First you will want to paint your canvas. I used a gold Folk Art paint. You can use any color you want, but it will take a few coats to cover up the canvas. You might not be able to find the exact canvas I am using, but look around they seem to always have some great choices for canvases, and you might want to experiment with different sizes.
Once your paint is dry you can add the grass. Take as much as you want and shape it into a nest shape and hot glue it to the canvas.
Then you add your eggs, add a single one in the middle, or a grouping of 3. If you can’t find any eggs look around for another spring related item that would fit on your canvas. Be creative and experiment with your center piece.
These are just so cute when they are all finished. These would look great in a grouping of 3. Also, this would be a fun project for kids or a church group. There are so many great options for these canvases.
Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? Recently I went to Hawaii with my family and I went to Quilt and Fabric land and I picked up a pile of fat quarters (with complete honesty, I don’t sew but I do glue things onto canvases, lol) I knew I wanted to make a beach landscape mixed media canvas. I am so thrilled with how it turned out, just how I imagined it!
You can see the video here in case you need more in depth instructions:
Use any sized canvas you want, I used a 20×20 and painted the edges with black acrylic paint.
First cut your fabric into strips then plan out what you want you canvas to look like. I wanted a beach landscape with a sun set, so I used a lot of blues for the sky, turquoise for the water, tans for the beach, and yellow, reds, and oranges for the sun. This will give you a rough idea of what it will look like, but things will move and shift and you will change your mind throughout the process, which is perfectly fine.
Now, we need to adhere everything down. So I took a heavy gloss gel (modeling paste would work as well) and spread a thin layer on to the canvas. Then I dipped a strip of fabric into the soft gloss gel and soaked the fabric (make sure you ring it out out) then I crinkled it up and put it on the canvas. I wanted to to stay in place and this seemed to work great.
I started with the sun, which was my focal point and then I built the scenery up from there. This does take a while, but be patient and take breaks if needed. Then let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Once it was all dry I adhered sea shells on to the fabric with the heavy gel. I wanted to add more texture and interest to the canvas.
Then I dry brushed on different paints in metallic and sparks colors to add even more detail.
I love how this turned out and I can’t wait to create more landscapes with fabric!
Christmas paper (not the one I used, but it will work): http://amzn.to/2l39qii
Snowflake embossing folder (not the same one I used, but it will work): http://amzn.to/2kqPVwj
Christmas tree die cut (not the same one I used, but it will work): http://amzn.to/2AdU90U
Start with Yupo Paper, what is that you ask? It is a wonderful synthetic paper that is perfect for alcohol markers and watercolors.
I am in love with synthetic paper, so be on the the look out for more tutorials using it.
For the blue background scribble blue alcohol markers all over
Then you take a pipet and alcohol and drop it all around. This will blend the colors and create a really wonderful effect. Play around with it and use more or less alcohol and try different colors.
Let this completely dry before using the embossing folder. I let it air dry over night, but you can use a heat gun if you are careful not to melt the paper, lol.
Once the background is dry use the embossing folder to create a snow flake background.
Cut out the trees using a die cut.
To assemble the card layer a coordinating background paper, then add the embossed, blue Yupo Paper, add the trees (I used foam tape for dimension), stamp the sentiment, and then I added stickles to the trees for detail.
That is it, a wonderful, handmade card that is perfect for everyone on your list.
It is that time of year when all the junk mail comes to your house. I recycle what I can, but sometimes it is just too pretty to throw away. So I save it.
And that is were the problem comes in, I have a stack of junk mail that needs to be dealt with, so I turned a few pieces into art journals.
This is just the tutorial on how I created the art journal, if you want to see what I did to the inside let me know in the comments and I will show you the art (when I am finished with it, lol)
Here is the video tutorial:
So what you do is start with really great junk mail. I had one from Capital One and Tiffany’s. Side note: I have only been to Tiffany’s once and I bought the cheapest pair of earrings there about 10 years ago and I still get their mailers, lol. And their mailers are beautiful!
Once you decided on what you want to alter grab some gesso. I used white, black and clear. The black is fun so I can use some light colors, it breaks up the book. I also added clear gesso over some of the images, that way I keep the image but the page is prepped to take all sorts of mediums.
The cover of the Tiffany book is so pretty and festive! This will be my holiday 2017 art journal. When looking for junk mail to make into an art journal look for mailers that have slightly thicker paper. If it is too thin then the pages will buckle and it won’t hold up.
The white gesso didn’t cover all the images completely, but that is ok, I will fill the page with other art and it won’t get in the way. But if you want the image to be completely gone, the add a few layers.
I left some words uncovered, I thought they we fun and it will help me start the page.
The Capital One mailer was a great size and it will be fun to do more landscape journal pages. I kept the images and some words, and it makes for a great starting point.
It was a lot of fun to prep my new art journals. What piece of junk mail do you have that is too beautiful to recycle? And did you just keep it or did you re purpose it?
Christmas craft fair season is upon us! Yikes, I am not ready! Anyone else doing craft fairs and are you ready?
One item I like to see are earrings. On a side note I only make and sell things I will use/wear/display in my home. Too often people try to make only what they think will sell and not what they actually like or that they would wear or use. This is my opinion, and I sure it is different from other opinions. Now I want to sell it all, but I know some things won’t sell and that is ok. And since I like it I will be more likely to use in my daily life.
They are fantastic, I love how portable they are with the handle and each bin comes out so I take out what I need. There is a lot of room and they fit my needs perfectly.
The organizational bins behind the plastic storage is the metal strip my husband hung along with the magnetic containers from the dollar store. You can read the blog post here: Organizers
The earrings are really cute and fairly simple to make. All you do is add a French hook to a cute charm. I used a zipper pull and some other charms I had in my stash.
I like to use a variety of charms, not just Christmas ones. You never know what people will need or want.
Once I have a pile made I will package them and get them ready for the craft fair. If you are interested in seeing how I make my packaging and how I display my earrings let me know and I will write a post about it.
As many of you already know I am headed to Disney World soon to participate in the Crochet Crowd’s Wish Upon A Stitch! I am so excited! So to prep for the trip I have been making new Mickey Ears like this Black Roseone and I just finished a DIY Magic Band and Magic Keeper!
This is the new Magic Band 2- so that means you can pop the middle part out and put it in a Magic Keeper! I love the versatility of the new Magic Bands.
I made a Mulan Inspired Magic Band this time (Last Time I did a Steampunk Beauty and the Beast– here is the link to the Blog Post and Video)
Here is the video tutorial:
Materials (Affiliate Links)
Glue Syringe: http://amzn.to/2yeV8Q9
wax stick for rhinestone: http://amzn.to/2yWy9qh
Sally Hansen Wine Not color: http://amzn.to/2yabiZn
I painted a base coat with nail polish then I painted 3 coats of this beautiful red color and I painted the edges with a copper color. Use nail polish, it seems to work the best with magic bands. The last one I had held up really well and so I am doing the same thing this time.
Just like last time I added a watch face because I wear my magic band on my left hand and I didn’t want it to interfere with my watch.
Once the nail polish was dry I glued (I used E6000) on charms and rhinestones and whatever else I could find. I found a Dragons, Chinese Coins, Rhinestones, flower, and a sword for symbolizing Mulan.
Once the glue was dried I painted a final coat of base coat on the magic band. Let it all dry and you are good to go!
Fair warning-It may not work with all the paint on the magic band… I had no problems last time, but you never know with the new version. I will try it out and let you know how it goes.
These Magic Keepers are so cute, but plain black. I just have to paint everything, and I think it looks so cute now that it is done!
I painted a layer of clear gesso to prime the plastic to prep it for water marbling. For water marbling I just had a bin of water and then I placed drops of nail polish and swirled them around. Once I was happy with my marbling I dipped my Magic Keeper in the water and it turned out so cute!
Once it was dry I added some holographic nail polish on top to add some sparkle, you can never have too much sparkle. Once it is all dry I added a layer of base coat on the top to seal it, now it is good to go for my week at Disney!
Have you ever decorated a Magic Band? How did you decorate it?
Is there anyone out there still obsessed with Harry Potter? I love all the books and movies, and when I found the lantern that I used in this mixed media I knew what quote would work perfectly for it.
You will want texture, so for the grid stencil I used a dish mat and stenciled it on the background.
The find everything you can get your hands on and glue it down with modeling paste. I found broken toys (there are Hex Bugs and Bakugan and more in there) broken necklaces, bracelets, lace glow sticks, beads, buttons, and more. The lantern was a night light that I disassembled and added a cork for the bottom.
Remember, colors don’t matter because we will cover it all with black gesso.
Once you are happy with the placement cover everything with black gesso. Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies and cover it well.
Now it is time to paint. I used metallic paints and painted near the light with brighter colors and went darker from there. I wanted to make sure the light was coming from the lantern and casting a glow on the rest of the painting.
For the quote I just printed it on my computer and adhered it to the painting. When everything was dry I sealed with a spray sealer.
And there you have it, a Harry Potter Mixed Media Canvas to show off your love of all things Harry Potter.
In case you missed my other Harry Potter inspired crafts you can see it here:
Fall is in the air and I am just loving it! I especially love seeing all the sunflowers, they are my favorite flowers! They are so pretty, and bright. Seeing all the sunflowers I was inspired to make a Sunflower Mixed Media Canvas.
Let me tell you how I made this canvas!
First I started with a canvas board and covered it with different ribbons (I adhered it with modeling paste), then I covered it all with black gesso.
I painted the canvas with a few different shades of blue acrylic paint. I loved how it looks like a sky, but it was a little bright, I did end up toning it down by the time I was finished.
Now it is time to add all the goodies!! I had this pack of rusty nails that I found in my Grandpa’s shop, I couldn’t pass up this great texture. (be careful if you are using rusty nails, I wore gloves and washed my hands often)
I added book pages, burlap, other metal items, flowers, hinges, clear round dots, keys, brads, hot glue, and anything else I could find. Just use what you have in your stash and around the house. I adhered it all with modeling paste (I tinted the paste with some brown acrylic paint).
Once everything was all dry I primed the elements with clear gesso then I sprinkled mica powder on (yellow in the flowers, green in the grass and stems, and blue in the sky) I added water to activate it and I loved the look. Once that was all dry I dry brushed acrylic paint all over to add more color and details.
I am in love with how it turned out! I used such a random assortment of products, I will list them all below for you. As always, let me know if you have and questions on this project.