Sunday, June 26, 2011

Seeing Spots and Napkins!

My first attempt at using napkins on canvas...and not my last!

Entering this for Moxie Fab Trigger Tuesday inspiration

I was inspired with the vintage shabby feel and the polka dots.

Inkurable Stampers challenge for this month is Spots,Dots and Circles.

While at the Brisbane Papercraft Expo I saw a demo of applying napkins to canvas.

I was hooked! Last week I went along to the Sydney Papercraft Expo so I could do a mini workshop. I did a napkin on a journal cover. The end result too embarrassing to show on the blog! The tutor was excellent,I just need a bit more practice on a smaller scale. The hardest part is applying the right amount of structure paste in the right place. So on this canvas I just applied a small amount under the bird's belly.

The 6x6 canvas was painted with Viva Metal in Blue Lagoon. Has a lovely shimmery effect. Foam circle/spots stamps stamped over canvas with white paint.
The gorgeous clock and bird are from two different napkins.
The LIFE quote is a pre cut sticker,which was distressed with antique linen ink.

Large flower has a Polka Dots button from Purple Pumpkin. I distressed the button with antique linen distress ink. The two small white flowers sprayed with Sand Glimmer mist. Leaves are a magnetic die from Tim Holtz Mini Branch and Leaf set.(LOVE!)
I used a bone scorer to score lines on the leaves and then distressed with antique linen distress ink.

Added some small and large white pearls to the outside of the clock (just a few!)

The napkins are from Bargain World. Just $2.50 for a pack of 20. So you don't have to spend a fortune for beautiful napkins.

Off to find those other napkins I have buried somewhere!


  1. Great idea Shirley - and well executed! such a lovely canvas to have hanging somewhere special :)

  2. A gorgeous canvas Shirley! I love your blue background, looks dreamy! xx

  3. Oh Shirley, this is so lovely... I love the napkins you have used... have that leaf and branch die too... looks fab...

    Jenny x

  4. Beautiful canvas! It's so much fun to build up all these elements and chose what goes where. Lovely work!

  5. Beautiful canvas, Shirley, and a fantastic way to use napkins, too :)

  6. Hey Shirley! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

  7. I just saw this on Inkurable Stampers and had to come right over and let you know that "I love this". I actually rescued a beautiful Napkin from being used by me at a luncheon the other day to try this exact same technique so you have inspired me to try this tommorrow. The Blue Lagoon Viva Metal and the Bird are just gorgeous. TFS. Danie xxx

  8. Thanks Dani! Would love to see what you create with your napkin. :)

  9. Beautiful project. Great spin on the circles/dots with your clock and the pearls!