Thursday, 4 February 2016

A simple mixed media canvas tutorial

I've been wanting to get messy and play with my paints for a while so thought I would do a tutorial in case anyone is interested. I kept changing my mind during the progress on what I was going to do...so I feel a few more canvases will be made! This is how the finished product will look.



So let's get this started! (Eek! You know how nervous I get doing this sort of thing right?) For the first section,  we are going to need:





I'm using a kitchen knife here instead of my palette knife as my little Miss 3 has relocated it lol. Also I have yellow acrylic paint in the photo but chose not to use it.



Using your knife, scoop large amounts of the moulding paste on your knife and spread it in thick uneven layers across your canvas. A note on moulding paste. As it dries, it will flatten and smooth a little.


You can use the knife edge to create sharper edges by angling slightly and dragging it across. Once you're satisfied with your texture,  let it dry. The time it takes to dry will depend on how thick your past is....you can speed this process up by using a heat gun or hair dryer (do not have it too close or it will create fumes, and bubble your paste). Of you do this please be careful to NOT touch the Paste until it has cooled. It will burn you.


Place your chosen acyrlic paints in small amounts close together. Using a broad soft brush, try to get your 3 colours on the brush (I suggest a damp brush to help blend a little easier).


In a smooth motion, drag your brush in the same direction as your texture. You may need to go back and forth a little to get into any little gaps. Don't be afraid to add more or less of one colour on the brush and don't be afraid to turn and angle your brush! This helps with blending your colours yet keeping them separate at the same time. It's best to work at a reasonably fast pace so the paint stays wet as you play with your colours. Add in single colours in some areas if you feel it is lacking. This is where I found I stopped playing too much so it didn't become too muddy.


You can see that the colours are slightly blended with highlights of the colours throughout.

Ok. Once your paint has dried (again you can hurry this process but please be careful!) you will need the following...


Firstly we'll use the archival ink pad and dab it it onto the chipboard.


As you can see I purposely didn't apply a heavy amount of ink, leaving some of the raw chipboard visible. 


For my quote, I have used one from a 12x12' Kaisercraft scrapbook paper and mounted it on card stock using Mod Podge. It's important to use a wet glue and not double sided tape as the tape sometimes reacts poorly with the Mod Podge. Make sure to let this dry naturally so it doesn't curl. Now we'll apply a generous coat of Mod Podge to the canvas, following the texture direction. While wet, place your chipboard and your image/quote into place and use a lighter coat of the Mod Podge in a stippling manner.  This gives a different look and texture as Mod Podge holds the strokes you make as it dries. Hopefully you can see the different textures above.


Now the Mod Podge will dry reasonably quickly, but it's not necessary to wait until it dries to use your super craft glue to attach the glass gems and fabric flowers. I suggest you play around with your placement of these BEFORE you apply any Mod Podge because you need to remember that it holds any marks you make. 

And that is it! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and give it a try!

Shannon xxx






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