Dragonfly Leaves Canvas

Dragonfly Leaves Canvas

Posted by DecoArt on Oct 19th 2016

Hi everyone! Barbara here with a rustic Autumn canvas, inspired by some of Andy Skinner’s rust techniques, with a slight twist. With Autumn comes the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, and where I live, dragonflies abound this time of year, which is also my inspiration for this piece. I don’t always follow the rules, not that there are any, because I love experimenting, and this is another example of my “play as I go” techniques.

Items Needed:


Tear old book page in half diagonally and adhere to canvas with Decou-Page Matte. Be sure to coat the surface of the book pages, as well.

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Spread Media White Crackle Paint through Americana Classic Royal Tile Stencil with a stiff brush. Let paste dry naturally.

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Apply Media White Crackle Paste through one of the leaves in a handmade stencil I made with my electronic die cut machine. You could also use leaf dies as well. Let paste dry naturally. 

Place a second leaf in the stencil over the first and spread a thick layer of Media White Modeling Paste through it and allow to dry. This will add height to the leaf on top.

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Place a third leaf in the stencil over the first two and spread another thicker layer of Media White Modeling Paste through it and allow to dry.  

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Use a brush to apply a thin coat of the Media White Crackle Paint to the two uppermost leaves that were stenciled first with Media White Modeling Paste. You can realign the stencils to do this if you feel more comfortable. I also added a few strips of music notes washi tape, as shown.  

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Use a spatula to spread an uneven layer of Media Texture Sand Paste between the two books pages to blend them together.

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Paint a wash of color over background and sides of canvas with Media Payne’s Grey and water. 

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Paint the leaves with Phthalo Green-Yellow, Diarylide Yellow, and Cadmium Red Hue Fluid Acrylics and a damp brush, as shown. The crackle paste is giving a nice, vein-like texture to the leaves.

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Brush a light coat of Media Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide over all three leaves.  

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Brush a layer of Media Burnt Umber over yellow leaf, a layer of Quinacridone Gold over red leaf, and Transparent Red Iron Oxide over the green leaf. These paints are so amazing and I love how they reveal the colors beneath each layer.

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Paint background and sides of canvas with Americana Pebble acrylic paint. Use a stiff brush to scrub the color into the sand texture and get an uneven appearance.

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Mix Media White Tinting Base with Media Prussian Blue Hue and dry brush over background and sides of canvas.

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Repeat Step Thirteen, but add more Media White Tinting Base with the Media Prussian Blue Hue for a lighter color.

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Use a wet sponge dabber to pick up Media Payne’s Grey and dab off onto scrap paper before dabbing the entire background and sides of the canvas.


Brush Media Quinacridone Gold over the entire surface of canvas, including the leaves, and of course, the sides.

Dab Media Diarylide Yellow randomly over the background to simulate the lighter rust colors, and around the leaves for highlight.

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Realign the Americana Royal Tile Stencil over the corners and dry brush Media Metallic Silver over the design.

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Dry brush the background with Media Raw Sienna, concentrating on the edges and the sand texture.

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Die-cut and emboss a dragonfly from chipboard. Paint both sides with Media White Gesso to seal the porous chipboard. You may need to add a bit of water to the gesso, as it is quite thick and you do not want to cover the texture created by the embossing. Let dry. Paint both sides of chipboard with Media Payne’s Grey. A few coats may be necessary to get this deep, dark color.

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Paint wings (both sides) with Media Green Gold and body with Media Burnt Umber. Let dry.

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Paint wings (both sides) and body with Media Interference Gold. Let dry. Paint wings (both sides) with one coat of Media Payne’s Grey. (I painted only the right wing with the Payne’s Grey so you can see the difference in the photo.)


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Brush one coat of Media Clear Crackle Glaze over both wings and set aside to dry naturally. To bring out the cracks, wipe Media Carbon Black Antiquing Cream with a damp baby wipe or paper towel and wipe away the excess.  

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The Media paints and mediums have made the chipboard very flexible, allowing you to bend and shape the wings. Adhere dragonfly (body only) to canvas, as well as a couple of acorns over the leaf stems, as shown.

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I hope you enjoyed my project today and, perhaps, I have inspired you to try experimenting with these wonderful Media products from DecoArt. The possibilities are endless so, don’t forget to play!


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