Magical Texture

Hello Everyone,

When I create art (for me) its not just color but also texture that is so vital to my artwork.  I love to take the colors I see in nature along with bits and baubles I find and then add some delicious texture that just makes you want to reach out and touch the canvas.  It is not just the pieces and colors I put into my art but its a feeling, an emotion.

I was recently given an advance copy of a brand new e-book, Paper Art Collage by my friend and TCW Signature Designer, Rebekah Meier.  This book is full of great ideas and lots of products (some familiar) you will want to rush out and buy.  The following project was inspired by the pages in her book so I really hope you enjoy!!!

Follow the instructions below this photo:

I first took a scrap piece of cardboard.  This piece was off the back of a pad of watercolor paper.  I primed the entire piece with 2 coats of TCW Gesso.

Not one to waste anything, I took some brown packing paper from a recent delivery and stamped a bunch of random images using the Rebekah Meier’s IO Stamp Collection.


Now take that stamped brown paper and tear it up into some random sized pieces and apply it to the cardboard canvas with TCW Matte Gel Medium  

Make sure you get good coverage with the TCW Matte Gel Medium because this is cardboard and it can get soggy real easily.

Next I took some acrylic inks in my favorite neon colors plus white and using the dropper I added random blobs of color all over the top of the canvas.  I then sprayed them with water while tilting my canvas creating lots of drippy goodness  Don’t be afraid to move the canvas in all directions so you will get a good melding of the colors.

Make sure to let your drips dry completely before the next step.

You next take some of the brand new TCW Tacky When Dry Gel Medium and your favorite stencils.  I used TCW768 Journal Musings by Rebekah

and TCW767 Floral Radar 

Look at that yummy paste…. you must at this point wait for it to dry.  I prefer not heat drying this paste because it can actually melt.

Using the Thermoweb Mixed Media Foil in Patina, I began rubbing.  Now again be carful to check and make sure the transfer is complete.  Don’t be afraid to add another sheet and rub some more to get full coverage.

Time to add some fun … I took some Teal Acrylic Paint and TCW775 Scalloped Mandala to get some contrast in the background.  I also used the same stencil with the TCW White Modeling Paste for even more texture.


Look at all that goodness…

I really thought that I was finished at that point.  But it just seemed like it was missing something.  So using some Teal Green Archival Ink I rubbed along the edges of the canvas being sure to pull some ink into the corners.  Then using IO Stamp L22013 by Rebekah Meier I added some lines of the words from the stamp making sure to leave some areas blank or faded.

I also took and rubbed a Violet Oil Pastel crayon with my fingers to bring out some purple hues in the background and into some of the foil transfer.

Here is my finished piece again inspired by the pages of Rebekah Meiers new e-book, Paper Art Collage.  I really hope you enjoyed this new project because I love sharing my work with you!!!

Take care,

Connie Shaw
TCW Brand Ambassador

*** Some of the products I used in this tutorial were given to me but the ideas and genuine love I share are all mine ***

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