This is a another project I started before I was indisposed but never got to share. I love working with Canvases and a close friend gave me some tiny 3 inch square ones to play with Powertex. But before I did that, I thought I would try traditional Mixed Media techniques to ease myself back into making canvases.
After covering the pattern paper and canvas with white and black Gesso respectively, I then started on two layers of stencil work. One of the key to mixed media, as with Art Journalling, is not to shy away from layering up techniques.
I started with a Stamposaurus Brickwork stencil and dabbed through green paint from Heidi Swapp (which is 9 years old and still going strong). A good acrylic paint, if well looked after will never dry out.
I only wanted to pick out the details of plant so I used masking tape to cover the parts of the stencil I was not interested in. I then added a mixture of Emerald Green and Gold Glitzcraft paste. This dries on many surfaces not just cardstock.
I could see, as you can in this photo that I had splodged slightly under the stencil (it wasn’t completely flat as I was working on angle. Glitzcraft pastes are very forgiving if you move quickly and you can tidy up minor errors with your finger nails.
At this stage, I knew I needed something to bring the plant alive so I added some Perfect Pearls, to add further dimension to the flowers. This is what I meant about adding layers – don’t be afraid to add more if the canvas needs it
To finish it off, I cut some flowers from another sheet of matching pattern paper and used it as the basis of decoupage. I then added a couple of Prima flowers with more perfect pearls in the centre of the flowers.
- Art:Nr – 3 Inch Canvas
- Ranger – Black and White Gesso
- Heidi Swapp – Green Acrylic Paint
- Stamposaurus – Brick Wall Stencil
- GlitzCraft – Plant Stencil, Emerald Green and Gold GlitzCraft Paste
- Crafters Companion – Pattern Paper
- Ranger – Perfect Pearls
- Prima – Paper Flowers
- Ranger – Glossy Accents
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