dining room dresser. Might have to get them up on the wall. Thanks for sharing how to do it. Kylie

  5. Absolutely love this, Kerry! It is gorgeous! I think I need to give it a go! Thanks for the great tutorial! I'll show you when I do it!!
    Hope you're having a great week!
    Hugs sweet friend!

  6. Awesome idea!! Think I'll be checking out the napkin section next time I go to the store! Thanks for the idea.

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

  7. I never even thought to use napkins. Very Cute! Thanks for sharing. Found you on The Shabby Creek Cottage's Transformation Thursday.

    Becca @ DIY Vintage Chic

  8. What a great idea!! Thank you so much for the tutorial I have some lovely napkins that I will try.

  9. I love this tutorial! My Mom has a thing for cute napkins and always has pretty ones when she has us over for a meal. And I am working on a house makeover for her - so I want to do this for her! So cool. I also love your blog look - I'm adding you to my favorites list!

  10. It is Lovely! What a terrific Idea! Thank you for sharing. I am your newest follower. I hope you can visit me sometime too :) I would also love for you to share this at my Linky party that is going on right now called Rustic Restorations Weekend.

  11. Came over from Overflowing to see your tutorial. Very clear and concise directions. I love the results. I will not pass up pretty paper napkins again.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  12. WOW! I never would have thought you could do that! Great idea. I am totally on the napkin train now!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  13. this is a wonderful technique and I love the finished product. Thank you for sharing. I have used fancy napkins on bedside tables by decoupaging. Mostly pastels and its very pretty.

  14. Love IT. THANK YOU!!!

    barbara jean

  15. Great idea! Love those napkins! Where do you find them?

    1. I found these gorgeous napkins at Provincial Home Living...a store full of French/vintage inspired products here in Australia.
      x Kerry

  16. Kerry, this turned out GREAT! Featuring you today! XO, AImee

  17. Hi Kerry

    Just found your blog...loving it! You now have a new follower. Jodi

  18. Simply Lovely! I popped over here from Sew a Fine seam--wonderful site you have!


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