Today I am using Copic Various Inks to colour an unusual material and create a unique and vibrant Copic coloured poppy canvas. What's the unusual material? Soft drink cans.
- Copic Various Inks: BV04, V06, RV19 & YG07
- X-Press It: Clear Gel Glue, Triple Tac Glue and Foam High Tack Tape
- X-Press It Acid Free Canvas
- X-Press It Glitter - Onyx
- FabScraps Papers: Concrete Chic and Concrete Chic 2
- FabScraps Stencil: Square Stripes
- Chromacryl Gesso Primer
Step 1: Using X-Press It Triple Tac Glue adhere the FabScraps papers onto the canvas, you may like to overlap the papers or add torn elements as was done here. Wait for the adhesive to dry and then lightly brush Chromacryl Gesso over the papers, use a baby wipe to rub back any areas that become too heavily covered or hard to see.
Step 2: Next use some heavy duty scissors to pierce the soft drink cans (any brand will work for this) and carefully cut off the top and bottom - don't bother trying to flatten the metal, it will curl right back up! Don't worry, once you cut random flower shapes from the metal the curling won't be an issue.
Step 3: Depending on the size of your canvas you may need to cut out more or larger flower shapes. Lay the flowers on your canvas to confirm you have an appropriate number/size.
Step 4: Use something with a rounded end and something with a sharp end, flip the flowers over and create impressions in the metal to hint at petals and flower centres. Don't worry about being too precise, part of the charm is the rustic look.
Step 5: Next colour the flowers, you will need a selection of Copic Various Inks (BV04, V06, RV19 & YG07) and some Colorless Blender. Drip the inks onto the flowers and then add a drop of blender to the center of each flower. You can also spray a little blender to create patterns.
Step 6: Add colour and blender until you have colours and patterns you like. Try to make sure each flower is just a little different, so that your finished canvas has some interesting things to look at.
Step 7: Add some X-Press It Clear Gel Glue to the flower centres and cover with black glitter, you can add a few small beads for extra texture.
Step 8: To complete your project use a FabScraps stencil to add some extra pattern to the canvas, colour a small piece of card to act as a vase and use green cord as stems. Attach the flowers using X-Press It Foam High Tack Tape and you have a unique finished canvas.
I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to Copic Marker Australia for allowing me to be a part of the family for the last few years, I have had a wonderful time working with the amazing team from X-Press Graph-X and the other Design Team members. I have learned a lot and have been challenged to do things I may not have tackled without a little push. This will be my last post for Copic Marker Australia, I hope to see you all in the future and wish the Copic Marker Australia team and the lovely readers all the best.