Crafting in Black and White

Mixed media can be vibrant and colorful and these days it seems as if there are no limits to what designers are doing with color and materials, with the color palettes they are creating and exploring way outside of the traditional crafting boundaries.   Black and white photos, black and white imagery and black and white crafting is truly spectacular.  Black and white really means shades of black and white so the texture, the shadows, the details are simply amazing together.  

Canvas Corp loves to create in black and white and in black and ivory – both are the same family, but some things look great on stark white and others look perfect on a cream or ivory color.   Marie Johansson, one of our fabulous Canvas Corp Brands Crew Members, created 3 amazing pieces to showcase how great black and white can look.  

Heritage CanvasIMG_0761

Making a monochromatic project is a perfect way to explore new (and old) products. The choose of color could be made with inspiration from a picture, a feeling or maybe a new product line you want to play with. When you decide what color to use, it leads you to search trough your collected material to find suitable things to use. This is what happened when this canvas was crated.

Heirloom Agenda

Heirloom Art

Heirloom Agenda

The new Heirloom Collection consists of black and white papers with a heritage team. The choose of using the Pen and Ink paper made it natural to use black, grey and white for this project, and Canvas Corp Brands has a many suitable products for this color scheme.

Products for the Canvas: 

Heirloom Black & White Mixed Media Canvas

Start with an 8×8 Natural Stretched Canvas or the canvas size of your choice and spray with water.  Then mist with Glimmer Mist & Baseboard Mists and add splatters of Glimmer Glaze to form the base for the project. Modeling paste applied through a rose stencil was painted with Glimmer Glaze and Glimmer Mist to add a bit of texture and shifting color.  You can add stamped art and other details to created your background.


Once dry, cut out art from the Pen & Ink paper to make a focal point together with the heritage picture and black cord.  The fussy cut vintage art in black and white looks amazing and has a feel of a vintage stamp, but so much easier.


Add a vintage photo, trinkets, buttons and glass glitter that you can paint with Glimmer Glam to make it sparkle even more.


To see the post on Marie’s Blog

Dream Without Fear Black & White Card

The combination of different textures, products and patterns in black and white creates a stunning work of art.  Marie created this card that is very different from the canvas, but using the same very simple, very classy color palette, black and white.  


Products for the Card:

Layer the cardstock and e-glute to create the base of your card.  Crumple the tissue stock and glue to the e-flute.  The tissue is made with a special finish and thicker tissue than you will find for gift wrapping so it will stand up better when you use it for crafts, you can use it for gift wrapping too.


Fussy cut one of your favorite butterflies and bend the wings to create the dimension.  No color needed, the artwork is beautiful just like it is and it makes a beautiful focal piece for the card.



Add flowers, buttons and embellishments all in silvers, whites and blacks to finish off your card and then add a saying – we love Marie’s choice – Dream Without Fear!!!

Just Breath You Got This Black & White Tag

With bits and pieces of goodies a tag in black and white is a perfect ensemble.  Perfect for a wedding gift, birthday or for a friend that needs to be reminded that they have this and to just breathe. 


Products for the Tag:

Cut all the pieces to fit onto your tag, fussy cutting the butterfly and flowers of your choice.



To see more of Marie’s work visit her blog Create Without Limits and follow her on Instagram.


We asked Heather Kindt who is also part of the crew and an artist, write and contributor to many craft publications to share with us one of her black & white art journal pages so that we could showcase a very different look at black and white and the amazing contrast.  

black and white art journal designs

 Creating a collage of papers that are white/ivory with black with black papers featuring white/ivory artwork.  The combination of prints, scale and designs creates a very dynamic look and shows off Heather’s title – High Contrast – Never Subtle.

High Contrast art journalAdding black & white lettering is a great way to tell your story.  Heather adds lettering to most of her art journals and loves to play with different pens and markers, always taking them to their limits.  When lettering Heather suggested starting with a thin line to make your words and then go over them a few times creating an artsy look and covering up and fumbles you might have made.  Lettering is a fun way to add your thoughts without having to search for stickers, a saying or card that tries to say what you need to say.

To see more lettering by Heather and to follow her projects follower her on Instagram  – Color Me Heather

So next time you cannot decide what colors to choose, why not try black and white?  They combinations are still endless and the results are stunning.

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