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Take the Leap ~ Dusty Attic ~ Canvas & Textured Modelling Paste Background Tutorial

 I have really been enjoying playing with Canvas’s lately! This canvas is featuring the new Dusty Attic Birdcage and Flutterbies. I also have a tutorial on creating this background, that came about purely by accident! I had coated the background of the canvas with Modelling Paste then as I was moving a bag of stuff over it I dropped it on the canvas and when I lifted it up I went “Ooooh! I like that” so wola!! Love this textured background finish!

  The New Dusty Attic Flutterbies


& The New Birdcage

Textured Modelling Paste Background Tutorial

 Step 1: Use a spatula and coat the canvas with a thin layer of modelling paste

 Step 2: This is where by accident I dropped a bad of fibers on the canvas onto the wet modelling paste.

 Step 3: Just lay the plastic bag onto the canvas and lift up.

 Step 4: Do this over the whole canvas

 Step 5: You can see the texture in the modelling paste. I dried this off a bit before inking.

 Step 6: I have used Smooch Spritz to spray over the modelling paste.

 Step 7: Once you are happy with the colour placement over the canvas you can leave to dry. I tipped the canvas on different angles to get the colours to run along the creases in the modelling paste. I have only just overlapped some of the colours to prevent them getting too muddied and blending into one colour. I used my finger to wipe the inks around the edges.

 Step 8: Using your finger and some Gesso, lightly wipe your finger over the raised creases in the modelling paste to highlight the texture.

 Step 9: Once you are happy with the colours you can leave to dry then decorate.


 I hope you enjoyed my happy accident! 🙂


Dusty Attic 

Birdcage #6 –  DA0714
Flutterbies #2  – DA0713mini Birds #1DA0723

Dusty in Bloom – Cornsilk, Wild Moss, Smokey Blue & Leaves


Modeling paste
White Gesso
Clearsnap – Smooch Spritz- Green Olive, River Mossy & Sea Breaze
Beads & Gauze
Kaisercraft Rubons & Bling

Thanks for dropping by!
Have a great day!
Michelle x


Today for Tomorrow

Thanks so much for the modelling paste tutorial. I purchased my first jar of paste this week and am ready for a creative adventure. Started off with a Crafters Workshop Stencil and that was fun. Definitely like your verse for this one.


This is stunning as is your bird ATC I am going to make a canvas soon, you have inspired me with this and yes that quote is awesome too 🙂


The extreme we go to for creativity, lol Love the way you created that texture, such a beautiful piece.


OK, adding that to the list for August. Canvass backgrounds with Shell belle.
Debbie K

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