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Raw Canvas Staining Fun with Kim


A couple weeks ago my friend Kim and I met for a play date and did some fun stuff with Raw Canvas Staining and Painting.


We broke out my supplies including Flow Aid, which you need to be able to break the water tension of raw canvas and has also many amazing side effects that are cool to know so you can control things better, some inks, markers and stamps. Kim made this fun stocking first …it for sure will brighten up a very dark winter day.


I tested using the foam stamp of my Urban Scribble stamp with Flow Aid and Ink and then stamped on top with the Rubber stamp part or the set.


I loved the outcome and went on to do the same thing on an raw canvas apron.



I love that the colors are see through and how nicely defined it is. It is not the same as just stamping with paint onto your canvas- it is really just staining and it keeps the fabric soft and nice.


I also treated a little rectangle of raw canvas with some colors and used stamps and markers on top. I just love the look of color and the raw canvas texture – it makes it pop wonderfully. For myself I realized I like when there is a lot of raw canvas still showing.


After I frayed the edges I sewed the triangle with embroidery thread onto the top of the apron.


Meanwhile Kim continued playing and experimenting with the Batik Stencil, and markers




and played with the Bird stamp set on a little canvas string bag



Here is a stretched canvas which I did a while ago – I love how vibrant the colors stay and the depth and layering you can achieve.





And here is my sweet smiling friend Kim modeling my new apron.


It was loads of fun to play in the studio with a friend and really just for fun. I need to have a play date more often! If you are interested in Raw Canvas Staining check out my really extensive Raw Canvas Staining DVD or download the Video with heaps of techniques, tips and tricks – it is addicting .

Here are some links of what we used- some of them are affiliate links.


What fun thing did you do lately with a friend?

Comments (4)

  • Joi@RR


    WOW WOW WOW – love this apron! Why? Love NStudios and the CityScape is my fav!!! So you hit it over the home run fence – true eye candy!!! Not to mention the adorable smile on Kim’s face!!! Loved seeing all your raw canvas staining experiments. Such vivid colors and fun designs you both created. Thanks bunches for sharing your fun!! Xj.


    • nathalie-kalbach


      Awe thank you Joi and agreed Kim is a sweet heart :)


  • Charlotte Kirk


    I loved that look using your stamps!


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My new Acrylic Painting Workshop DVD’s and Downloads are out!

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My new Acrylic Painting Workshop Videos: Colorful Backgrounds, Acrylics Demystified, Raw Canvas Staining and Creating Canvas Texture are out now and I am super excited. It was so  much fun to make them and I love how they came out. They are loaded with techniques, tips and fun things. Here is a preview for all four videos:

You can purchase the videos as DVD’s but also download them. Here are the links:

Which one sounds the most interesting to you?

Have a wonderful day!

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  • Joi@RR


    ALL OF THEM sound the most interesting Nat because YOU are teaching them! Perhaps the colorful backgrounds would be my first choice but not sure that’s right either!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUPER choice of topics. So excited that you did these. I know they will be a great resource for us all. XXj.


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Raw Canvas Staining


Lately I am addicted to Raw Canvas Staining and painting. Something about this raw material just draws me in.

You might have noticed – I am not the only one :) You can spot the trend of paint stained material on a lot of clothes and home decor items this season. And some of this- you can just make yourself and have an individuell look – here I made my own pillow cases which fit exactly to our living room style and color wise!


I love the texture and layers you can archive through layering acrylic inks, soft body acrylic paints and markers and I love the versatility of what you can do with the stained raw canvas later on. You can stretch the canvas yourself on stretcher bars and hang it up, you can sew something, you can work on raw canvas totes, purses, aprons, you can use the stained canvas for your art journal covers, as elements in your mixed media collage, patches …you name it …endless possibilities.

I taught my Raw Canvas Class in March in Toronto and we had heaps of fun – exploring different techniques and possibilities and then having each of the student create a pillow case so that they had something to bring home as a finished project.

I will teach this Raw  Canvas Staining class again this month on May 16 at The InkPad in NYC. The location is the Westbeth Community Center – so we have lots of space!


I will show you how to apply the medium and how to use it so that it works, I will bring Liquitex Acrylic Inks, Paints, and Markers and more for you to work with. We will play with patterns, mark making, stamping, mono printing and stenciling. I will bring lot’s of extra raw canvas for you to play with and if you want you can bring a pillow case or a canvas tote or bring muslin as a different fabric – to create a finished project at the end of the class and create something with the newly learned skills and knowledge. I promise I throw in some extra thick german accent and some jokes  ;) and ….on a more serious note- loads of extra tips and tricks :)



You find more infos and details as well as the supply list and sign up info here at  The InkPad. There are still a couple seats open.

I hope to see you there!


Comments (1)

  • stephanie


    looks like a great class, wish I was closer!


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