Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mixed Media Canvas/layout

It's been a while since I've been online due to having to deal with some urgent personal issues but I've really missed crafting and interacting with all the fab crafty ladies online so I've made a commitment to get back into the swing of things as soon as possible. I thought I'd get the ball rolling by posting a LO I did a while back but never got around to posting.
It's one of my favourites for several reasons. Firstly, it was one of my first attempts of combining mixed media canvas work techniques with scrapbooking and secondly, I absolutely adore this picture of my DD and teal/turquoise are some of my favourite colours.
To start I first covered the entire canvas with some gesso beceause at that point I wasn't quite sure which direction I was headed so I wanted a good foundation to work on no matter what. I then misted some Pink Paislee mistable pp's with some of the divine Lindy's Stamp Gang starburst sprays. I placed the misted pp in the centre of the canvas so that it could be used as a solid background for my photograph. I then really got my hands dirty and had a blast adding some textured molding paste to the canvas forming a border around the misted pp. I used my finger to create some swirls in the paste along the right border and then used a palett knife to tap the paste to create that really fantastic looking textured finish at the bottom of the canvas. I wanted to try something completely new and unique so I dug out some glass chips I had used for a one of my kids school projects and did a glass mosaic type  finish along the left and top of the canvas. I did this by first adding a thick layer of molding paste to the canvas which I then embedded the glass chips into. I didn't want the traditional smoothed out finish you would normally do with mosaics so I left areas unfilled between the glass chips for a more distresed finish.
Once the paste had dried I coloured between the glass chips using several colours of LSG mists, starburst mixed with gel medium to create a paint and just went to town....!!!! This really was one of the most fun projects I've worked on.

After my background and canvas base was completely coloured and had dried I added my pic and some embellishments. I used the same LSG mists and paints to alter the iamroses flowers as well as this mini tag I made by adding wrinkled tissue paper to a normal mail tag with some gel medium. I then embellished the tag with some gems. I also coloured the lace and white photo corners with the LSG paint. I finished my project off by adding some gorgeous Prima flourishes.
I intend on trying a few more of these type projects in the near future because they're great fun to work on and it's a perfect opportunity to try new things you can't always get away with on paper bases.

Thanks for stopping by.........



  1. So glad you are BACK Wendy!!! This piece is so beautiful! You have quite the hand at textured pieces! HUGS!!!

  2. Gorgeous design! Love the!

  3. Om my gosh, this is stunning! Beautiful work!

  4. What a darling photo and a gorgeous page! The colors are fabulous and all the details are just beautiful!

    We miss you over at CSI! Hope you'll come play again soon!

  5. Mrs. Wendy....I am missing your work, for the past few months. I really hope everything is okay with you and your munchkins. Really...hope everything is okay. Sending you lots of blessings. XO