One of the things I really love creating are mixed media canvases. It’s so wonderful to get creative in this way. I love layering on the different medium and it’s always an adventure as each piece will turn out unique and different. I may start with something in my mind and then the path can twist and turn into a totally different direction.
Today I’m excited to share a new mixed media canvas that I’ve created for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog. It’s their first anniversary of creative mixed media challenges and I’m excited to be guest designing for them again for this special celebration. I first guest designed for MMMC in September of last year and really enjoyed creating for them. You can find my other mixed media canvas here if you’re interested in taking a peek.
To start off this project I used a 4″x12″ canvas. They come in a package of three at a local store. You can use them apart or together, vertically or horizontal. As I was thinking I wanted to create some kind of a spring landscape piece, I ended up choosing just to use the one canvas in a horizontal format. As the canvas came pre-primed it was easy to get right to work (or play).
I wish I’d taken photos of this canvas for step outs to share with you but I must admit I get a little excited when I’m creating and sometimes forget to stop and chronicle the journey. There are quite a few layers in this piece. I just keep working at it and getting messy until it feels right. Often in a mixed media piece, the more layers you add, the more depth and interest it gives the final project. Of course, like any project, mixed media designs can be overworked keep your eye on the design and stop when it feels right.
- Adhere pieces of Melange Tissue over the canvas surface with Multi Medium
- Brush on Gesso to areas of the tissue to make some of it a little more opaque.
- Add in layers of Gelatos color. I like to scribble on the color and keep blending it with my finger and building it up.
- Add texture paste to the canvas to add in dimension. I used a dot stencil with Ranger Texture Paste in three areas of the design. Make sure you wait until the paste is well dried before continuing.
- Add in more Gelatos color to highlight the texture.
- Add in grass detail with India Ink markers.
- Final layer: add in texture paste with the Blossom Stencil and allow to dry.
The anniversary celebration challenge at MMMC was to choose a previous challenge from the previous year to be inspired by. I actually chose two challenges to be inspired by. Challenge number 3: Stencils and Modeling Paste and Challenge number 12: Flowers. As you can see I’ve worked both into the design. Please join me this month for the Celebration at Mixed Media Challenge Blog! You can check out all the fun, inspiration and details on their blog here.
Keep on creating!