Today’s post features one of my contributions to issue 15 of Crafter’s Inspiration magazine by Crafter’s companion out this week. It’s a 12 x 12 mixed media canvas which gives some inspiration on how to use the free dies and embossing folder which come free with the magazine.
12’ x 12’ primed canvas
Water colour card and mount board (optional)
Collall glue gel
Pink glitter embossing powder
CI15 die set
Sheena Douglass Autumn Branches
Diesire small Stitched Banner
CI15 Ornate Lace folder
Darice- Script; Gem Swirl;Floral Paisley and Bird houses Post
Sheena Douglass –Groovy Flower Power; Grunge Tree and Clouds
Crafter’s Companion- ‘Twit Twoo’ stamp set- sentiment-“ A little bird told me”
Leonie Pujol-‘Sunflowers forever’; ‘Bohemian doodles
AquaTint inks- Numbers: 58;53;16;34;26;27
Pebeo Deco Creme- Numbers:4;16;18; 27;29
Pebeo Dyna Number: 356
Specrum Noir Sparkle pens – Clear;Amethyst and Sand Dune
Distress ink-Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry
Pebeo Deco Creme- Concrete relief paste
Pebeo Gilding wax- King Gold
Using Tacky glue stick an A4 piece of water colour card horizontally across the top of the canvas.’ Repeat’ emboss two 12’ bands of watercolour card using the Paisley and Bird houses folders. Rather than having straight edges, cut freehand ‘spiky’, ‘curly’ grass shapes on the Paisley and ‘mountain’ curves above the bird houses. Layer together and stick to the bottom of the canvas.
Using AquaTint inks paint horizontal bands of colour across the canvas. (purples and pinks for the sky, orange and yellow in the centre and pinks and greens for the foreground) Using a paint brush and water, faux bleach a half circle for the sun in the centre of the canvas blotting with kitchen towel. When dry sand the entire embossed area with a sanding block.
Using no.4 yellow paint stencil clouds across the centre. Using the relief paste stencil leaves around the top of the canvas. When dry ink with pink ink. Finally stencil small flowers randomly around the picture using sparkle medium and leave to dry.
Die cut the branches x2. Freehand cut a shape for the tree trunk and a large curved branch. Remove elements from the die cuts and stick along the curved branch to create an arched tree shape. Colour with a purple sparkle pen.
Die cut multiple flowers, leaves and hearts using the magazine die set. Colour with a combination of the aquatints and acrylic paints. Whatever you fancy. Accent with sparkly gems and clear sparkle pen. Use the Sand Dune pen to add veins to the leaves.
Die cut 3 birds along with wings. I used mount board but you could also multilayer card and stick together. Emboss bird bodies using Darice embossing folders. Emboss watercolour card using the magazine folder and fussy cut lace elements for the bird’s tails. Colour all the elements with acrylic paint (I used a mix of 27& 29 to make teal for the bodies and pink Dyna paint for the tails). When dry, gild with gilding wax and attach mesh, twine and buttons to the tails.
- Die cut banner, stamp sentiment and lightly highlight with ink.
- Stamp and emboss some flowers across the centre of the canvas between the birdhouses. Cut baker’s twine and stick to canvas as flower stems.
- Finally, assemble all the elements. Use Collall gel in parts to create dimension. Ink around the edges of the canvas with a darker distress ink and paint canvas sides with no.16 acrylic paint.
- If cutting mount board, the bird dies will cut this if put through the Gemini 3 times.
- The important elements for a mixed media canvas are: Colour; texture and Layout.
-Select your colour palette first and gather a range of colouring mediums consistent with this palette.
– Texture can be achieved by embossing, sanding, stencilling, stamping etc but also by sticking down a range of materials at different heights and neutralising with gesso.
-One suggested layout for a scene is to divide the canvas into thirds with the focal point being just above the centre.
- Enjoy to process! It’s good to have a basic plan before you begin but its best to embrace what happens- It will never turn out how you think. Your creation will be unique- have fun!!
13 thoughts on “‘A little bird told me’-mixed media canvas”
Beautiful piece of art Lisa.
Thanks Laureen. X
Fab love the colours
Thanks Cynthia! X
Wow, this is a stunning canvas, so much detail. Love it. Creative Blessings, Tracy x
Thanks very much Tracy. Really appreciate your comment. X
What can I say Lisa, your work takes craft to another level. Such an inspirational piece!
Oh Laine you are so kind! Really appreciate you taking the time to comment xx
Oh wow this is a stunning canvas. Thank you for the step by step. Take care. Hugs Jackie
Thank you Jackie x
Many thanks ! X