Mixed Media Canvas

Good morning all! Helen here and my turn to hopefully give you some inspiration to play with some mediums today! And a stencil of course! My project is a 6” x 6” mixed media canvas! These are so easy and fun to do! I do hope you will try one.

Finished mixed media 6"x 6" canvas using TCW mediums and stencil.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.

Steps to Create this canvas….

  1. I made a 6” x 6” mixed media canvas using a TCW9053 Mixed Media Board. The board measures 6” x 6” and the stencil fits perfectly over this as it is 6” x 6” as well. Placing the stencil down onto the board, I used a spatula and spread some TCW9008 Clear Modeling paste through the TCW865 Asian Floral stencil. I let all the layers air dry throughout this project.
Using TCW865 Asian Floral stencil with TCW9008 clear modeling paste over the canvas.

2.Once the paste was dry, I used a paintbrush and TCW9002 Black Gesso  to cover the whole canvas. No need to worry if you miss a spot… you will be doing this again in a couple steps.

Applying black gesso over entire canvas

3. This is the fun part … gather some bits and pieces of goodies you want to add onto your canvas to give it some final dimension. It doesn’t matter the colors of these as you will be using black gesso to go over these next. I usually put a focal point of a word on one corner, and a smaller cluster in the opposite corner, especially on a smaller canvas. I used TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium Clear and a paintbrush and my fingers to adhere my bits to the canvas.

Adding embellishments to canvas using Matte Gel Medium.

4. Once these have dried overnight, I then go over the whole thing with TCW9002 Black Gesso again.

Black gesso over all embellishments on canvas.

5. Now the magic happens… all those raised areas are going to pop after you use some TCW9001 White Gesso and a brush to dry brush some white over the raised black areas. Make sure your brush is dry and you use a small amount of gesso to dry brush. You can always add more and if you add to much, just take the black gesso and redo it! Once the white is down I used my finger to rub over the raised areas using TCW9041 Platinum Modeling Paste and then TCW9038 Antique Gold Modeling paste until I was happy with the result.

raised areas on canvas using white gesso
Using Platinum modeling paste over raised canvas areas
Using Antique Gold modeling paste over raised areas of canvas

6. And Voila! Completed! The Crafter’s Workshop has a variety of modeling paste colors, so the sky is the limit in the final look depending on what you use!

Close up of finished canvas

Thanks for taking the time to check out my canvas! Happy creating!



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The Crafter’s Workshop Products Used:

TCW865 Asian Floral stencil  

TCW9008 Clear Modeling paste 

TCW9002 Black Gesso 

TCW9011 Matte Gel Medium Clear

TCW9001 White Gesso

TCW9041 Platinum Modeling Paste

TCW9038 Antique Gold Modeling paste

TCW9053 Mixed Media Board 6×6 

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