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The almost ruined mixed media canvas....a tutorial


Mixed-media-canvas-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-The-Crafter's-Workshop

I grew up believing that a real artist is one who can draw and paint. Now that I'm dabbling in mixed media, I really think that we can all be artists....with the right "tools" of course...*winks*. Scroll down for the tutorial on how I created this mixed media canvas for The Crafter's Workshop.


I started with scrunched up wrapping tissue which I adhered with Liquitex matte gel medium [If you don't have this, you can substitute with 2 parts white glue and 1 part water]. After a layer of gesso, I added colours using Derwent Inktense blocks and water [If you prefer pastel colours, you can use Faber Castell gelatos instead.]. 


 Then I stamped along the edges using a Stampers Anonymous stamp and Ranger Archival Ink. 


Next I applied Liquitex Light Modeling Paste through The Crafter's Workshop stencil. Now I love light modeling paste because the texture is light and fluffy, easy to spread, dries fairly quickly and holds peaks...perfect for a little texture on my tree trunk.

Then I added colour to my trunk and branches using Art Anthology Sorbet paint. This dimensional paint adds texture and sparkle. After that I painted in my leaves using Daler Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylics and a small paintbrush. [You can use any acrylic paints for this but I love the shimmer in these.]


I "finished" my tree with Golden gold mica flakes and painted the edges of the canvas with blue paint.


Here's a closeup so you can see the textures.


My intention was to include an inspiring quote but I totally "ruined" it and had to salvage the canvas by adding a photo of my niece on it...Good save, eh? *High fives all around.*

P/s: Happy weekend friends!


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18 comments:

Shylaa Shree said...

this is really stunning dear
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Tone-Lill said...

The way your canvas turned out I think this is absolutely gorgeous and such a cutie on the photo too ;) .... You are a true artist who turned an almost ruined canvas into such a gem...Love it a million my friend :)

Neha Upreti said...

It looks beautiful Yvonne!! Love the mixed media background you have created and pic of cute little girl! !!

Pallavi said...

Absolutely lovely.

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Wow ! The tree is awesome..blooming with lovely textures !

Radhika said...

Awesome Yvonne ! love the texture and the tree ..:)

Lisa said...

This is absolutely stunning!! The tree looks amazing!! I love the texture and colors!! The mica flakes are the perfect touch!! And such a sweet picture of your niece!! She's so adorable!! Have a great weekend :)

Lisa
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Shelly said...

Yeah, so this is quite AWESOME!!! Love that you 'saved' it...the pic of your niece looks perfect on it! ;) Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!

Cindy deRosier said...

Stunning!

Lizzy Hill said...

...but I don't get it? How did you ruin it? Why did you think you'd 'ruined' it? Why could you not add that quote???? Mind you, I think your girl looks THE cutest in the corner...but what's she hiding????? AGGGH!!! TELL ALL?????? BTW....brill canvas, as I commented on Over There.....LOOOOVE the step tut, too:):)

Ashley Horton said...

She fits right in on your gorgeous canvas, Yvonne!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Awesome and inspiring work on canvas Yvonne!
I want to try now ;)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

The niece is much better than a quote :) I loveeeeeeee this! GORGEOUS colors and loveeeeeeeeee the tree!!!!

dstandard said...

This is just so awesome! I love it!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Great save, Yvonne!!! And thanks for telling us how you made this beautiful mixed media canvas!!!!

Caz said...

I'm dying to try a mixed media canvas!! Hopefully one day i will :-P

Audrey Pettit said...

Haha, you always brilliantly salvage everything, my friend! Wow, this is jaw-droppingly gorgeous! I love the background, and that tree is amazing. The gold mica flakes totally puts this over the top!

Helen Tilbury said...

I saw this on the CW blog & thought it was awesome!!

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