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Subway Art Canvas with Hazel & Ruby Stencil Masks

Hi All - today I'm creating some cool Subway art with stencil-masks from Hazel and Ruby - I've only just discovered this and there is some truly wonderful Subway Art that has been created using these letters across the web (just Google - Subway Art Hazel & Ruby), so I was eager to try this for myself.  

BEFORE you begin make sure you choose either a bright (or pale) paper if you are using dark paint or a dark or bright paper if you are using pale paint - this project has more 'pop' when the contrast is really obvious!

                                                         These are the stencil-masks I used



To recreate this canvas you will need:

  • Hazel & Ruby 'Stencil Mask Broadside Alpha'
  • X-Press It Heavy Weight Canvas
  • X-Press It Triple Tac Glue
  • Fab Scraps Paper 'Pink Flamingo'
  • Copic Markers: RV14, RV16, RV17, R39 & N5
  • Airbrush
  • Matte Acrylic Paints: I mixed 'Black' and 'Rose' for a velvet look
  • Stippling brush or foam brush
  • assorted embellishments (stencils, paper flower, twine etc)


Gather your supplies, make sure you have enough paper to cover the canvas.
Subway art 1
Coat the canvas with Triple Tac and glue the paper to the canvas - remove any air bubbles and allow to dry.  Once dry add another layer of Triple Tac over the surface of the paper to act as a protective coating (this makes sure the letters don't stick or lift the paper) - leave for 3-5 hours to completely dry.

  Subway art 2

Using Copic Sketch marker N5, stencils and an airbrush, add a pale grey design across the patterned paper.  N5 is my favourite grey as it looks great with both cool and warm colours and it isn't too dark!

Subway art 3

Using a variety of bright Copic markers and stencils, add designs across the paper.
Subway art 4
Use Hazel & Ruby Broadside Alphas to create a message, saying or sign, remove letters from plastic backing and adhere to the decorated paper - make sure you have smoothed the letters down well so that paint will not bleed under the stencil masks.  
Subway art 11
Using a foam brush or stippling brush, coat the entire surface of the canvas with paint.
Subway art 12
While the paint is still wet carefully remove each letter from the canvas.  You will need to use either a pin or some fine tweezers to lift the letters up.  Once the letters are removed, wash letters under warm water to remove the paint and then leave to dry.  Leave your canvas to dry overnight.

Subway art 5

Use the directions in the Copic Coloured Flowers tutorials to create a Copic coloured flower to match the colours used on the canvas.  I have trimmed off part of the flower so that it will sit flat.

Subway art 6


Use the same Copic Marker colours to add colour to some twine.  Glue the twine onto the canvas in a random twisting pattern.
Subway art 7
and this is the finished Subway Art canvas I created.

  Subway art 9

Happy Valentine's Day everyone, even if it is a little early!
I'm entering this in the Simon says Stamp Challenge Anything Goes with Twine or String!  I thought it only approprite as it's where I bought the twine from last year and it has been sitting in a draw waiting to inspire me ever since.