Today I want to show you how I made this Mixed Media Canvas using a couple of Stencils and Mediums.
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Note: I am a Design Team member for The Crafter’s Workshop; however, even though I use and love their products, all opinions are solely my own.
I started by covering my entire canvas with pieces of old book pages. I know that some people just do not love to tear down books, I do not like either but these books I buy are coming from the thrift store and so I feel less guilty when tearing them down since I give them a new purpose!
To glue down the pieces of paper I used the Matte Gel Medium…and let me tell you, it is AMAZING. The way it seals down the paper to the canvas is spectacular! I covered the entire canvas super fast!
I let it dry then I used the white gesso to cover it up. I didn’t use a lot of gesso, I just wanted to make sure that some part of the background was visible and some other not. I set aside to dry completely again.
I took some watercolors and I decided to use a cold palette for this Christmas Canvas – this because I am not so keen on traditional Christmas Colors…plus I wanted to use the snowflake stencil so I opted for a “cold feeling”! When I was satisfied with the background I dry it with the heat gun, then I grabbed the Snowflakes Stencil and with a sponge I applied the white gesso through it. I carefully removed the stencil and I absolutely love the effect over the watercolored background!
I let it dry, then with the Christmas Tree stencil and the light modeling paste I applied some texture. I love the script “Merry Christmas” on this stencil. I love the tiny stars you find there! I applied a generous amount of modeling paste then I let it dry.
To complete the canvas, I took the gold gesso, watered down a little bit and with the brush (the same one I used with the background that was still “dirty”) I applied the color over the script. I used the dirty brush because this way it was easier to make the gold gesso blend with the background!
And that’s it for todays!
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team