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Weather Girl Mixed Media Canvas

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Hey everybody! Joy here! I'm so excited to be sharing my first post as a new member of the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Guest Design Team! I had a great time creating this project. I made it for my daughter who is a Sophomore in college studying Meteorology. From the time she was 4 years old she's been in love with weather which grew into a specific love of severe weather. She's passionate about storms!

During the summer she took a photo of a storm in progress, shared it on Twitter and was then asked if Atlanta's 11 Alive news could share it. She was thrilled!

Squid ink after gesso

The first thing I did was cover my canvas with Gesso and let it dry. While that was drying, I created a paper stencil that said, "Weather Girl" using the Silhouette Cameo die cut machine. Next, I scribbled onto my dry gesso covered canvas with a Gelato® in the Squid Ink color.

2 water to squid ink

Using a wet sponge brush, I painted over the Gelato® with water. That gave the canvas great coverage in grey, which was perfect for the cloudy background I needed to show through the words "Weather Girl".

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After that layer was dry, I taped down the stencil using blue painter's tape. Then, I colored in the letters using a white Paper Crafter Crayon™ from the Neutral pack.  What's great about using the Paper Crafter Crayons™ in this way is that they will act as a resist for the coming layers.  The "Weather Girl" letters will show through as grey no matter how many other color layers I add with Gelatos® .  Perfect for my rainy, foggy preferred look.

6 adding color gelatos

I added Snow Cone, Metallic Blueberry, Acqua Dolce and Metallic Mint Gelatos® to the canvas.  I blended them with my wet sponge paintbrush.

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While the canvas was wet, I threw some salt onto it.  That mottled the paint and aided in my dirty, rainy effect.  Be sure to brush the salt off after it dries.

8 made it rain

I mixed the Squid Ink, Snow Cone, Metallic Blueberry, Acqua Dolce and Metallic Mint Gelatos® with water in a bowl.  Then I used the Drip Dropper from the Gelatos® Tool Set to suck up some of the paint.  Then I threw it and dripped it onto the canvas to simulate rain.  It was fun!

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I cut apart some beautiful floral ribbon by May Arts and colored with a Squid Ink Gelato® directly onto it.  I added some water with my spong brush and TA DA! A painted flower.  It was AWESOME!  I went back and added more  Gelatos® in Blueberry Metallic until I got it just like I wanted it.  I did the same thing to the other flower using a Banana Gelato®.

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I paper punched out a few circles of cardstock and rubbed Squid Ink Gelato® and a little water into them.  I cut the centers out of the ribbon flowers so they could hold a bottle cap and a clear glass decor gem.  I glued the items to large paper clips and directly to the canvas using E-6000 adhesive.

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 I've been hanging onto this bottle cap for just the right occasion.  It's great as the sun and I love that saying!  Those cardstock arrows were heat embossed with clear UTEE.

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I love the way this flower center looks!  I think the Squid Ink Gelato® is my favorite.

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I hot glued May Arts ribbon aroud the edges.  See those puffy clouds?  That's more May Arts ribbon!  I just rolled it up into little coulds and stuck it down with a 1" Glue Dot.

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If you look at the canvas you can see that I added Glaze in streaks to give a semi-gloss rain look.  I also added it to the "Weather Girl" words which I detailed in Gel Medium.  The best thing about this project, besides all the cool Faber-Castell products I got to use, is that my daughter loves this!  YAY!  

Thanks so much for checking out my first project on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Guest Design Team! 


  • Paper Crafter Crayon™ white
  • Gelato® colors: Snow Cone, Metallic Blueberry, Acqua Dolce, Squid Ink, Banana and Metallic Mint
  • Gesso
  • Glaze
  • Gel Medium
  • Gelatos® Tool Set
  • May Arts ribbon
  • canvas
  • large metal paper clips
  • clear glass decor gems
  • bottle cap
  • E-6000
  • 1" Glue Dots
  • clear UTEE


Joy Dickson I'm a mom to three teenagers ranging from middle school to college and happily married to my BFF.  When I'm not "MOMming" or hanging out with my husband, I'm crafting. My furry friends include one permanently annoyed cat and a rapidly growing English Mastiff puppy.  Come visit me at Joy's Life.com, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, Twitter and YouTube!


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LOVE this!

Laura G.Turcotte



Great project - love how you created background :) Wonderful way to color those flowers too! Thanks for the inspiration!


Thank you all so much for the great comments! I really appreciate it! :)

Jean Marmo

Very cool

delphine mora

realy beautiful!

Leonie Neal-Dawson

What a great project Joy, great techniques and I love what you did to create the sun. It looks so effective. :)


Using salt? I'll have to try that

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