Monday, 22 June 2015

Mixed Media Monthly Challange

I have taken another commission from a friend for her daughters 13th birthday but I also wanted to enter this piece into the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog.

It wasn't difficult to cater my canvas to one of the options since there are so many this challenge but I have chosen 'Stamps' as my theme.
Here is the finished canvas and below a description of how I made it.
To begin with a painted random sections of the canvas in heavy white acrylic paint. The brief from my friend was to use blues and greens and nothing too girly so I then used liquid acrylics, some of which are metallic to blend with the white paint all over the canvas. Once I had let that dry I used an old credit card to apply gesso over the areas of white acrylic paint to give some dimension.
I don't have a stamp or stencil with random letters already in place so I used some of the individual letters from my stash and placed them in a random way on my stamp block. I used black archival ink to stamp the letters onto the background. Then I swapped the letters for numbers (in ascending order this time) and repeated the process. I used a bird stamp set by PaperCraft to stamp the round black stamp onto one of the gesso'd areas at the bottom, again using archival ink and a Faber Castell Big Brush Marker in Cobalt Turquoise to stamp a keyhole design onto various areas of the background.
Because I wanted a really clear image from my butterfly stamps I didn't stamp them directly onto the canvas as you cant guarantee you will always get the full design coming out. Instead I stamped them onto white tissue paper and then cut around them before gluing them on with matt gel medium. I also used black and white acrylic paint to stamp the circles on with the end of a toilet roll tube! I have recently bought three stencils which I was keen to use so I used a harlequin stencil and moulding paste to apply more texture around the corners and sides of the canvas. When it was dry I painted it with metallic green paint.
I used white card stock and black archival ink to stamp the quote (which was provided by my friend) with tiny Dove Craft letters before cutting them out and sticking down with gel medium. I then went around the outside with a black gel pen and then repeated to get a slightly thicker line so the quote would stand out more.
For the finishing touches I used some pearlescent paint to highlight some of the harlequin design; used a white posca paint marker to do some doodling around the edges and also highlight some of the edges of the harlequin diamonds; I used a small script stamp, Versamark ink and hologram embossing powder to stamp areas of my canvas so they glittered a bit more and finally used Dove Craft 3D Pearl Effects in black to add different sized dots to add a bit more dimension and draw attention of some areas of the canvas.


  1. Isn't stamping onto tissue paper just perfect!! That is one of my favorite techniques!! And I love the circles - they just pop out perfectly! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

  2. I've never stamped onto tissue paper, and I appreciate that you shared how you did it, why you did it, and then added the gel to it. I've not delved into paint utilization on any of my pieces...yet! :) My focus (and confidence level) still rests in cards, but this intriguing canvas definitely makes me wonder if it could be time to expand my artistry. This is a very nice piece of art.

    1. Hi Libby, thankyou so much for commenting on my blog! I find tissue paper a wonderful thing to work with. I have it in loads of colours and patterns. I like it so much because (especially the white) tends to go very transparent when used with Mod Pod so it gives another dimension to the background or in this case gives a really clear stamp imagine that appears as if stamped directly onto the canvas.

      I am in awe of the people who make cards! You have to be so neat and precise. Ive tried making cards but im never happy with the results and always think they look messy. I think to some extent working with canvas is easier because you can just paste things on or wipe off as required. I would very much recommend you try working on canvas. I first started by watching YouTube videos by Christy Tomlinson and Vicky Papaioannou. I used their videos as kind of a step by step guide and then once I got more confident I started stamping and painting more liberally according to what I felt. Good luck! Let me know if I can help in anyway :)

  3. Great canvas!! I really love those colors. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  4. I love this verse. Great card. Thanks for joining the mixed media monthly challenge blog!

  5. beautiful piece! your friends daughter will really love and appreciate it. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and celebrating our first birthday!!

  6. Great canvas - love all the details! Thanks for celebrating with us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!