Merry and Bright Candles Mixed Media Canvas

Merry and Bright Candles Mixed Media Canvas

Posted by DecoArt on Oct 13th 2015

Nothing says "holidays" like candles and this mixed media canvas will add the warmth of color to yours.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • scissors
    • ruler
    • baby wipes
    • black ink pad
    • #6 round brush
    • #0 liner brush
    • 1" painter's tape
    • 3/4" oval brush
    • 1/2" angle brush
    • 1" oval wash brush
    • stiff stencil brush
    • bubble wrap
    • palette knife
    • sanding pad
    • cotton tip swab
    • mini mister
    • #8 filbert brush
    • specialty sponge set, #29-32227
    • #6 floral round brush
    • double-ended stylus
    • Mish Mesh stamp
    • wooden pallet
    • canvas paper
    • cling stamp set
    • stamp handle


    1. Seal the wooden palette plaque surface with Traditions Multi-Surface Sealer.
    2. When dry, lightly sand with a sanding pad and wipe clean.
    3. Basecoat the plaque surface with two coats of White Gesso using a large specialty sponge.
    4. When dry, load a palette knife with White Gesso and scrape horizontally across the canvas to create texture. Allow to dry. If the texture is too pronounced, lightly sand and wipe clean.
    5. Instruction #4
    6. Background: Using an oval wash brush, slip-slap Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide over the canvas. (Allowing the brush-strokes to be visible will add interest.)
    7. Instruction #5
    8. Load a stencil brush with Burnt Sienna and stencil on the Andy Skinner Whirlpool Stencil randomly onto the background.
    9. Instruction #6
    10. Pick up a touch of Transparent Red Iron Oxide on the edge of the large specialty sponge. Keeping the sponge flat on the surface with paint at the outer edge, use a small circular motion to shade down both sides and across the bottom.
    11. Instruction #7
    12. Load a flora round brush with thinned Burnt Sienna. Rap the brush sharply on a ruler to create a spatter. Spatter the background lighlty and repeat with thinned Titan Buff. While the paint is still wet, mist with rubbing alcohol using a mini mister bottle. (This will disperse the spatters for a more muted effect.)
    13. Apply a thin layer of Titan Buff evenly to a piece of bubble wrap, using the small specialty sponge. (This should be distressed and muted. Too much paint will cause the image to be blurry and too strong.) Press the bubble wrap onto the surface randomly. If the bubble wrap design becomes too vibrant, it can be diminished by lightly sanding.
    14. Instruction #9
    15. Candles: To paint the halos, base the canvas paper with a 1:1:2 mix of Diarylide Yellow, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, and Titanium White.
    16. Using a small specialty sponge, coat the circle mish mesh stamp with Burnt Sienna and stamp onto each halo area. Allow to dry.
    17. Instruction #11
    18. With a filbert brush, base the flame with a darker shade of the halo base color. Pick up some Quinacridone Burnt Orange on the bottom and up the right side. Highlight the top and left side with Titanium White. With the same color, loosely outline the outer edge of the halo.
    19. Instruction #12
    20. When dry, cut the halo out with an uneven outline.
    21. The candles are also painted on the canvas paper. Basecoat the paper with Diarylide Yellow. Base each candle with Pyrrole Red deeper on the right side, blending into the Diarylide Yellow on the left. Trace each candle 1-1/2” wide. Brighten the top and left side with Pyrrole Orange.
    22. Instruction #14
    23. Deepen the bottom and right sides with Quinacridone Violet.
    24. Coat the texture stamp with Titanium White following the instructions in step 11. Stamp the design on each candle.
    25. Instruction #16
    26. Cut each candle shape out.
    27. Right Border: Mask off 2-1/2” from the right side of the canvas and basecoat with Titanium White.
    28. When dry, over-paint with Cadmium Orange Hue.
    29. Load a oval wash brush with Pyrrole Red and slip-slap down the right 2/3s of the section.
    30. Load the dirty brush with Cadmium Orange Hue, roughly blending into the Pyrrole Red.
    31. Deepen the right and bottom with Quinacridone Magenta. (The brush-strokes should be visible.)
    32. Position the Andy Skinner Burning Rubber Stencil and secure with painter’s tape. With a palette knife, scrape Crackle Paint over the stencil. Carefully remove the stencil and tape.
    33. With an oval wash brush, deepen around all edges of the stenciled area with thinned Transparent Red Iron Oxide, keeping it lighter in the middle. If it becomes too tinted, lift the excess gently with a baby wipe.
    34. Shade Transparent Red Iron Oxide against the left side of the border on the Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide background.
    35. Leaves: Base a piece of canvas paper Green Gold. Use the dotted masking stencil included with the stamp set to stencil Yellow Green Light dots.
    36. Base another piece of canvas paper with Yellow Green Light and stencil dots using Phthalo Green-Yellow.
    37. Trace and cut out leaves, 14 from each sheet. Shade half of the Green Gold leaves with Yellow Green Light across the base and up the right side. Shade the other half across the base and up the left side.
    38. For the Yellow Green Light leaves, shade the same as above using Phthalo Green-Yellow.
    39. Instruction #29
    40. With the Black Glass Paint Marker, draw veins on the leaves.
    41. Arrangement and Outlining: Arrange all pieces in place. Coat the surface and back of pieces with Matte Medium to secure.
    42. Instruction #31
    43. Paint Titanium White wax drips at the tops of the candles and pull a highlight down the left side of each.
    44. Using the Black Glass Paint Marker, loosely outline all leaves, candles, wax, wicks, flames, and halos.
    45. Instruction #33
    46. Using a finger, smudge Transparent Red Iron Oxide down both sides and across the bottom of the entire plaque. Repeat with Quinacridone Violet.
    47. Scallop Top Border: Canvas paper is used to create the scallop border at the top. With a palette knife, scrape White Gesso over the canvas paper. (This should cover the entire surface, but does not have to be completely smooth. This will help provide a smoother surface so the details of the stamping are more complete.) Let dry.
    48. When dry, topcoat with Titanium White and transfer the scallop lines.
    49. Attach the Holiday Giving Christmas word stamp to the acrylic handle.
    50. Coat the stamp with black ink and stamp over the scallops. When dry, cut out.
    51. Position the scallop border at top of plaque and secure with Matte Medium. With a round brush, shade Transparent Red Iron Oxide along the bottoms and up the sides of the scallops.
    52. Using the same brush, shade Quinacridone Violet below the scallops.
    53. Loosely outline the scallops with the Black Glass Paint Marker.
    54. Base the berries Titanium White with a round brush. Using the same brush, paint a Transparent Red Iron Oxide shadow below and to the right of each berry.
    55. Topcoat the berries with Pyrrole Red.
    56. Load a dirty brush with Cadmium Orange Hue to brighten the top and left of the berries.
    57. Deepen the bottom and right of the berries with Quinacridone Magenta.
    58. Add a strong Titanium White highlight on the top left of each berry.
    59. Finishing: Load a round brush with thinned Quinacridone Violet. Rap the brush sharply on a ruler to create a spatter. Flick spattering mostly around the edges, keeping the center area much lighter.
    60. Repeat the previous step with Titanium White.
    61. With a round brush and thinned Transparent Red Iron Oxide, float a shadow below all the bottom leaves and in the horizontal grooves.
    62. Topcoat the entire surface with a slip-slap of Matte Medium using an oval wash brush.


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