Hi, it’s Patty and I’m here today with a canvas mixed media piece designed for a special new person and his parents. Since I’m such a tactile artist, I love to add texture wherever I can to a piece of artwork. Today, I’ve combined modeling paste, joint tape, and the wonderful Wanderlust stencil to create a piece of artwork that will hang in the bedroom of a newborn baby boy. Enjoy!

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Canvas 12″ x 12″
Stencil – TCW744 Wanderlust 12″ x 12″
TCW Heavy Body Acrylic Paints – Black Licorice, Blueberry
TCW9005 Modeling Paste, TCW9008 Clear Modeling Paste,
TCW9001 White Gesso
Acrylic paint – Phthalocyanine Blue, Quaker Grey, Hippo Grey
Spray Inks – London Blue, After Midnight
Gelato – Boysenberry, joint tape, UniBall Signo white pen, Stabilo All pencil,
Tim Holtz Ideology, paint brushes, palette knife, Glossy Accents

To begin, I adhered a map page to a 12″ x 12″ canvas with matte medium. Next, I mixed Blueberry paint with a small amount of Black Licorice paint until the desired navy shade was achieved, which I then mixed with Clear Modeling Paste to tint. I applied that to the canvas using the Wanderlust stencil and a palette knife. I let the canvas dry completely. (NOTE: It is important to clean your stencil immediately after using modeling paste.)

Next, I applied a wash of white gesso and water to the entire canvas to tone down the color. Using Viva paper towels, I blotted/wiped to achieve the desired look. 

Since the map didn’t cover the canvas, I painted gray paint around the edges and onto the back. (I like to paint the back edges where the canvas is stapled to the wood so it looks finished. It may not be seen, but it is an extra detail I always do.)

Next, I applied short lengths of joint tape along the edges and then added regular modeling paste on top to achieve texture. Allow time to dry thoroughly.Patty Eskridge Adventure Mixed Media Canvas applying joint tape

Once dry, I applied a variety of blues to the canvas using spray inks and acrylic paints.

Using a Boysenberry Gelato, I traced over the stenciled areas and then smudged. Finally, I added a small bi-plane graphic, which I had topped with Glossy Accents, and some other findings, mostly from Tim Holtz Ideology. To complete, I painted the outside edge of the canvas with the navy blue.

Patty Eskridge Adventure Mixed Media Canvas finished project

Let me know if you use texture in your artwork. I’m always looking for something new to try. I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post and will give it a try. I always say, “Art in the Studio makes every day a good day!” Thank you for visiting The Crafter’s Workshop Blog and please visit my blog, ArtEveryDayStudio.
Happy Arting, friends!


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