Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Grateful Everyday Mixed Media Canvas

Hello my friends! Hope all is well with you! Today I'm sharing another mixed media piece I made on an 8x10 Winsor & Newton canvas board. These are great for practicing mixed media, watercolor, painting, etc. because they are inexpensive and not too large, so the commitment to complete one isn't huge and if I mess up, no worries! I found mine in a 12pack on Amazon. And of course, I brought out my favorite go-to mixed media art supplies from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft to get started! Come along and see how this canvas came together! I'm linking it to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #8-Something New For The New Year. I used this fabulous Flower Of Life stencil from Stencil Girl for the first time since winning it last Fall.
First, I found a wonderful quote I liked from my Crafty Secrets "Words From The Heart" Book and I tore around the edges of it. Tearing helps to create a more unified and seamless look once it's adhered to the canvas. I used Gel Medium. (sorry for the blurriness)

Next, I painted a layer of Gesso over the entire canvas, except the quote. Now, my canvas is prepped for watercoloring with Design Memory Craft Gelatos®

After coloring along the top with white, silver and different blues and purples, I spritzed the colors with water and blended with my fingers, letting the color drip down. This made quite a mess and was so much fun!! I quickened the drying process between each step with my heat gun.
Now I mixed together a scoop each of Whipped Spackle and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. If you visit often, you may have noticed that I love to mix these two textural elements together to create the most yummy and sparkly embossing paste! Then I spread it over this really cool circle stencil from TCW and added some stamping in black and white inks, Prima flowers, hemp twine and a few sequins. Finally, I colored with Black Licorice Gelatos around the entire canvas and blended with water and my finger. I've noticed myself doing this a lot on my mixed media canvases...it seems to create a sort of a natural frame and I like it. I also dabbed a bit of Gesso over the flowers and edges to create a more vintage-distressed feel. Here are a couple more close-up shots....and I'm joining in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge #165-Anything Goes as always, and faith based or inspirational art.
I hope you enjoyed it and thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a creative and very blessed day!!


Unknown said...

BEAUTIFUL. I love the color and texture. I hope you will be back again really soon. Thank you so much for taking time to post your lovely art with us.
Word Art Wednesday

Sunny K. Lee said...

Love the textures :) I love Faber-Castell art supplies as well. I'll visit often to see your arts :)

Granmargaret said...

Lovely work.

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Karen Letchworth said...

This is FABULOUS, Linsey! I love the great textures, and also love that you've shared your technique. THanks so much, and please join us again soon.
God bless you!
Word Art Wednesday

Stampsnob. said...

Lovely Linsey, I am finding the gesso that comes with gelatos really thin ans runny . Do you notice that I am using regular artist gesso .....Your piece is beautiful so I see it is working for you ..Lis

Pamellia said...

Wow Linsey, this is spectacular! Love those colours and the mixture you made with the bead gel! I just added about a dozen things to my wish list! ha!! hugs until next time :)

Jo Williams Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

Oh Linsey this is gorgeous! I love all the texture and color. Beautiful!

Deepti said...

This is gorgeous, fabulous textures and colors !!

Anonymous said...

Girl, your mixed media stuff is so freakin' amazing!

Unknown said...

The color and texture of this canvas are amazing! I love that stencil with the drips through it!! Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday and Thank you so much for playing with The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!!

Donna B. said...

This is gorgeous! I love how you added the paint dripping over the texture. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Rachel said...

oh linsey, this is just such a beautiful canvas! it's been wonderful being on the Faber team with you! you create the most lovely projects and are such an inspiration! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!