Nuneka here with a Mixed Media canvas today. Since this is my first project as new member of the Little Birdie Crafts family, I wanted to do something special with which I could express how happy I feel. Now, without wasting any more time, let’s get started with the tutorial.
I chose the 12″x12″ Burlap Art Board for this project, which is a DM board perfectly covered with burlap providing a consistent base for any project you want to make. The burlap has its own texture which is really interesting and will make your project different. I started by making two holes on the upper end and placing eyelets so I could hang the piece later. I needed to think where I wanted my focal point and the other elements, so I drew some guiding lines with a soft pencil. Then I took the Mixed Media Paste – 2 in 1 (white) and covered the marked areas with a big brush (you don’t need to be very precise in this step).
TRICK: As the burlap has a lot of texture, take a bowl and mix a bit of your Mixed Media Paste 2 in 1 with some water, this way it will be easier to apply on textured surfaces like this.
After drying with the heat gun, I used the Stone Wall Stencil and applied Grainy Texture Paste with a spatula to create a beautiful pattern in the same areas. The Grainy Texture paste is really easy to apply cause the consistency is thick enough to have control on what you’re doing, and when it dries the texture is sandy.
TRICK: You can apply the paste through the stencil, move the stencil away, dry that area with the heat gun, and come back placing the stencil near; this way your fresh paste won’t get ruined by superposition.
It was time to add some colors. For me it is important to find some balance between the background and the main elements, as in this case I wanted to use dark roses, I needed my background to be soft. I used mica powders, but watercolors or sprays or any other fluid ink or paint will work perfect too. Once I was happy with the colors, I dried the whole art board really well and even let it air dry during some hours to make sure the colors were fixed.
TRICK: It is very important to dry well BEFORE this step, cause you need to spray a lot of water to make the colors move over the surface and get in the places you want.
Meanwhile I prepared some of the main elements of the composition. I covered some metal pieces with the Mixed Media Paste 2 in 1, dried and prepared my paints. I took the Tinted Metallic Paint – Silver Oak and put a little amount on a palette to mix it with few drops of Color Splash – Ocean Mist, this way I get a beautiful metallic soft blue. I also mixed the Tinted Metallic Paint with few drops of Color Splash Berry Blast + Ocean Mist to get an awesome lilac tone. I can’t say enough how much I adore this Tinted Metallic Paint: it is a MUST HAVE, it’s texture and consistency is just perfect making it very easy to apply and once dry, it gives off an incredible brightness and light. As one of the pieces was an empty pocket watch, I used Acrylic Soft Gel Medium Matte and Crystal Drops to fill it and create a wonderful inside. I let it dry and started painting the pieces, using a water spray (just a little) to make the colours move and mix.
TRICK: When mixing your colors, use a dropper or pipette, and mix well until the resultant color is uniform, you can always add more drops if you need it darker, but it is tough to go from dark to light.
I dried everything well and made a little stamping before I started adding the elements to the board. I used Sisal Fibre Natural to make a “bed” for the winged pocket watch and for the Round Frame Chipboard I placed on the lower end. As there are three areas where I wanted to put the flowers, I played a bit with them until I found the balance and composition with which I was happy. For this project I chose Little Birdie Flowers – Rosalind Mulberry. I’m not a “roses” girl… but since the first moment I saw these, I couldn’t take my eyes off them. The 21 pieces package has all sizes and two colours, plus some leaves and swirls, all of them are so well done that they really look like natural roses. When all the roses were on their places, I also added two Twirl Tune Chipboards to the composition. These Little Birdie primed chippies are so pretty that they don’t really need any alteration or decoration, even though their surface is already prepared to add your favorite paints on it. I glued all the pieces.
TRICK: Play with your elements until you are happy with the composition, then you can take a photo (to remember their places) and glue them… and if you are unsure, it is better to use gel medium or any other re-positionable glue. It is also better to use gel medium or any good glue for heavy or metallic elements, because if you use hot glue, they will probably fall.
Last step was to add any other decorative elements and make all come together. I really wanted to integrate the roses on the canvas, so I used a dry brush and applied some little gesso on top. I dried with the heat gun and used the Silver Oak Tinted Metallic Paint to give little touches to the flowers too, this is very helpful to enhance all the details of the flowers that otherwise would be unnoticed. I also made some splatters with the paint and finally I placed a chain through the holes and glued some tiny butterflies.
TRICK: Use your hand or a paper towel to take off the gesso or paint excess, it is always better to go twice over a surface than to add too much.
I would like you to see how beautiful these Rosalind Mulberry roses are and how they really got integrated in the whole creation when I highlighted the details with the Tinted Metallic Paint.
Also the Primed Chipboards has this natural look that matches perfectly on any project.
You can see how cute the Little Birdie Crystal Drops are, perfect for a special touch.
In this close-up you can see how shinny and luminous the Tinted Metallic Paint is and how well it mixed with the Color Splash sprays, giving me these soft blue and lilac colors.
I’ve prepared a video tutorial so you don’t miss any step!
These are the Little Birdie products I’ve used in this project:
- Burlap Art Board 12″x12″
- Acrylic Soft Gel Medium Matte
- Mixed Media Paste 2 in 1
- Stencil Stone Wall 4”x7”
- Grainy Texture Paste
- Crystal Drops
- Tinted metallic Paint, Silver Oak
- Color Splash, Ocean Mist
- Color Splash, Berry Blast
- Sisal Fibre Natural
- Little Birdie Flowers, Rosalind Mulberry 21pc
- Little Birdie Primed Chipboard, Chipboard Twirl Tune 2pc
- Little Birdie Primed Chipboard, Chipboard Round Frame 1 pc
I really hope you’ve enjoyed the project.
See you very soon! xoxo