Friday, May 30, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas with Stencils

Hi Friends. Janet here from Happy Reminders.
I am going to take you step by step on how I made this canvas.

 First off I gathered a pile of papers and cutouts,
tissue and lace, doilies and photos....
And collaged them onto a simple canvas with a gel medium.
At this point I decided to use it sideways....

Everything was gessoed, lightly in some parts and heavy in others.
I wanted the textures to come through....
I know what's underneath....
if the faces and the details don't show through perfectly, 
then that's okay with me.
I used two stencils in these steps...
Above is a new June Pfaff Daley stencil, Celtic Celebration.
I applied the different motifs in a black Ranger Archival Ink.
At this point I wanted to start some color.
 I love using words, letters or numbers in a layer. 

Notice the washi tape added here and there...
Black Ranger Ink was sponged around the edges...
lightly, to frame it, to give it a depth...

Next step, Golden brand Gesso, my favorite, mixed with paint.
Drippage was attempted with Stampin 'Up Refill Inks

Then I rubbed some off. 
I still wanted to see some of the layers underneath.

Then I added stamps....
Some of my own hand carved eraser stamps
as well as my favorite Stampin 'Up Dictionary Stamp.

It was time for my Kahlil Gibran quote....
I would like to introduce you to one of my Go-To alphabet stamps!
See what you can find in your kid's toys?

Then more details with the Celtic Celebration Stencil

I almost forgot to put Kahlil Gibran underneath the words!
Notice the swirls from the stencil were added to both the top and bottom edges?

I love the texture of the doily with the stencil swirls.
You will notice at this point the work is all in blues and greens....

When I added the heart stamp I decided to accent with just a bit of 
orange, yellow and red.
I knew this would be hanging in my spare bedroom 
on a light yellow wall.

I was trying for a glowing heart!

I do like how it turned out. 
I love the layers and the textures.

Happy Arting!


  1. Just gorgeous Janet!! Love all the layers and love the colors. Bright yet soft! I want to come play!!!

  2. This turned out so beautifully Janet! Love the layers and texture!

  3. Everyone should have this plaque hanging on the wall! Great work!

  4. Just beautiful and I love the saying. Wonderful.

  5. Love, love, love this beautiful canvas! So inspiring!
    Alison x

  6. Wonderful and usable info that I can follow. Starting a visual journal with my twin girls that are 11 yrs old. Want to have them see this step by step. Thank you. Loved that you showed a photo of each step.


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