Sunday, July 5, 2015

Wish Big- Mixed Media Canvas for ColourArte

Hello Dear Friends

Today I have a mixed media canvas as a submission project for the ColourArte Design Team call.

I made a 8x10 canvas with a lot of handmade embellishments and recycled stuff...........

Here is a step-by-step pictorial for making your own canvas.......... I started with a pre- primed canvas in 8"x10" and used Mini Specimen stencil by crafters workshop and the texture pattern by Faber-Castell.............

Have used Texture paste in black and white to create the texture using a spatula..........

Used heavy Gel medium to attach a lot of found objects and handmade flowers in cold porcelain clay, metal, sea shells, beads etc to create a cluster on the left hand top corner............added drywall tape for some more texture..............

The right hand bottom corner has a computer part as the base, an ice-cream stick to create a shelf and a glass sample perfume bottle ...........I love the texture and design on the Versace bottle and was saving it for a special project .........I wrapped twine on the MDF sentiment Wish big and created texture using my finger and texture paste on the sentiment.........a close up of the bottom cluster with shells, bling, chunky glitter and glass beads.............

All these flowers are handmade, Each and every bit adds to the texture in the end and the metallic colors show off every teeny tiny piece of dimension I mixed clay and metal,glass and wooden beads, faceted bling and micro beads, found objects, keys,nuts and bolts..........
Another benefit is that you can use embellishments of any color as these get coated by black gesso so you can use your left over bits and pieces or any embellishments in colors you seldom use. I left this to dry naturally overnight .

The whole canvas gets coated in a generous layer of Black gesso, make sure to cover thoroughly.........Leave to dry completely.

After the layer of Black Gesso is dry comes the coloring part. I had ColorArte Silks Acrylic Glazes in four colors ie Apple Blossom, Lemon Drop, Sea Spray and Kiwi. I used the Silks and a combination of pearl and metallic acrylic colors to add life to my canvas !! Here it is after the first layer of color in Pearl metallic white.................

another layer ....see the textures coming to life ...........

After this came layers and layers of dry brushing the silks and other colors........

Just remember that your brush should be completely dry and take the minimum amount of color on the tip of a flat brush. This is quite a forgiving technique to get a wonderful effect and create a lovely piece of Art and you can give it a go even if you are not too confident of handling paints. In case your colors go wrong or your layers get too thick, you can give a coat of black again and I would urge you to try it once :)

Here are some tips for the Dry Brushing Technique : 
1. Dry brushing technique involves using a paint brush that has a minimum amount of paint on it and using it to highlight textures and edges.2. It is best to use a flat brush for this technique.3. Keep your brush at a 90 degree angle and lightly brush edges or raised areas. Start with a light touch and gradually build color/layers.4. The secret to this technique is not to apply too much paint on your brush, it is a good idea to keep a spare paper on which you wipe your brush after taking paint on it before starting on your textured surface.

so after all is my final can see I added some tiny acrylic butterflies here and there, removed the twine from my sentiment and added a little bird to my canvas.........

You can see the dimension here..................

I like the Versace bottle and the texture on the sentiment which is by using 3D metallic paints.All the sides of the canvas are textured, painted, highlighted and wrapped with 4 rounds of twine colored with the same metallic copper paint..............

Hope my lovely blogger friends and the awesome team at ColourArte likes this canvas of mine !!

linking to yummy beads and the shells in the challenge graphic.

Please do leave your comments. I would love to read what you say and I would love to visit your blog too !!


  1. OOh what a beauty and love how you walked us through the steps...makes it look all the more beautiful
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  2. what a fabulous piece!! Good luck :-)

  3. wow lovely mixed media the transformation!

  4. WOW this is stunning!
    Linda xxx

  5. great photo and a fun textural project thanks for your interest in being a part of the ColourArte DT

  6. Wow Suman, this is just stunning! Love the dark tones and the metallic highlights! I wish you the best of luck for the DT call! hugs :)

  7. Love it, great texturing! Good luck!!

  8. Gorgeous canvas, Suman! Love the way you have created dimension with different texture material!! Beautiful choice of colors. Good luck with DT call

  9. This is stunning! Amazing textures! Good luck Suman!

  10. This is absolutely stunning work Suman ..Love the textures and dimension you have added here ...Best of luck for the DT call :)

  11. ITS STUNNING..The number of embellishments you have used ..and too clustered beautifully...Love the dry brush technique.Thanks for sharing the steps:)

  12. INCREDIBLY LOVELY Suman. Best of luck on your DT success! j.

  13. This is so so bloody fantastic (pardon the swear word)...seeing the step by step, I so wish you could capture it on camera...when you painted it black, I wondered how is this ever going to work...and then that dry brushing!! Ah!! I can't do mixed media , but watching someone do it...I simply love watching the canvas come alive!!

  14. Excellent mixed-media collage, love the letters and the layers. NIce to seethe step by step too. I'm your newest follower too. Michelle x

  15. Wow, very cool!! I am so glad you included the steps before the black gesso, because I would have never imagined the difference between the start and finish!! Very impressive! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

  16. So cool!!! Love the metallic look and the sentiment and the bird really pop off the background!! Love the step out photos too!! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

  17. Love all the texture and dimension on this project! Thanks for playing at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  18. This is beyond amazing, so many techniques and wonderful artistry. The final picture is fabulous, really fine work.


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