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.
- A 10″ x 10″ wooden panel
- old book pages
- DecoArt Media matte medium
- DecoArt Media modeling paste
- DecoArt Media white gesso
- Martha Stewart adhesive silk screen (one similar)
- Golden fluid acrylic – quinacridone nickel azo gold
- Golden acrylic glazing liquid
- Golden fluid acrylic – green gold
- Pebeo studio acrylics DYNA iridescent blue green
- Golden acrylic quinacridone magenta
- Golden acrylic iridescent gold (fine)
- Golden acrylic titanium white
- Bombay India Ink white
- grunge letters stamps
- tissue paper
- Ranger archival ink jet black
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.
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.
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.
This piece is called “Abide in me” and is available for purchase.
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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