Abide in me! A mixed media canvas tutorial 2

Hello Kraafters!

Today I have a mixed media canvas tutorial for you that I was inspired by a verse I read in my devotional this morning…

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you,

you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” -John 15:7

You can follow along here or you can watch the entire full length process video on YouTube. Either way, here is the complete supply list in case you were going to make your own.

abide mixed media canvas



Start by gluing down the papers to the wooden panel using the matte medium. Be random aout it. Don’t think too much. All you need is to have text and that visual texture running throughout the background.

abide mixed media canvas supplies

Use stencils and silk screens with the modeling paste to create a second layer of textures. I used a very thin layer because of the live show – for drying purposes – but for a better glazing experience, you might want to try a thicker application. 

abide mixed media canvas paper layers

Mixing the glazing liquid with the color, you can paint it on over the piece and then after waiting a minute or so…you could wipe it back a bit with baby wipes. That is surely what I was going for…but alas it did not go over too well. For one thing, I didn’t have enough modeling paste on the piece to actually hold the glaze in the crevices. Secondly, I didn’t have the baby wipes handy. So, my solution was to just swipe on some more paint over the ferns and hoped for the best.

I then added some visual textures and layers by stamping with a texture tool (bumpy craft foam), rubbing Pebeo paint along the edges with my fingers and then adding drips of green gold and water.

Using an old gift card, I swiped the quinacridone magenta acrylic paint through the Martha Stewart silk screen to create the incredibly detailed flower outline. I then mixed some of the same color with the glazing liquid to create a very transparent paint. I painted the transparent paint over the petals to fill in the flower. Then I used the gold to spice up the center. 

Before the show, I stamped the word onto the tissue paper using Archival Ink in jet black so it wouldn’t smear as I glued it on with the matte medium. The tissue just disappears and looks great when it dries.

I decided it needed white. dabbed some in the very center and a few highlights on the petals. Then I decided to use the india ink to splatter some white all over the piece. I will admit that the proper tools are a must! I used a couple brushes and both were the wrong ones!! I loved a suggestion that was made in the live chat during the show…use a toothbrush! Duh, that would have been a great idea! I wish I had one close by…time to unpack some stuff and find some art supplies!!! ha ha

I added a few swipes of titanium white and added some more of the Pebeo green blue ere and there to tone down the green gold that I felt had taken over.

abide mixed media canvas final piece

This piece is called “Abide in me” and is available for purchase.

abide mixed media canvas close up 2

abide mixed media canvas close up 1

I hope that you enjoyed this mixed media tutorial.

If you like to see the live action, feel free to watch the entire process right here:

UPDATE: – I woke up the next morning and it just needed something… so I added some black paint through a stencil in three spots, fixed the flower center, added black edges and varnished it. I also decided it was so pretty, everyone should have it! So if you sign up for our newsletter, you will have the digital image delivered to your inbox!

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About Heather Kraafter

First and foremost, I am a child of the One True King! I am blessed to be married to my best friend and was privileged to stay home and raise my boys. I began the Kraaft Shaak in 2010 as a way to experiment with crafting mediums and to teach others what I have learned and have come to enjoy it as my creative passion. Taking the 'show on the road' is my latest passion and each day is one step closer to that dream. Thanks for being a part of that journey too!


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