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Faith Mixed Media Canvas with Amy Prior

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hi everyone! Amy Prior back today to share a fabulous and colorful faith based canvas that I have recently created. Unfortunately I do not have a video tutorial today as my camera lenses all decided to die simultaneously and unfortunately I have to wait a few weeks to get them back from Canon. So for now I have some good ole fashioned words to describe how I have created this fabulous texture filled canvas. Don’t be afraid, it is actually extremely simple.
 
 
This gorgeous canvas is actually the smallest canvas I have ever created coming in at only 5 inches by 7 inches in size. It's a natural mounted Canvas Corp product and is such an amazing quality I was very impressed!
 
I knew I wanted to include a bible verse on this canvas and a little cross so the first thing I have done is spelled out the verse in my desired Prima Marketing ABC Stickers as well as building my cross on my craft sheet using Flourish with a Bling Gold Individual Pearls. I have stuck these all together using hot glue which holds them together nice and securely but because I have done this on the craft mat, the entire cross peels away effortlessly as soon as it is dried. If you don’t own a Ranger or Bazzil Craft Sheet I definitely suggest getting yourself one! You can also save lots by just purchasing a Non Stick Barbecue Plate Liner. They are the exact same thing and so much cheaper.
 
 
For the background, I have first ripped up lots of old book paper and collaged the entire canvas including the edges by adhering with Gel Medium. I have also coated the entire book paper surface then with a coat of Gel Medium to seal that ready for me to add lots of wet mediums. I found a fabulous Metal Butterfly charm in my stash and I just knew that I wanted to incorporate this somehow so I have dribbled bits of Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays over the top, again heating quickly between each separate colour to create pooling effects of colour and to avoid muddying the colours. The butterfly was then left for a while because it was hot hot hot!
 
 
The next stage simply involved spraying some splotches of colour onto the canvas using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays. To get the cool puddled splodge effect, I have simply sprayed some colour then quickly heat dried with my heat gun before adding more colour. This allows you to control the spreading of the colour more and this also allows me to add cool colours as well as warm colours without making them muddy. When I say muddy I mean brown.
 
If we understand basic colour theory, then we know that cool and warm colours mixed together will eventually make brown if the colours include all 3 of the primary colours red, blue & yellow. So green & purple mixed will go brown, orange & green would go brown, etc. Another way to help prevent muddying the colours is to use a fixative spray in between colours but if you are quick, with the heat gun nearby then it is easily done.
 
 
Once I had a good layer of colour down, I have added some Viva D├ęcor Gold Crackle Paint using my finger along the edges of the canvas and some random slips here there to add a little bit of grunge and mess to the background. In my opinion, there is no such thing as neat in Mixed Media and as soon as you get the idea perfection out of your mind, is when you learn to have fun and go wild which is what art is all about! I have then sprayed some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stains & Moon Shadow Mists over a Blue Fern Studios Brick Chipboard as well as over the top of a Flourish with a Bling Jasmine Laser Flourish.
I then had some Gold Pearls leftover so I decided to scatter them around the canvas as well.
 
 
Now that all my elements were finished, it was just a matter of assembling. To do this, I have
adhered the brick wall, Flourish with a Bling Flourish, Cross & Butterfly all using my hot glue gun. The letter stickers were adhered with a little blob of Glossy Accents each letter to ensure they stayed put and I have then sprayed the entire canvas with triple coat Gloss Spray to seal everything into place.
 
Well that is it from me today, I hope I have inspired you to get messy and creative with mixed media. It is truly so much fun and liberating when you learn to let go of your perfections.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, happy scrapping! Blessings xx

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