Monday, 29 April 2013

Church Windows Canvas by Deborah



Being a fan of anything Medieval, Gothic and Renaissance, I love the church windows stencil by Crafter’s Workshop. I’ve been playing with it a lot while gelli printing.  However for this project I decided it would look good with a raised texture and lots of gilding. So I got out my texture paste and scraped through the stencil onto a canvas using an old store card.
I sprayed the canvas with Dylusions inks in yellows, reds and oranges then zapped it with a heat gun which made it bubble up. I recommend doing this outside or in a very well ventilated room (probably you should wear a mask). I painted round the edges with distress paint then decided it needed more spray ink.

Next I rubbed the gold gilding wax onto the windows.
Nothing was really standing out, plus there were gaps on the canvas, so I added the texture paste stripes and stars, heated it, sprayed again. Added gold paint, plus more gilding wax in Patina and Deep Red.
Getting better... but it was now all a bit too golden so I propped the canvas up and sprayed Dylusions Black Marble over the lot, blotting over the windows with paper towel. Hmm, needs more gilding wax in places...
And thus I continued faffing about with it until I was happy.  As you may have guessed, this is all about building up layer upon layer until you get the effect you want.
It’s not perfect (the stars are a bit misshapen and too close to the windows) but it was fun to create.


  1. Your church window is beautifully done, and really gives the feeling of an ancient medieval abbey with a dark interior and the light shining through. You have great patience.

  2. This is stunning Debs! Just love the Gothic effect you've achieved - it looks amazing.
    Fliss xx

  3. New favorite! I have that stencil and have not used it yet. You've inspired me - thank you. Love this so much! xxoo

  4. Wonderfully tactile looking piece Deborah. Love that stencil!

  5. Fabulous colours & textures my eye on that window stencil myself! xx


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