Mixed Media Canvas

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“Mixed media” has so many definitions depending on who you’re asking.  And although I more than likely wouldn’t say that this canvas I created is truly “mixed media” by most people’s standards it fits right in.  A little back story on this canvas for you – this was an assignment that I had for a design team project and I thought that I would make something that would actually hang on this blank wall in my living room that just need something there. When I first started creating this, I wasn’t exactly sure HOW it would turn out LOL To me, this was going to be a little bit of a creative adventure and I would see where the journey led me… And in this case, I liked it so much that it now hangs on the wall proudly!  In the future I think that I’m going to add more to it but sometimes it’s good to just let things “be” for awhile.

I think that what I love the most about this canvas is all the details that you see the closer you get to the actual piece – from a distance it looks like a patterned piece of artwork, but when standing right in front of it you see all the details in the cutting, the texture of the paint and the fun embellishments including the quote.


Here’s how I created this canvas:


  1. Die cut printed cardstock with the Labels Thirty Five #5 die.
  2. Adhere die cuts to canvas.
  3. Apply Vanilla Shake paint onto the canvas in a crosshatch pattern, painting slightly over the edges of the die cut paper. Since this is the base coat, cover the entire canvas completely.
  4. Add Coffee Bean and Steel Gray colors in the same manner, leaving some of the Vanilla Shake color to show through.
  5. Outline the edges of the die cut pieces with the silver Pico Embellisher to give the look of soldering on stained glass.
  6. Highlight the canvas with Turquoise Waters. Wipe excess paint from the silver edges of the die cut pieces with a damp paper towel.
  7. Using a Sponge Dauber, apply Black Pearl around the die cut pieces followed with Peacock Pearl and Rich Espresso.
  8. To lighten the canvas, lightly reapply Vanilla Shake where needed.
  9. Add shimmer and highlights to the canvas with Lustre Iced Espresso.
  10. Die cut black cardstock with the Imperial Gold Majestic Circles die. Paint with metallic paints to give an antiqued effect. Adhere between the corners of the die cut Labels Thirty Five pieces.
  11. Die cut cream printed cardstock from Labels Thirty Five #5 die. Stamp sentiment with VersaMark ink and heat emboss with black embossing powder. Layer on top of a #6 die cut piece from black cardstock, highlighted with Rich Espresso paint. Use dimensional tape to adhere to the canvas.
  12. Die cut different accent shapes from the Architectural Elements set from black cardstock. Color pieces with Rich Espresso and Pearl Peacock paints.
  13. Use the Gilded Life Shield Bezel large die to cut 6 pieces of printed cardstock. Fold pieces in half and adhere back to back. Mount to the inside of the Gilded Life Royal Medallion bezel and fan pieces open. Attach completed bezel to the canvas with ribbons, secured with double sided adhesive.
  14. Embellish canvas with dimensional pearls and gems as desired.



DecoArt American Multi Surface Satin Finish acrylic paints: Vanilla Shake, Coffee Bean, Tur-quoise Waters, Steel Gray; Dazzling Metallic Elegant Finish acrylic paints: Peacock Pearl, Rich Espresso, Black Pearl; Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso

Fancy Pants Designs “Country Boutique” paper collection

IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko irRESISTible Pico Embellisher Silver, VersaMark, Black Embossing Powder, InkBlushers, Sponge Daubers, Jumbo Daubers

May Arts ribbons

Quietfire Designs “Life is… Breath” rubber stamp

Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Thirty Five, Imperial Gold Majestic Circles, Shapeabilities Architectural Elements, Gilded Life Shield Bezel large, Gilded Life Royal Medallion, Grand Calibur machine

Want 2 Scrap dimensional dots, rhinestone embellishments

Miscellaneous 20˝ x 30˝ canvas, paint brushes, adhesive, heat tool


4 Responses

  1. TOTALLY AWESOME! It’s perfect…I actually thought it was digital when I first looked at it – it’s simply flawless, I would love to see it up close to see all of the paint strokes and textures.

    Love it!

  2. barbara macaskill

    Beautiful! Love all the different patterns and the sentiment is amongst my favorites! Love the Gilded Life bezel! I can see why you are proudly displaying it! TFS!

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