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How to make a rustic hessian canvas

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8 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Preparing the hessian

    • 4. Covering the frame

    • 5. Preparing the painting surface

    • 6. Drawing the design

    • 7. Painting the picture

    • 8. Varnishing (optional)


About This Class


An easy project to make a rustic-looking painting using hessian as the canvas. Perfect for decorating a country home or as a gift for someone who lives the country lifestyle. A great way to use up scrap hessian cloth and reuse the frames of painting disasters.


1. Introduction: in this project, I'll show you step by step, how to create this lovely looking grass stick hissy and canvas painting. We'll start by looking at the tools and materials you'll need to have ready how to prepare the hissy and to remove any wrinkles. How do you cover your frame? How to apply a surface to paint on using Jess. Oh, how to easily draw your design onto your surface, how to paint this picture and we'll finish on how to varnish painting. 2. Materials: for this project, you're going to require a selection of materials and tools, as you can see on the table. Firstly, you're going to require a wooden frame to support the hissy in cloth. This can be a canvas, pre made canvas or one that you've used before that you don't like and want to throw away. You can throw away the canvas material, but keep the frame. Then we're going to need a piece of Haitian or jute cloth, which would be large enough to cover over the frame lapping the ages. I'll show you in the next session how to get rid of the creases and wrinkles. We're also going to need a screwdriver staple gun PV, a glue, Jess Oh, and sandpaper, as well as a spray bottle filled with water paintbrushes, Acrylic paints a reference picture you can use the one I've provided or use your own and finishing off with an acrylic varnish. 3. Preparing the hessian: I'm going to start by preparing my hissy and to remove creases and wrinkles in the fabric. I'm going to start by preparing my table with the waterproof layer. This is just a plastic tablecloth. So I have a lot to prove. Layer on. Then one or two ordinary old towels on onto that, I'm going to lay out my first piece off issue and then with a spray bottle. I'm just going to spray water over the creases on over the fabric. You don't want to soak the fabric, just make its depth. So just spraying over the fabric to dampen stamping it, but not make it wish. I'm gonna do a few of these, so I'm just going to lay on another a couple, like so smoothing them out. I already feel that creases are coming up. Smooth the money out. Just try and make them. Even so, I mean, laying on tells later and then I'm gonna take a board on, lay it on top on, then just case something heavy on top just to keep that flat and leave it for a few hours to dry. Okay, I've lived these for about an hour, and I'm now going to just take them down. As you can see, they're quite smooth on flat, still a little bit damp, but that's OK. I can actually start doing the next stage with them, so just keep storing them flat so that they don't increase. 4. Covering the frame: now that my hissy and is prepared, I'm going to just sit that aside for a moment, and I'm going to start by removing this existing canvas material from my friend. Just a ordinary screwdriver will do. Let's hit screwdriver. Just make sure that you use it away from you so that you don't cause yourself any injury. Just removed Staples. Use a pair. Applies as well, if you need to. I've removed all the staples from the outsides on. I'm just now going to remove the frame from the canvas. Put that aside. The canvas is still good for use if you want to use it for just ordinary painting so it don't throw it away. Use it for another project. No going to take my my history in my bill and I'm taking the frame that I just pulled the canvas off the side where I got all the holes from the staple, the previous staples. I'm going to place face down this time so that we can just save it that way. But I'm not gonna take my staple gun, and I'm going to start stapling the canvas onto the frame. We think so. Starting on one side. I'm pulling it tight. I'm gonna statelet in Santa, push that down while pulling tight as well and do the same on the opposite side and again, pulling it tight state point and then back on the opposite side again, right? No, I'm just going to trim the itch trim off the exists and in the corners. I'm just going to be removing triangle into the corner. This will just make it easier to pull in the corners from the outside into court. All right? No, I will continue on the side and getting the same story starting in the middle, talking in a corner, in a corner, pulling it corner. Okay, guy game. Just trimming the each. Only we go it now canvas has being covered. Our final step is just to ensure that the ages don't fray on. I'm going to do this by applying P b A glues. It's just painting it on quite liberally onto the edge. Doesn't have to look pretty. We're just applying the paint onto the age quite perfectly. Here we go. So I will now leave that to dry 5. Preparing the painting surface: Okay, so my canvas is not dried. Nice. Sleep the back. And I'm now going to apply the geezer. If you've not used J Store before, it's on a chronic medium used for prime ing your surface. So I'm going to apply this home to the canvas. I'm going to leave an age so that I can maintain that hissy in look, so just feathering the edge don't want it to look too straight. Okay, I'm going to let that dry now. Andi, I'll apply at least another two or three coats. I've now applied four layers of gesso to my kissy in and allowed it to dry. As you can see, the surface is a lot more smooth, but it's still quite rough and bumpy in places, so I'm going to take some sandpaper with a fine grip. This is about 240 so using that, I'm just going to now down. Be sure to support the underside while you do that. Okay, I've sanded down the surface, removing all the bumps and lumps. It's still quite rough, but that's the idea with this particular piece. So I'm just going to leave it like that, taking a dent cloth just to wipe off the dust now that allow that to dry before we apply the paint 6. Drawing the design: we're now going to draw our design onto our new canvas. Don't worry. If you don't think you can draw, I'm going to show you how to cheat. So I've printed out my reference picture to the right size that will fit on my canvas. And I'm now going to take a pair of scissors and just cut around the in part off the design . Right. I have cut out my design, and now, using a pencil, I'm just going to try STI outline onto the canvas. So I've got the outside shape and I'm gonna keep continue casting to get the individual pieces in. There you go. 7. Painting the picture: and now we'll paint in our design. I'm using normal acrylics just in primary colors in order to mix the colors on need. Stoute, This one here, I'm applying a base coat. Start off with. I'm going to add a little bit of yellow to the paper at the back. Since that one is a little bit orange and I'm gonna mix a green using my blue and my yellow right , I'll let that dry. My base coat is now dried, and I'm not going to recline some highlights and some shadowing areas. I'm going to start with the yellow and to make the darker areas, I'm going to add just a little bit of read, so I'll take a little bit this color. Here, apply that in green. Got in there. That's OK. It was good. Yeah, And do the same again. Read. Adding a little bit of blue into the color to make a doctor read. Make a bit of a darker color. Dark green. That's for some shelter area here. Not gonna plumber highlights still about and finish it off. I'm just going to make a shadow area at the boats. Um and there we go. Our picture is complete 8. Varnishing (optional): this last step of the project is optional. If you'd like to varnish your painting, use an acrylic varnish. I've got a bit of Matt varnish in this cup. You only need a very little amount, and I'm going to add just a little bit of water to it. Just a watered down slightly. Just take a little bit more runny just to make it a bit more running, right. I'm now going to apply the varnish onto the canvas using the wide brush and Finley applying it with your varnish. You want to keep your brush strokes even. Okay? And all you need to do now is let it dry.