After having so much fun making ‘Hocus Pocus,’ I decided I really wanted to try my hand at creating a mixed media canvas. However, I didn’t have many supplies, so I went on a bit of a shopping spree. I ordered some canvas panels, paints, chipboards and stencils. And for my very first attempt, this is what I created…
It turned out better than I’d hoped! I mean, it’s not great artwork, but I think it’s really pretty and I can only learn by practicing!
Please forgive me, being so new to doing any kind of artwork and posting it online, I didn’t write down everything I used… I will endeavor to do better in the future!
I started by adding texture paste through stencils onto the canvas, then I used white gesso on the textured bits (though next time I think I’ll do the whole canvas). After that dried, I started layering colors using some Prima Color Bloom sprays and some sprays by Lindy’s Stamp Gang.
After getting the first few coats of paint down, I started layering chipboard pieces (painted with gesso) purchased from Creative Embellishments. I added a few metal gears and clock parts in as well. The gears and industrial parts got sprayed with copper and gold paints, then some were painted with Art Alchemy Steampunk Copper paint.
I also added a cute little resin fountain from Prima Marketing to add to the garden feel.
I had a bunch of paper flowers leftover from my scrapbooking days that I had almost chucked out because they were a hideous shade of pink. Luckily I didn’t, so I tacked on a bunch here and there, painted them with gesso and sprayed them with metallic paints to go with the industrial feel of the opposite corner.
The fairy wasn’t part of my original idea. I had more flowers there to begin with, but I didn’t like them. They looked too fussy. I was playing around with different chipboard pieces and thought the fairy fit into my industrial garden nicely.
When the flowers dried, I added some bling!
The final embellishment added were the numbers above. I felt that corner needed a little something extra, so I added “40” to represent me … I had turned 40 a month before I made this. Time really does fly!
Had tons of fun making this, and I have so many more ideas in the future! If only I had more time! ^^;;