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« on: January 18, 2010 06:24:12 PM »

I got the idea into my head that I wanted to be like that Lady on America Crafts, PBS Series, where she beaded pictures on Art Canvas.  My question, since I suck at drawing (I really do!!) can i iron on the Aunt Martha's Iron On Transfers onto art canvas?  I don't think they are treated with anything, but I don't want to take a chance.  If I can't use the canvases for that, then I can always crochet some appliques and glue them on. 

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2010 01:23:56 PM »

stretch your own canvas with muslin or silk and your good to go, you can buy canvas stretchers at a art store.

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2010 01:14:01 AM »

Yeah, I wouldn't try it on store-bought canvases  Undecided And better to put the transfer thingy on before stretching too...

You could also get specialty fabric and have something printed on it; a girl in one of my art classes got a graphic printed onto that shiny fabric used to make large signs and then stretched it onto a canvas...

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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2010 03:34:09 PM »

I've used iron-ons on canvas in the past, no problem  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2010 02:36:25 PM »

YES! You absolutely can. But, it may not work if the canvas has been gessoed so it's best to use your own canvas but really, stretching (deceiving word, there isn't really any stretching involved, it's just stapling it to a wooden frame) a canvas is not as hard as it sounds. In fact, you can buy some canvas (or use muslin or cotton), iron on your image, paint and bead it and then staple the fabric over a canvas that you've already got (or a crappy old painting from the thrift store/yard sale).

Or you might like to try this tutorial, it would work well with the technique you're interested in instead of using a canvas.

What might also work well with this is using one of the freezer paper stencil techniques you can find on here. I suck at drawing so I find images I like in books, online etc and trace them onto freezer paper, cut out the image, mix a little acrylic paint with fabric medium and away we go! (full instructions in the tutes, easy peasy too) Perfect looking images everytime, and I could embroider or bead them and then mount them using the tutorial in that link above. You could really get so many interesting projects doing a combo of these things, I think I just might have to try it myself so thanks for the inspiration!

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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2010 01:45:08 AM »

One of my projects in the past used iron-on transfers straight on to canvas. I used already gessoed/primed canvases because I think I spaced about stretching my own and it's what was around.

You have to be careful to get the iron up really hot and make sure the tranfers really stick. Mine are lifting in some places but that'd be my fault, haha.

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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2010 11:30:03 AM »

Has anyone used Gesso for an image transfer? That would eliminate the need for ironing, yes?

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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2010 09:48:05 AM »

I've seen unprimed linen "canvases" at the art store by my house, which would probably work really well if you're stitching the beads on. Gessoed canvases can be a little tough on the fingers to stitch.

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