Tuesday, November 24, 2009

EASY Painted Sticky Back Canvas Sunflower!

I've had several requests for more projects using the Sticky Backed Canvas from Ranger so here is an EASY (honestly) painted Sticky Back Canvas project. You don't even have to be a whiz at painting!

EASY Sticky Back Canvas Sunflower

Roni - CHA 037


Sticky Back Canvas

Adirondack Acrylic Dabber

Ink Blending Tool

Inkssentials White Pen

Cinnamon Stickles

Black Pen

Oval Die-Cutter or Scissors


Background -

To create the background I took advantage of the color trios in the Adirondack Acrylic Dabber line of paints.

1. Cut the canvas to the desired size ~ this project is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 but you could make this any size you like.

2. Begin with the sky. I used Denim, Sail Boat Blue and Cloudy Blue. Dab the Denim in a straight line across the very top of the canvas, next dab the Sail Boat Blue under the Denim line of paint. Finally dab the Cloudy Blue closest to where the grass will be.

3. Dampen the Ink Blending Foam with water...it doesn't have to be dripping wet, just damp. Begin with the Cloudy Blue paint and begin working the paint around covering all of the canvas. Gradually blend with the Sail Boat Blue, working your way up towards the top of the canvas. This will give you the nice blended effect of the sky.

4. Repeat the paint dabbing process for the grass area using Lettuce, Citrus and Willow.

5. Blend the paints in the same fashion as in step number 3 working from light to dark. Set aside and let dry.

6. Once the canvas is dry, remove the backing paper and adhere it to a sturdy piece of chipboard. Set aside.

Painting the Sunflower Parts

1. You will need to cut 6 large ovals and 2 small ovals. Cut a 1/2" strip of canvas 5" long.

2. Paint 3 of the large ovals using Lemonade Acrylic Dabber.

3. Paint 2 of the large ovals using Butterscotch Acrylic Dabber.

4. Paint the remaining large oval using Espresso Acrylic Dabber.

5. Paint the 2 small ovals using Citrus Acrylic Dabber.

6. Paint the stem using Lettuce Acrylic Dabber.

Let all of these pieces dry.

7. Stamp flowers on the yellow ovals using the opposite colors of paint (Lemonade Ovals - stamped w/Butterscotch, Butterscotch Ovals stamped w/Lemonade) and stamp the small Citrus ovals with Willow paint.

Roni - CHA 037

Roni - CHA 037

Assembling the Flower

1. Remove the backing paper from the stem and place it on the dry painted canvas background.

2. Begin adding petals starting with the center petal that over laps the stem. Add the two outside petals.

3. Apply the Butterscotch petals over the Lemonade petals.

4. Finally top the flower off with the Espresso flower center. Add dots of Cinnamon Stickles to the flower center.

Roni - CHA 037

5. Add the two smaller leaves to the stem.

6. Add pen work details to the edges of the flower petals, stem and leaves.

7. (optional) I added Black Soot Distress Ink to the edges of the canvas just for the fun of it. I think it gives it a nice finished look.

So, there you go ~ another fun and very easy way to create a cool looking painted canvas without having to know how to paint like a pro!


  1. adorable! and wow..it actually looks easy! yeah! ty Roni...cher

  2. I just got some sticky back canvas yesterday. Now I have a project to try. I do have a question about it though, can you sew through it?

  3. Thanks!
    Victoria ~ Yes, you can sew through the canvas very easily. Works like a charm!

  4. Using those dots of Stickles for the center is perfect!


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