Monday, March 25, 2013

Mixed-Media Canvas

You have probably seen,
as I have, that lately there is a a trend in mixed-media using a lot of metals, flowers, gesso and sprays originating with the work of Finnabair (Anna Dabrowska). I first became aware of Anna's unique style last year at Creative Jump Start Summit 2012, and have been keeping an eye on her growth in the scrapbooking/mixed-media industry ever since. 
When my daughter
asked me if I would do a canvas for my granddaughter's room, I thought this would be the perfect time to try out this technique.

I first began with
a 12x12 canvas, and quickly realized I was being a bit too ambitious. I ended up with an 8x8, and thankfully they were on sale at 40% off at Michaels.

I put down bits of
torn dress pattern, patterned paper, lace from Hobby Lobby, and a torn paper doily using Mod Podge to adhere, covering the sides as well.

I then did a layer
of molding paste with a Crafters Workshop Confetti stencil.

I printed Katie's picture
(same one I did in b/w for my Christmas mini album yesterday) in a larger size, adhered it to some thin chipboard and fussy cut it. For stability, I made some "pop dots" from medium weight chipboard (two pieces glued together) to attach the photo to the canvas. I chose out some of the embellishments I thought I would use and gave them a coat of gesso. Now I started gluing them all down... lots of layering. After I got things pretty much like I wanted them, I went over everything again with another coat of gesso.

The wood bird and
cage came from Michaels, the flowers are Prima and I Am Roses, the gems are Prima Say It In Crystals, the metal pieces are Momenta and some from my stash.

I covered the Photo 
with a piece of bubble wrap and started spraying... first with Cotton Candy Pink Starburst, then Tattered Rose Glimmer Mist and finally Patina GM. Heat setting between colors. The shimmer on here is amazing.

Here you can see
some of the texture from the doily, pattern and molding paste.

I'm not sure I'll
attempt this again, but you never know. In the end, it all just takes practice.
Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Loz said...

Beautiful canvas and colors. I spotted this on MIM..Loz

Ros Crawford said...

It's really lovely ... I bet she was thrilled!!

Gail said...

What a lovely project! Just beautifully created - I saw your post at Make It Monday Enjoy your week! Gail

Linda R said...

What a gorgeous canvas. I just love all those layered flowers. Looks amazing my friend..

Lisa said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Linda!! What a fabulous canvas!! The design and embellishments are stunning!! Happy Monday :)

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Ira Huberts said...

Your granddaughter must think the world of her crafty grandma! You have made her a darling canvas with fab flowers and stunning details Linda, so pretty! Hugs, Ira xox

Merry said...

So many wonderful layers

Meihsia Liu said...

What a beautiful creation! Love pretty flowers and great photo. Thank you so much for joining us at Make It Monday ^_^

Julia said...

I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

My entries are: #4, #207, #213, and #236.

I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia and My Art... Healing The Soul.



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