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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mixed Media Canvas

I have been itching to do something with some arts and craft supplies that have been in my office drawers for the best part of ten years. Little blank canvases, wire, Sculpey and an array of pearl ex powders and mediums and so much more!


So, I did and this is what I ended up with!

I think I may end up adding some word strips to the canvas, but for now I am still looking for the appropriate wordage for this piece!



A texture close-up:



This is the cage from the bottom. It’s was made out of purple and brown wire, but I then painted over it in varying colors.  Then I sprinkled in all with some fine embossing powder and melted it, for some texture.



The birds were made out of Sculpey oven-bake clay, which I then painted with acrylic paints and also melted some clear embossing powder on for some texture.



The branch is fixed to the canvas with some clear fishing line and the background raised texture is mostly regular white Gesso, using the method described here.




I also used a variety of stamps on the background.

As you can see, the colors of this canvas seem to be quite different every time I photographed a different angle or in different light. This is because of the Shimmer Mists, gold ink pads and Pearl Ex powder used on the background and I love that you never get quite the same whenever you walk by it!

But the “real color” of the canvas is probably right somewhere between the green and blue dominant photos and the more yellowish ones!

The whole canvas is only "6”x6”, so it’s quite small and “soooo cuuute,” to quote my daughter!


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  1. I absolutely love what you have created. The colors, textures and your deign is just fabulous. I am delighted to have stumbled upon your blog. I will be back.

    Hugs and smiles



  2. I am having so much fun here! YOU are so creative and I am enjoying my visit!

  3. This is absolutely adorable! Can you describe how you got the texture with the stamps and what you stamped them with? Paint, glue...? Love this! I want to make one!

  4. Love this! Please tell me how you made the texture and with what, by stamping? I want to make one!!

  5. Hi Amanda,
    The texture is mostly achieved by using the gesso technique I describe here:


    I then also use perlized mists, paint, stamps, stamp pads (chalk stamp oads rubbed over the raised texture) and some of the print transfer technique I describe here:

    As far as I remember I think I also incorporated some hearts I cut from book pages.

    Hope that helps you on your way to recreating some of the texture! Have a lovely evening!


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