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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

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Unscripted Sketches # 106 - Artists Canvas Mixed Media Picture

Hello everyone, I'm back for this week's Unscripted Sketches challenge.  Sketch #106, for some reason, was hard for me to turn into a card, so I finally tried something I had been wanting to work on for a while - an artist canvas mixed media piece.   Here is my take on this week's sketch . . . . .

And here are all the details . . .

The blueprint:

The Supply List:

  • 8" x 10" artists canvas (Walmart)
  • Acrylic Paints, decoupage medium, foam brush and 1" flat brush all from my stash
  • Green paper is My Minds Eye, Penny Lane, Feeling Groovy "Pure Joy" Happy Stripe Paper (reverse)
  • Red pokla dotted paper is Echo Park, "For The Record by Bella Road", Table Cloth
  • Image printed on ink jet printer from collage sheet purchased from Etsy Shop phenomenon1859.  The image is an old Mabel Lucie Attwell picture
  • Scrap of fabric, twine and gems from my stash.
  • Red grosgrain ribbon from my stash - saved from gift packaging

  • Ink Jet Printer and Computer
  • Scissors, craft knife
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cricut Expression, A Child's Year Cartridge

Tips and Techniques:
  • Paint canvas with 2-3 coats of white acrylic paint, allowing each to dry before applying next
  • Print image from Picasa free photo editing software onto white cardstock
  • Paint top 3/4 of canvas with 2 coats of blue paint, allowing to dry between coats
  • Once all of the paint is dry, glue green patterned paper to canvas
  • Paint with one coat of decoupage medium, place image while wet, then allow to dry completely
  • Paint with another coat of decoupage medium, place lettering while wet, then allow to dry completely
  • Paint with at least two more coats of decoupage medium, allowing to dry completely between coats
  • Add gems with glue
  • Add swatch of fabric and twine with glue
  • Glue ribbon around the outer edge of the canvas using glue

I am really pleased with how this turned out, and think I will hang it on the wall in my 'laundry closet' to brighten my laundry days!  Don't be afraid to try new things, and use products meant for one type of craft in new and different ways, I think you will find lots of ways to use your papercrafting products.

Thank you so much for visiting, and for joining us at Unscripted Sketches this week!  Be back soon with another project.  Blessings, Becky


Val said...

This is the cutest one yet!!! I LOVE it! You will be proud of me. I think I am in love with "chicken scratch"! I don't know if I did it all right but it sure has been fun. I will show a picture tonight. When I do, don't laugh! (well you can a little! lol)

LindaS said...

Wonderful idea. Love the desing but especially the "laundry" in the corner.