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Improbable - Mixed Media Mini Canvas


Hi crafty friends! It's Lisa here with you today and I'm sharing a little Mixed Media Mini Canvas that I made using just about everything that Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® has on the shelf. ;) It was fun using a little bit of everything. "Mixable Mediums + Matching Color Palettes = Mixed Media Made Simple." It's so VERY true!

I have a lot of photos to share so please bear with me! Let's get started:


1 - Cover canvas panel with a very thin coat of Gel Medium. Place tissue paper on top. Apply another thin coat of Gel Medium on top of tissue paper. Allow to dry or heat set.


2 - Once dry. Tear away any pieces that aren't completely adhered. If it's completely adhered...that's okay. If not? Yay! More rustic and fun. Save any larger pieces and reapply with Gel Medium and be certain to dry completely.



3 - Use Gelatos® to completely cover the canvas. Rub in with fingers or with a cloth.  (Gonna get messy!!)




4 - Either use a damp (not super wet) baby wipe or lightly wet rag to blend your colors in. It may seem like the above steps were for nothing, but it becomes a very subtle and necessary background.



5 - Using the large feather stamp and the Stamper's Big Brush Pens rub the markers over the stamp. Mist the stamp lightly with water and then press onto the canvas to stamp it in place.



6 - Repeat the above process, but use the Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Cold Grey III #232 and stamp the feather in the opposing direction. (Note: It may help to heat set these afterwards since they were stamped with water and may take longer or also may smudge.)

7 - Using punchinella (which is sequin waste) or any stencil or your choice create a pattern using a mixture of Chalboard Paint and Gesso. (Please note that I decided it was a little too stark for me and I went over parts of it with Whipped Spackle later.) Then using a ring from a Mason Jar and the Stamper's Bug Brush Pens create overlapping circles. Blend each circle with your finger to get the look of dimension. **Stamper's Big Brush Pens blend like buttah on Gel Medium!! Please try this technique if you have these pens!!**


8 - Gesso can also be used to create "white space". I wanted to stamp the sentiment in the lower left hand corner, but I hand too much color there. So I used Gesso to lighten the area up. It's a great tool to have on hand. Once I lighten the area, and stamped the sentiment, then I went back in with the Gelatos® and Stamper's Big Brush Pens to get the color back.


(I want to be Improbable and Beautiful, afraid of nothing as if I had wings.)

9 -  With the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor pencils I watercolored 4 feathers from a stamp set that also had a matching die. I ran each feather through my die-cutting machine and had 4 individual feathers, which I then 3D foam m0unted onto the canvas.



9 -  Using a craft knife or hobby blade scrape off some bits from a few colors of the Paper Crafter Crayons™.  Let them scatter whereever they land, as seen above. (Please be certain to emply proper safety when melting these to the canvas to prevent burning yourself and the canvas.) I use a mini craft iron.

10 - This is when I went over my dark grey dots with the Whipped Spackle, but other that that? It's done! Here are some other angles.




These little canvases are super fun to make and would make a GREAT gift for a friend, don't you think? What kind of things do you like to make as gifts? Or do you prefer to buy? Christmas is right around the corner! :)

Thanks for spending some time with me today and I hope you enjoyed my project.

Lisa Sig

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Supplies:
Gel Medium
Chalkboard Paint
Whipped Spackle
Gelatos®: Gelatos® Double Scoop® - Red Cherry, Lemon, Mango. Steampunk Collection Colors – Coffee, Iced Chai, Cinnamon. 50’s Diner Collection - Blood Orange.
Stamper’s Big Brush Pens: Magenta #133, Deep Scarlet Red #219, Scarlet Red #118, Orange Glaze #113, Dark Chrome Yellow #109, Cold Grey III #232, and Black #199.
Art GRIP® Aquarelle Water Color Pencils: #121 - Pale Geranium Lake, #126 - Permanent Carmine, #105 - Light Cadmium Yellow, #115 - Dark Cadmium Orange, #117 - Light Cadmium Red.
Paper Crafter Crayons™: Red/Yellow Set and the Neutral Set.
Collapsible Water Cup

Other Supplies:
Stamp sets – Eclectica3 – PaperArtsy, Fair Feathers Stamps & Die Set – Mama Elephant
Adhesive – Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® - 3D Foam Squares, White, Small
Tissue – Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap
Canvas Panel – 6 x 6” Primed Canvas Wood Panel
Glitter – Distress Glitter



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This is superb Mixed Media canvas, Lisa! loved it !! wonderful background with gelatos and PIIt pens


Fabulous! Am going to make these as gifts!

Heather Ferguson

Love this canvas! Looks beautiful and those colors are gorgeous!

Linda Baker

Love it Lisa!

Linsey R

It's fabulous Lisa!!! I agree, this will make some lucky person very happy to receive such a lovely handmade work of art as a gift! I definitely prefer making gifts to buying them, but I always seem to end up doing both, lol! This year, I'm giving away a few mixed media art canvases, homemade candles and homemade sugar scrub to the ladies. Guys are more difficult to make things for--any ideas, I'm open!!! :D Thanks for sharing this gorgeous piece and for your always awesome inspiration!!!

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