It seems “Old Man Winter” is not giving up his grip on us here in the north country without a fight. With the weather most unsuitable for getting my flowers planted there is only one thing to do: get crafty!
I wanted to try printing on canvas again. I have artist canvas that I’ve run through my inkjet printer in the past with less than desirable results. The problem I experienced was that the ink bleeds; the darker the color, the worse it bleeds. But this time I had better luck.
I decided to try spraying a clear finish on the canvas before printing on it. If you look closely you can see that the ink still bled a little bit. I’m not sure if I didn’t get enough clear finish on the canvas…. or perhaps it wasn’t quite dry enough when I printed on it. Next time I’ll try letting the first coat dry thoroughly and then spray on a second coat before printing.
The frame is a plastic three dollar frame that I painted and distressed. The crackle finish was an accident. After painting the frame and roughing it up with some sandpaper, I sprayed it with a clear finish. Apparently the clear coat was not compatible with the base coat… thus the crackle. But I LIKE it! The print I used was designed in Inkscape.… of course!
For a free SVG of “Tuesday is for Ironing”, click here. (Free SVG is slightly different than the design shown in this post.)