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Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
How to create a 3D mixed media project

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m answering a question I get asked a lot: How to create a 3D mixed media project. People often ask me how do you get so much dimension on your mixed media projects especially regarding the elements. The basic question is how to give them enough height and create the layers that make the project look 3D. Well… here’s a tutorial to answer this question.     How to create a 3D mixed media project The basic idea is to arrange you elements in layers and give every layer extra height with chipboard pieces. I used to use foam tape which I realized does not hold the weight of these elements especially the metal ones. Plus it’s kind of expensive if you need to use a lot of it. Instead I’m using thick chipboard pieces which I cut from leftover chipboard pieces. I glue the chipboard pieces together and then attach the element to the …

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
Believe Mixed Media Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a new project with you: Believe Mixed Media Canvas. The inspiration for this canvas came from the More Than Words Challenge, which this month was Delicate and Fabric. At first I thought this challenge is not exactly for me, but then I decided to try anyway. Sometimes our first reaction is no because it’s something that is out of our comfort zone but if we challenge ourselves we might even surprise ourselves…       Believe Mixed Media Canvas So I thought about fabric. I’m not so much into lace and I don’t sew. So how can I add fabric to a mixed media project? I decided to add the fabric to the background with a very exciting technique I really like. I used a fabric white fabric and wrapped the canvas with it. However instead of wrapping upholstery style where everything is nice and tight, I created wrinkles and texture with the …

Friday, September 29th, 2017
Fearless Mixed Media Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing my Fearless Mixed Media Canvas I created for Words & Paintery challenge. The theme was to use red colors and give an interpretation to the quote: Courage is not the absence of fear, which I think is a very true quote, at least for me. I always try not to let fear guide me both in my life and in my art.     Fearless Mixed Media Canvas I started this canvas with an idea. I was working on a different project, using some chipboard cogwheels and when they were all finished only the outer sheet remained. I looked at it and knew immediately I had to use it in a project. I just loved the square sheet with the different size holes. So I started with adding texture to a canvas with modeling paste and then glued the chipboard sheet on the canvas. The textured paste created enough height that the chipboard …

Friday, August 18th, 2017
It’s My Life Mixed Media Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a new project I created for the More Than Words challenge: It’s My Life Mixed Media Canvas. The subject of the challenge was Harmony and Song Lyrics, which I found not only inspiring but really fun to create.   It’s My Life Mixed Media Canvas First I thought about the word Harmony. What does it say to me, how does it make me feel. Well… for me harmony is when all the pieces fit together. It can be in a small scale when I create something and everything goes great and all the different elements just find their place. Or it can be in a larger scale when all the pieces of my life just fit and coexist comfortably together. I wanted to say all that in my project so I added layers of frames and combined them on one surface, like pieces in a harmonious creation. Once the chipboard background was done …

Friday, July 28th, 2017
Steampunk Canvas Set with Rust Pastes

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share my Steampunk Canvas Set with Rust Pastes. I entered this piece to the Lindy’s Stamp gang challenge because the colors really fit. Btw, if you haven’t participated in a challenge before try it it’s really fun and you might win something too…     Steampunk Canvas Set with Rust Pastes For this set I used three 4×4 canvases and lots of metal embellishments. I used the larger embellishments to connect the canvas together into one unit. If you want to do something like this make sure you use heavy gel medium to glue everything to the canvas and wait until it’s dry… it can be awhile.          Then I painted everything with black gesso. When it was dry I sprayed everything with sprays to add the initial color. After it was dry I added rust pastes which gave all the metal a rusty look complete with the grainy …

Friday, July 21st, 2017
Steampunk Girl Reverse Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you a different creation that I call: Steampunk Girl Reverse Canvas. The reason it’s different is that it’s weird, unusual and some would say spooky or even ugly.It is definitely not everybody’s cup of tea but I sometimes like creating these strange pieces of art. I would love to know waht you think…      Steampunk Girl Reverse Canvas This piece started with a canvas I reversed and covered with tissue paper and then sprayed with very light colors. That was the frame for the girl, angel or ghost, you decide. BTW this is the fun part of art when every one sees something different! I created the steampunk girl from an old doll I had. I took out her legs, cut off all her hair and painted her with white gesso. Then I made her a wire skirt with a metal top. and added steampunk pieces to her head, …

Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Explore, Adventure, Discover Canvas Tutorial

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you my new creation Explore, Adventure, Discover Canvas Tutorial. This mixed media canvas was inspired by the Explore, Arrows challenge on More Than Words blog. But instead of just creating a canvas I’m also treating you to a tutorial on how I made it.   Explore, Adventure, Discover Canvas Tutorial The words Explore and the arrows motif gave me the idea of creating a landscape with an arrow sign pointing in different directions. But instead of pointing to a destination the arrows point to words. The first step is to find textures to add to your canvas. I used lace, gauze and a drier sheet. I glued them to the canvas and also added different size stones. The texture is supposed to be the ground and the rest of the canvas will be the sky.     The next step was to start adding color.  I used sprays as the …

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