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Winter Wonderland Canvas Makeover

By: ZuZu's Petals Altered Art and Stuff
December 3, 2015

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Winter Wonderland Canvas Makeover
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With Samhain (Halloween) behind us now, it is time for one of my other favourite festivals, Yuletide. It’s a wonderful theme for crafting too and I kicked it off by giving an old “previously used” canvas a makeover. This canvas will be double sided as I am going to put a little winter scene in the niche at the back. 

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Cyan
  • Snow-Tex 4oz - Snow-Tex
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference - Blue Interference
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference - Violet Interference
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Brilliant Turquoise
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Majestic Purple
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Silver Spark
  • Glamour Dust Sprinkle on Glitter
  • White Cardstock
  • Gem Embellishments
  • Snowflake Die Cut Shapes
  • Die Cut Letters


I started with a canvas I had decorated back in June 2014 that i was fed up with. I pulled off any extra embellishments first and then applied a coat of gesso right over all the existing texture. You can obviously start with a new canvas or some other substrate if you wish but it will still need the gesso. 

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When your Gesso has dried, prepare your base colour. I used 2 parts Titanium White to one part Primary Cyan 

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You need to apply your paint with LOTS of water. The gesso is happy to accept acrylic paint but it is a bit more resistant to the water and I need this for the effect I hoped to achieve. 

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As the paint dried, little pockets of resistance to the water appeared and it looked a bit like falling snow. Keep in mind this is not an effect you can control and it will happen randomly and differently every time.

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Now add some Snow-Tex to the bottom of the canvas. 

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Next, I used some Liquid Glass to make icicles. 

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While the snow-tex and liquid glass are still wet, I lightly sprinkled some Glamour Dust glitter over it now set it aside to dry.  

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I used 2 large snowflake die-cuts as well as some snowflake borders and smaller snowflakes. I started be sealing them with Deco-page medium followed by a sprinkle of glitter.

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Next I added a coat of crackle glaze.

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When the crackle glaze had dried (and cracked) I added some Media Interference acrylics.

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I wanted to further highlight the cracks in the snowflakes so I used Metallic Lustres. I still wanted them to be reasonably subtle though so instead of using them as they are, I applied them with a brush and watered them down.

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Now simply assemble your snowflakes on to the canvas with glue and add some little sparkling gem embellishments. 

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Very pretty, love the little crackles

Kathy Gledsdale

December 3, 2015

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL Louise. You used all my fav products. I think the glamour dust is a DecoArt best kept secret - love how it looks and love the colors! All your textures and layers are WONDERFUL. Your last picture here makes my heart go ZING seeing all the yumminess there!!! j.


December 3, 2015

Beautiful canvas and great tutorial!

Candy Colwell

December 4, 2015

I have to agree. especially at this time of year. I LOVE my glamour dust. so frosty and magical. :) thank you for your comments. x

Louise Zuzu

December 4, 2015

This is stunning! That canvas is blowing me away. LOVE how you used the interference and the lustres.


December 6, 2015

I love how this canvas is festive and yet playful at the same time, Louise! The glamour dust has never looked better! Claudia xxx


December 12, 2015

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