When I decorate my canvas that I use to make purses, wallets or journal covers, I do it in layers using stencils I have purchased or made my own. I also use Masks, Punchinella, Doilies, Lace Pieces..........or anything that will make a design on the canvas. For all of these pictures I used acrylic paints to make the base designs. I am not in my studio right now so will post pictures of the actual stencils I use in my next post. I just start grabbing stencils and paint and just do it......... I like to mix colors sometimes or just use one base color. The canvas I used here was some I bought from a store called SAS (like a discount mills end store with fabric, lace, trims, zippers, etc.) as it is so much cheaper there than at an art store.
In the photo where there are two different pieces shown, they are done with a monoprint of the original piece I did.