Stamping on Canvas

by Sharon Tidwell

Stamp a scene on canvas and give it a fine art look with watercolor crayons.


  • Canvas - a 5" x 7" canvas used here

  • Water misting bottle

  • Watercolor crayons

  • Stamp set

  • Paintbrush


  1. Step 1

    Lightly mist the canvas with water. Work to get a fine mist along the entire work area. If it forms drops, use the paintbrush to spread the water evenly.

  2. Step 2

    Add color using watercolor crayons. Go over the crayon strokes with a paintbrush to create a watercolored look.

    Colors used here are Not Quite Navy for the sky and Bashful Blue for the water.

  3. Step 3

    For a more realistic look, use a paper towel to dab the still moist sky and create the look of clouds.

  4. Step 4

    Add a green line to define the horizon. Use the paintbrush to blend the color.

  5. Once the background is done, set aside to dry.

  6. Step 5

    Mist your image very lightly with the water bottle.

  7. Step 6

    Begin applying color directly to the image with watercolor crayons.

    Here, Garden Green was used on the trees and Always Artichoke for the grass. It is fine to blend the colors, this will give it a more natural look.

  8. Add other colors as needed.

    Chocolate Chip was added here to define the branches.

  9. Step 7

    Stamp the image. You may need to very lightly mist the stamp again if it has dried.

  10. Step 8

    Complete the project.

  11. Step 9

    Frame the project to create a wonderful gift.


Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love your technique and tutorial! You did great for the first time! I would have been a little nervous too! What type of store carries this size canvas? Can you do this on a canvas tote bag? Also, what size did you use?
Jan  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 5:20 AM
Great tutorial but where do you purchase the canvas?
Thank you,
Joan Schoppe
Joan  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 6:34 AM
I loved your video!! Hard to believe it was your first time. I look forward to more videos highlighting your creativity!! I might have to try that very technique today!!
Willow  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 7:14 AM
Thanks for your comment, and for the pep!
I picked my canvas up at Michaels, in the painting selection they carry a pretty good variety. Mine is done on a 5x7 piece. Thanks for looking!
Have a great day!
Sharon  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 7:15 AM
This is an awesome project! I love using my watercolor crayons and I can't wait to try this! Great gift idea!
Verna  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 7:16 AM
Oh, I am going to try this technique thru out the year-- making several and framing.... to sell at craft fairs (one here in Scottsboro, AL) and as gifts for family and friends. Also, an art form that I can brag about to a friend who paints abstract art!! Next time I'm to Michaels I will pick up some 5x7 canvas but I will check Wal-mart to see what they have, if anything. Thank you.
Carolyn Smith  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 7:34 AM
Check Blick Art Supplies. If you don't have any stores in your area, look online. I think their prices are the best.
Susan  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 7:38 AM
Great tutorial!! I can't wait to try this. I guess I'll be heading out to Michael's today!
Debi  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 7:43 AM
Wonderful project and tutorial. You did such a great job for your first tutorial video!! I have seen small canvases at our local dollar store, so I am heading there today. Thanks so much!
Karen Aicken  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 8:07 AM
Wonderful video and very easy to follow. Now to buy some canvas.
Julia  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 8:13 AM
Very Cool. I will have to try canvas. I have used watercolor paper & Lyra Aquacolors with PennyBlack Stamps often, which turn out stunning. This will have to be my next project.
Thanks so Much for sharing.
Tinalouise  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 8:31 AM
lovely tutorial, well done. i have to find my crayons now and have a go. you have a lovely voice, i hope you do more video
pam niblett  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 9:24 AM
Stunning technique! I love how you magically created the clouds! You have such a soothing voice...thanks a bunch for creating this tutorial! I can't wait to try it!
Vina  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 9:48 AM
I have also found canvasses at the local dollar store!
Jessica  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 9:56 AM
You did a great job!! Would have never known it was your first video!! I have always wanted to try watercolor crayons, but have hesitated. Now, I will difinitely get some and also try using a canvas instead of paper!! Thanks! Keep all the great ideas coming!
Donna  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 10:02 AM
Great job!
trudy Ellis  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM
Great video. I don't have the watercolor crayons, but they certainly look easy to use. Thanks!
Pam  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 10:54 AM
Where do you find canvas? Is there a certain kind/brand to be looking for?
Roxanne Ferner  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 11:51 AM
Lovely tutorial! You did a great job for your first time. You planned it and exicuted it very well. Thanks for sharing!
Jessica  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 11:53 AM
Fabulous technique...I have never thought of using watercolor crayons on stamps...fabulous job on your first video as well. Thanks so much.
Daphne  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 12:07 PM

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