Sunday, July 5, 2015

Mixed Media Canvas

I am really excited to let everyone know that I have been chosen to be part of the Design Team over at the The Mirror Crack'd challenge blog.  This is a mixed media challenge blog with monthly challenges and I am looking forward to being part of their team which comprises some very talented artists.

Over at The Mirror Crack'd blog the challenge for July is "Canvas"  I have made a piece that incorporates canvas both as part of the background and as a base for a doily flower I created.  The small canvas also serves the purpose of lifting the doily flower up off the background giving it more dimension.

To begin I recycled a small canvas that I had lying around.

I then found a baby wipe that had been used to wipe up some excess ink from another challenge.  I glued the baby wipe to the front of the canvas.

I then took five crochet doilies and using paverpol glued them together and formed them over a jar to create a flowerlike shape.

I covered a circle of chipboard with a piece of the baby wipe, punched two holes in it and threaded some blue yarn through the holes.

I then coloured the "flower" using sprays and paints in various shades of brown. When the first coat dried I highlighted the doilies with gold paint and Viva Gold Ice Blue.

I painted the sides of the canvas with Lumiere Halo Blue paint and then I glued the flower to the canvas.

I then found an old wooden placemat that I sanded and painted with white gesso.  I tore strips from an old canvas I found to add some texture to the background and I also tore strips from a corrugated cardboard box and glued them to the painted side of the placemat.  I love using these placemats as substrates and canvases because they are so cheap and they are really strong and so easy to find at second hand stores and garage sales.  I also added some more chipboard circles with coiled string glued to the front and some mesh tape and painted the whole thing with white gesso.

To add the colour to the placemat I started by painting everything with Lumiere Halo Blue gold paint.  I then used various sprays in shades of brown and yellow and when everything was dry I drybrushed some rusty paint over certain areas.

Once I was happy with the colour of the background I glued the canvas with the flower on the front to the placemat.  I finished the piece off with zippers, zipper pulls, flower diecuts and some hexagonal diecuts left over from another project.

For the flowers I glued some book paper to a piece of card, coloured the whole thing with Adirondak sprays in blue and green and when it was dry I die cut the flowers using a Couture Creations die.  After I had cut the flowers I ran them through a cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder.  I sanded the pieces lightly to expose the dots and then attached them to the canvas using domes for the flower centres.  I used the hexagonal offcuts from another die to add around the flower to give it a more finished look.  

Now that the piece is finished I just need to add a hanger and it is finished.
I hope you enjoyed this project and it would be great if you popped over to
The Mirror Crack'd blog to see what the fabulous Design Team have created and maybe enter your own project.   The winner of the July "Canvas" challenge will be offered a Guest Designer spot for a future challenge.  


  1. Wow Ngaere, This is a gorgeous piece... I love the colour tones and what you've done even the baby wipes... great idea! Brilliant work... so love your creativity, Thanks for sharing

  2. Welcome Ngaere, pleased to have you with us and love your first project for the challenge. Happy crafting, Angela DT x

  3. Hi Ngaere - your piece is amazing...I love all the details and texture on the background and the flower is stunning..I have loads of used, dried up baby wipes that I keep because i think they'll be useful, yours looks brilliant !! Esther xx

  4. It's a wowser Ngaere! Love your canvas with a gorgeous flower! So many texture!So glad you have join our team over at The Mirror Crack'd.

  5. It's a wowser Ngaere! Love your canvas with a gorgeous flower! So many texture!So glad you have join our team over at The Mirror Crack'd.

  6. Hi Ngaere, great to have you on TMC Team. Wow you certainly changed that canvas, I don't think any more texture is possible! I love the colours and the metallic shimmer. Hugs Jan x

  7. Thank you all for your encouraging comments