Thursday, 1 November 2012

Mixed Media Canvas PHOTO Tutorial for My Creative Scrapbook Kit Club

Hi everyone!  Hope you are all well!
A pinch and a punch for the first of the month!! 

 I am so excited to share some really cool news - got me some
 'Happy Mail' today - so expect an exciting announcement here
 very soon!  What a great start to November, waking up to such
 good news :)

Today I have copied and pasted my 'Mixed Media Canvas' tutorial 
 from the My Creative Scrapbook blog HERE. If you have never made 
a canvas before or you are lacking confidence I hope this will
 help you.  The video tutorial for this is in my previous post and
 is 20 minutes,  and is a short lesson in all you need to know to get
 started with mixed media work, which I know is daunting until you
actually dive in.

Worth a watch if you are interested in learning some basic
 mixed media techniques such as resist embossing , various misting
 and masking methods, as well as my advice on the different
 products available today, what you really need and what you
 can live without.

To recreate a similar canvas you can purchase a kit HERE but please
 note the kit contents as I have used items from my own stash too.

Supplies List for 'Go Confidently' Canvas

12inch Canvas - locally purchased
Embossing Glue Pad & refill - Tsukineko
UTEE {Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel} Ranger
White Acrylic Paint - Dala
Modeling Paste - Reeves
Texture medium - Deco Art
Multi Medium Matte- Claudine Helmuth Studio
Green paint - Dala
Grid stencil - 6' Crafter's Workshop
Butterfly Stencil - Maya Road
Black Mist - Maya Road - Charcoal
Blue Mist - Tattered Angels - Patina
Green Mist - Gable Green - Studio Calico
Navy mist - Smooch Spritz - Navy Twinkle
Pink Mist - Studio Calico 'Calico Cream' mixed with
Ranger Liquid Pearls Petal Pink
Blue dots - Ranger Liquid Pearls Baby Blue
Ranger Liquid Pearls Peacock {Green}
Alphas - Webster's Pages Storytellers - Park Drive
Misted gauze - bought from pharmacy then misted
Keys - Maya Road Antique Room Keys
Beads - 7 Gypsies Dangles
{Black mist, stencils, dangles and keys all from
My Creative Scrapbook Mixed Media Kit October 2012}

Helen Tilbury ‘How to Create a Mixed Media Canvas’ Photo Tutorial
{in 15 easy steps – approximate time to complete – 3 hours}

1. Use your embossing stamp pad (or the refill ink applied with your finger) through the grid stencil all around your canvas, not worrying whether you get complete coverage or not.

2. Apply clear embossing powder or UTEE (ultra-thick embossing powder) – shake off the excess then brush off with a thick brush before drying with an embossing gun.

3. Colour your background using spray inks, starting with the black provided in your kit, then spritz with lots of water then pale blue and green mists. Deliberately avoid building up the area underneath where you know you will place your photograph & dry off your canvas between colours to avoid a muddy mess.

4. Choose a darker colour (I chose navy blue) – remove the lid from the spray bottle and shake the uptake straw directly over your canvas to release droplets/splats of ink.

5. Dry your canvas upside down so that the green ink at the bottom runs into the blue ink at the top (if you follow my images you will create a type of outdoor scene) reminiscent of grass and sky.

6. Now position your butterfly stencil from the Mixed Media kit up in the sky (to the left or right – the choice is yours) & apply thick texture/modelling paste through the stencil then use Liquid Pearls to define the edges of the butterfly shape by dabbing on tiny dots then leaving to dry for at least 30 minutes.

7. Add more texture paste around your canvas, using the grid stencil again, if you want to see more white areas.

8. Go around the edge of your canvas with white acrylic paint or a thick gesso, to give your canvas a modern vignette effect of fading into pale edges.

9. Mist up some gauze/muslin/cheesecloth (any very fine fabric) a few different co-ordinating colors (I have pale blue, turquoise & lime) & scrunch them up randomly in the area where you have planned to place your photo – making sure they end up slightly larger than your photograph so the gauze shows up around your photograph like a matt.

10. Use an adhesive medium in the middle of the gauze to adhere it to your canvas.

11. Decide on your sentiment then loosely write it out ‘in rough’ on a piece of wax/deli paper so the letters keep their ‘stick’ – using the alphas provided in the kit (mix your colours if necessary – if you don’t have enough letters all in the same color) then paint over the letters in one uniform color.

12. Seal your canvas with a matt or gloss medium or varnish (which will also act as a glue for your letters) obviously avoiding your gauze.

13. Once your alphas are dry attach them to your canvas – using a set square to ensure they are at a 90degree angle to your canvas sides – then strengthen them by applying a glue such as Tombo Mono over the top of them, to hold them firmly in place (rub it in with your fingers).

14. Attach your photograph using pop-dots to raise it up slightly.

15. Add your embellishments now – such as your keys and beads. You are done! 


scrapping4me said...

Glad you are feeling better Helen! You are really venturing into the blog world with video and I put my hat up to you! Way to go!

Tina said...

Great tutorial Helen! Congrats on the MCS gig!

Lynnda said...

Hey Helen.... this is a great and awesome tutorial!!!... THanks for sharing your tips! helps... hugs...xoxo

Leonie said...

Awesome, I love the gauze! I'd never thought of using embossing on a canvas, love that Idea!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Can't wait to hear this news!! I am LOVING how you put this together!! SO GORGEOUS!!!

FiKenward said...

How you get the time to complete all you do amazes me, I wish I had more time to create. Great tutorial and great altered canvas, love the use of the muslin here.

yyam said...

Wow! Loads of beautiful textures and layers here! Just gorgeous Helen!

juscrap said...

Great tutorial Helen! I realy love this canvas. hugs

Evgenia Petzer said...

wow!!! lots of work!

Unknown said...

wow stunning my friend so happy you are join in the team Wowza

hugs carla

Sandie said...

Thanks for sharing this Helen, what a wonderful tutorial and I so love the texture and how it all looks in your wonderful layout!

Linda Eggleton said...

Love your canvas, Helen...and such a great tutorial - TFS!

Marilyn said...

Excellent tutorial and Gorgeous work, Helen!! I saw it at MCS blog and I loved it!!!!! The canvas looks awesome...Gorgeous work!!!!! :)

Eila Sandberg said...

Really super tut Helen, watched it from start to end and the 20 minutes just flew by! so loved watching it, you're a natural!! Beautiful beautiful canvas too, lots of yummo textures on it and the colours are just wonderful. xoxo

LISA said...

Gorgeous Helen, simply gorgeous!! said...

Thanks for sharing your tutorials in both formats. I do like the longer video with more instruction better. ;-) Amazing canvas!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Unknown said...

Yeah, that's a great video ! Lots of tips. And it was great seeing (and hearing) you too. Even I could understand every words. Congrats !