Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Mixed Media Christmas Canvas & Tutorial

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share with you a canvas piece with a brief tutorial of how I made it, that I finished this week.  The actual canvas is one I started a few months ago, I had covered the canvas with some scraps of vintage paper & paint, however then I was stuck!  I wasn't overly happy with it and wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it so I left it aside.

For the past few months I have taken various online workshops from the lovely Christy Tomlinson.  She is a Mixed Media Artist who is very talented and a real down to earth lovely person.  This is a pic showing all the workshops I have taken so far, they are fantastic, absolutely jam packed full of information, techniques, how to's, creating the art, pdf's and heaps more!

Her latest workshop, just in time for Christmas is this one

Christy has gathered some amazing artists such as Alisa Burke, Donna Downey & more and each of them show how to make a Christmas ornament.  Check out Christy's BLOG

Anyway, I know I diverted a little from my canvas lol, but there is a reason!  I wanted to show you these because my canvas was inspired by one of Christy's workshops, She Art 2.  Christy does these gorgeous She Art girls on canvas etc & there was one she did which was Christmas inspired.  With my canvas I wanted to do a Christmas theme and style, I went back & recovered the original starting point with some old Vintage dress patterns & a light brown paint and went from there!

After applying the sewing patterns and paint I randomly stamped some snowflake images in some different colored inks all over the background and the sides.  Then I added some vintage lace and some Martha Stewart fine gold glitter, love that stuff.  For the wreath design I just teared off some smaller pieces of sewing patterns, scrunched them up and adhered them to the canvas with some decoupage and sprinkled some glitter flakes on top. 

 I purchased a couple of cheap Christmas ornament 'sticks' and cut them up, that is what I used for the greenery and the 'wings' and leaves, these were glittered up a bit too with some Stickles and glitter!  I glued on a pear from one of the decos and added some red 'berries', I got a pack of these in Riot I think, they are just some covered wire with a red 'berry' on each end!   Finally I cut, from a piece of Christmas fabric in my stash, the words 'Happy Holidays' and glued it in the middle and went around the edges with my Permaball pen.

I really enjoyed making this canvas and it is displayed in our lounge room near our Christmas tree :)

Thanks for letting me share & thanks for looking!


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