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Industrial Canvas

by: Brenda Brown
February 8, 2017

Industrial Canvas

Working on the 5 x 7 canvas boards gives me great opportunities to try out ideas without getting into larger canvases. I love that I can experiment with textures and colours and by recording these in a blog post whether that is here on the DecoArt Media Blog or on my own blog, I can then keep a record of what I have done so I can go back and use the process steps again with different colours etc. Why not try this background out using your own choice of colours, stencils, and elements.

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Turquoise
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Transparent Red Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - Black
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paint - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • Palette Knife
  • Assorted Stencils
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Water Mister
  • Elements for 3D Collage
  • Archival Ink - Coffee
  • Canvas Board

Instructions :

Using a canvas board which is 5 x 7 ins in size take a palette knife and mix DecoArt Modeling Paste and White Gesso together in about a 50:50 mix and then randomly and thinly spread it over the surface leaving some of the canvas board exposed and leave it to dry.

Add some textured stenciling using Modeling Paste.

One of my favourite ways of laying down colour is to mix watery washes and adding a little on the canvas, spritzing with water, letting it drip and then drying it before adding another layer and repeating the process until you are happy with it.

I chose two colours that look good together (Phthalo Turquoise and Raw Sienna) and would blend to create tonal contrasting colours. As well as spritzing and drying I also rubbed some of the colours around the edge of the canvas with my finger.

I searched out some metal and wood pieces to put together for a 3D collage and adhered them with DecoArt Crackle Paint which gave me some texture around the pieces when it dried. I didn't risk the large bulb staying in place without extra help so I glued that piece on with Matte Medium.

Next came a careful coat of Black Gesso to unify all the pieces and give me a surface to take the acrylic paints.

I also dry brushed everything with the most tiniest amount of White Gesso to give me some contrasts and highlights.

Begin adding patina colours over the elements starting with the same colours that were used on the background. Firstly the Phthalo Turquoise - dab and spritz some of the colour onto the background as well to build up the conformity of colours.

Then the Raw Sienna, repeating the step above.

I also mixed the two with some titan buff to get that lovely patina green colour and repeated the steps again.

Now to get more of the industrial feel by adding 'rust' with Burnt Sienna and Transparent Red Iron Oxide.

Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide...

... and Quinacridone Gold.

Finish off with a coffee archival ink pad rubbed extremely lightly over the stencilled areas to just highlight them with a rusty feel.

Don’t you just love the contrast of the lighter colours in the background with the grungy elements and rusty highlights on the stencilling?

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at this piece today and please let me know what you like or is useful.

Hugs Brenda xxx

Be sure to visit Bumblebees and Butterflies for more projects and to learn more about Brenda Brown.


Loving the textured numbers and that cluster of rusty elements Brenda. Lovely canvas. Tracy x

Tracy Evans

February 8, 2017

Wow Brenda! I love the texture here and the colours are so beautiful together! A fabulous canvas altogether! Hugs, Chrisx ps How is that whenever I try to group embellishments together it just looks like a junk heap?? I think I need to move my desk next to the computer and follow your step by step here!! x


February 8, 2017

Most BEAUTIFUL found objects EVER Brenda!! Put those beauties on your INCREDIBLE background and you have the recipe for FABULOUS. Xj.


February 8, 2017

Stunning as always Brenda and thank-you for sharing 'artistic secrets'! How on earth please do you manage to apply the black gesso and other colours to metals without marking the backing canvas? The timeworn effects are really impressive. Nicola x

Paper Profusion

February 8, 2017

Brenda you did it again : Created the most lovely fabulous piece of art. I LOVE this steampunk canvas. The colors ( and your techniques) are just perfect. Thank you for explaining the process. Hugs from Monica Spain


February 9, 2017

Totally fabulous industrial and timeworn feel Brenda and thanks for sharing the step by it!!!! Huge hugs Annie x

Annie G

February 9, 2017

Bravo! I really enjoyed watching these layered of products and colors come together! Great collage of found objects and a perfect rusted outcome on this mixed media canvas! Pinned for another look and perhaps a try some day when I get some of those products! Love, love, LOVE this!

Sara Emily Barker

February 9, 2017

Brenda, this is just fantastic! I completely loved your step by step tutorial and seeing how you've built up layers of color to achieve the rusted effect. Beautiful. love it!

Cheryl Grigsby

February 9, 2017

Oh wow Brenda, this is another stunner! I love the colour combo and the way you coloured those embellishments is superb! A gorgeous piece of art!

Anne R

February 9, 2017

Brenda - thanks so much for sharing this project. I love the idea of 3d collage but have been nervous about how to go about it. Your step by step is so clear and useful that I'm definitely going to give it a go. Thanks again. Love the project!

Jean Keay

February 9, 2017

Brenda, wow fabulous project and a great idea to use the smaller canvas boards to try out ideas and keep as a reference, will definitely be doing that. Thanks for the tutorial x

Jenny Shepherd

February 10, 2017

Stunning as always!!

Ellie Knol

February 10, 2017

Stunning as always!!

Ellie Knol

February 10, 2017

Lovely misted layers of paint and the rusted embellishing looks amazing. Alison x


February 12, 2017

Love the layers of colors on the metals. Excellent!


February 13, 2017

Simply awesome piece of artwork


February 14, 2017

Brilliant piece, brilliant tutorial, Brenda! XXX


February 15, 2017

Great tutorial, thanks Brenda. Xx

Hazel Agnew

February 16, 2017

Wow. Fabulous piece and a great tutorial. Thank you so much for the great photos and clear instructions.

Kathi R

February 16, 2017

A brilliant project Brenda, so glad I am finally catching up with it.... A truly winning colour combo and I just love the idea of using crackle paste as a collage medium, such a cool effect! The rusty touches are superb and a fantastic tutorial!


February 21, 2017

Brilliant love it & a good tutorial!

Dee Adams

February 21, 2017

this is wonderful - I love using the metals and the textured stencils makes the pc. thanks for sharing this with us


February 22, 2017

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