Starbucks Altered Canvas

The idea came to me when I saw Simon Says Stamp & Show's blog challenge last week: "What are you known for?" Sadly, I wasn't able to work on the project until the challenge deadline passed, but I forged ahead because once an idea is stuck in my brain, it's there to stay until I complete it.

I will be teaching this project to my All Things Tim Club this month. (That's Tim Holtz, of course!)

I love my Starbucks, as most of you probably already know. I'm sipping on one now in fact. (Venti half-caff Americano with light cream.) I actually stash Starbucks stuff in a little bin in my studio. Lids to the frappuccino bottles, cups, wraps, cards, etc. I saved this cup in particular because it has the old Starbucks logo on it. (I prefer this one to the new one, personally.) I hated to cut it in half, but how long am I gonna hold onto a paper cup? Might as well pay tribute to it and work it into my art. Right?

Here's how the project came together...
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The canvas measures 8 x 16 inches. I started by adhering paper to the front leaving a half inch of space around, then painted the edges with Red Pepper paint dabber. Messy, not neat.

To grunge it up, I rubbed Chocolate Gelato here and there, smearing it with a wet finger.

I ran over the whole thing with Vintage Photo Distress Stain. (Again, messy.) After it dried completely, I applied some texture with a brick wall stencil and some embossing paste. I had planned to rub color over the bricks, but didn't have to. I learned as the embossing paste dried that the color of the stain absorbs into it and the color comes through. (See detail photo below) This was a happy accident. 

Next is a 4 x 5 inch canvas. I painted the outer edges with Pool paint dabber, then spritz over the whole thing with water and London Blue ink spray. 

I stamped some dots over the surface, rubbed some Lettuce paint dabber with my finger along the edges, and once dry I gave it a shot of Patina mist.

In my stash I had some of the coffee wraps (what are these things really called?) and ran them through the Vagabond using various heart dies. I painted the raised ridges with Snow Cap White paint dabber and then Red Pepper around the edges with my finger. (See those messy fingers?)

Next, I cut out several flower shapes from Watercolor paper and had some serious fun with Dylusions sprays. Such wonderful vibrant color! After they dried, I stamped this image with archival black ink.

From artist canvas paper, I cut these letters after spraying them with color. After, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain.

I toned down some of the bright colors in the flowers with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. I added some butterflies (with texture) and some flourishes painted with Pearl paint dabber and inked with Walnut Stain. Buttons, metal flowers and gears adorn the centers of the flowers. As you can see, I did some stamping in the background using a coffee stain stamp and other various texture stamps.

I stained the cup with some watered down color and stain, then after cutting it in half, mounted it to the smaller canvas. Here's a good look at how the embossing paste bricks took on the color of the stain underneath. 

A faucet knob makes the perfect center to this large flower.

Sometimes things work out so nicely. This piece just makes me smile. Isn't that what being an artist is all about? The love of creating and the satisfaction with the finished piece. What a delight!

Thanks so much for popping in today to check me out. I hope you grab your paints and sprays and start having some inky fun! 


  1. Holy caffeinated cow, Annette, this is absolutely brilliant!!!

  2. I am a Coffee Girl, this is stinkin adorable, and I love all the textures....fabulous

  3. This makes me smile, too! What a fab canvas. Love what you did with the Dylusions and the stamping on the flowers... fantastic!

  4. I saw this beauty of FB and could not wait to come over here for a visit! This is beyond fabulous. Love every little detail. That 3-D cup is just such fun! Have a fabby day! Hugs!

  5. That is AMAZING!!! What a fab idea! Love it.

  6. Wow! Very cool project, love all the details and mix of mediums.

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  8. Really appreciate your BRILLIANT idea of using the faucet knob as the flower center.
    What did you do with the other half of the cup? Still holding onto it? :)

    Oops. For some reason there are always typos when I leave comments for you.

  9. Shout out from Kissimmee FL! What beautiful work you do. Saw this on tim's challenge post and had to check it out. What a cool piece of art! So glad I found your blog.

  10. love love love this - so creative!

  11. Lovely Buried Treasure post, I enjoyed visiting your blog!

  12. That is awesome!
    I remember seeing this!
    Great treasure!

  13. Hi Annette, I am visiting your blog through Seth's Buried Treasure project and so glad you decided to persevered with your fabulus Starbucks canvas. It's a beautiful treasure and I love all the unique elements and also the great recycling. Enjoyed my visit and am now following your blog on both Goodle and Bloglovin', so I can come back and visit.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  14. What a fabulous piece. I love your work and you have inspired me so much,thank you. I always look forward to seeing your blog and see how you achieved the wonderful looks you do.

  15. I absolutely love it! How did you attach the cup? I want to do something similar. Thank you!

    1. Thanks Kathy. I cut the cup in half and created a structure strip across the back of the cup, which I adhered to the small canvas with some strong glue. Probably Beacon's 3-in-1.


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