Ignite Mixed Media Canvas

Ignite Mixed Media Canvas

Posted by DecoArt on May 23rd 2016

Hi everyone!  Norma here with you today to share my latest DecoArt Media project.

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This fun mixed media canvas was inspired by my son and his friends. They are all musicians who are passionate about creating and performing music every chance they get.   

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To start off, I rummaged through the scraps of papers on my worktable. I found pieces of hymns, book text and polka dotted wrapping paper. I used DecoArt Media’s Matte Medium to adhere them to the canvas. 

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Next I grunged it up a bit with black gesso.

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After that, I decided on my composition and sketched it out using a chalk pencil. I used the sketch as placements guide as I built all of the layers.

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I wanted this canvas to be filled with dimension. I began by creating swirls on the cross using America’s Transparent 3-D Gloss Enamel Writer. I chose transparent because I wanted the background layer to subtly peek through. Once it was completely dry, I added color using a blend of Burnt Sienna, Hansa Yellow Medium and even a little Phthalo Turquoise. I like mixing a variety of colors to create depth.

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Moving onto the winged heart! I primed a wooden heart and chipboard wings with white gesso. To paint the wings, I used Titan Buff and Titanium White.

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To create interesting texture and depth to the heart, I used white crackle paint and Quinacridone Magenta, Primary Magenta, Pyrrole Red, Orange Hue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Cobalt Teal Hue and Payne’s Gray.

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While the winged heart dried, I started working on the guitar. I drew a sketch of a guitar on balsa wood and then used an Exacto Knife to cut it out. Then I cut a second piece for added dimension.

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I stained the wood with the Carbon Black Shimmer Mister. I glued the two pieces of balsa wood together with matte medium. I used binder clips to hold the pieces together until the matte medium dried.

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To complete the little guitar, I used a white gel pen to doodle all of the flourishes, flowers, frets and guitar strings.

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By this time, my winged heart was nice and dry so it was time to put everything together. I attached the beautiful winged heart and then placed the guitar in front of the wings.

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To finish things off, I added the quote: Be Fearless in the Pursuit of what sets your Soul on Fire. Then I used Cobalt Teal to accentuate the background a bit. I also added more details with a black gel pen.

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That’s it! Thank you very much for joining me today. Don't forget to check out the other design team projects for more inspiration! 

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