How To Make A Mixed Media Canvas in Gold Shimmer

by Nadine Carlier

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Imagine has so much more than just inks! They have lots of mixed media products too. I used several of them to create my mixed media canvas.
Watch my video below to see how I did it. Enjoy!

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time

Supplies

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Learn How to Emboss Drawings with All-Purpose Ink

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Learn How to Emboss Drawings with All-Purpose Ink

We were challenged with the color Fern Green this month so I decided to create a mixed media canvas with a green eye focal point. Using Memento Luxe ink pads, All-Purpose Ink and Fabrico markers, I added color to a canvas. To practice a new technique, I covered my wet All-Purpose Ink with Mboss Embossing Powder to enhance parts of the drawing. I also used Creative Medium to add texture to the canvas. Using Fabrico markers can help achieve details on your drawings easily and more accurate than a brush.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours


Step 1

Draw an eye on the canvas with the All-Purpose Ink in Real Black color.


Step 2

Cover with Mboss Clear embossing powder and heat set. All-Purpose Ink is a dense ink that will stay tacky enough on a canvas for embossing, which is a great alternative to get the awesome shine and texture from embossing powder with the densely pigmented ink and no stamping.


Step 3

Use the flower stencil and sponge daubers with the VersaColor Orchid and Memento Angel Pink ink pads to decorate under and top of the eye on the canvas.


Step 4

Blend Memento Luxe Pistachio and Pear Tart inks with a Brushstix to color the iris and VersaColor Cement ink pad to color around the iris.


Step 5

Add details to the iris using Memento London Fog and Fabrico Pine markers.


Step 6

Cover the iris with the VersaMarker pen and the with the Mboss Clear embossing powder and heat set. This will give the eye a glossy look.


Step 7

Use a palette knife to spread Creative Medium, paste over the tropical leaf stencil at the bottom of the canvas.


Step 8

With the help of a Sponge dauber cover parts and among previously stenciled designs with the Memento Luxe – Pistachio ink. Stencil more leaves with VersaColor Turquoise ink.


Step 9

Enhance the leaves and add detail with markers.


Step 10

Cut a piece of paper at the shape of eye, place it on top and sprinkle or flick All-Purpose Ink Real black on the canvas.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 10 x 12 inch blank canvas
  • Sanna Lippert Designs – Dream Flower stencil
  • DecoArt – Tropical leaf stencil
  • Heat tool

 

Watch a Video for Creative Mini Canvas Tote Bag

No Sew Mini Canvas Tote Bag

by Nadine Carlier

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Artist in Residence Nadine Carlier shares how she created a simple no-sew mini canvas tote bag using Memento Luxe inks. See how in the video below.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Supplies

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Other
  • 12 x 12 Canvas Sheet
  • Clear Scraps Stencil – Dandelion Wind
  • DecoArt Stencil – Serenity
  • Heat tool
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac
  • Twine
  • Button

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Learn to Adjust with Happy Little Accidents

We Don’t Make Mistakes…

by Roni Johnson

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Do you ever have one of those days? You know what I mean, everything seems to be just breezing along just as you envisioned it and then fate steps in to throw a monkey wrench in the works? Well that’s what happened to me while I was making this summer themed canvas. Yes, I said a summer canvas. As you will see below things were going along smashingly until fate decided that I needed this saying hanging on the wall of my art room a bit more than a canvas with a pretty summer sentiment.

Skill: We all make mistakes, so all skill levels
Time: Depends on how long it takes you to get over it

Directions

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Step 1

On a plain natural canvas generously spritz the entire canvas with Ink Potion No. 9.

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Step 2

Use an Ink Dropper to apply dots of Sky Blue All-Purpose Ink (API) randomly over the canvas. Let the Ink Potion No.9 spread the ink naturally.

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Step 3

Repeat using API in Green Apple and Tropical Lagoon.

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Step 4

Use a small paintbrush dipped into Ink Potion No. 9 to pull the inks towards the edge of the canvas. Once you are satisfied with the design, set it aside to dry.

∗Insert ominous music here

I didn’t follow my own instructions to SET ASIDE. I inadvertently spilled two-thirds of a bottle of Tropical Lagoon API on my drying canvas that I had left on my work surface.

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Trying not to cry over spilt ink, I came up with an alternative. As fate would have it  earlier that day I read where Bob Ross videos were going to become available again on a movie rental site. Inspiration hits!

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Step 5

“Match” the Tropical Lagoon by adding more Sky Blue and Apple Green splotches in the other corner and let it dry – in another room.

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Step 6

Once dry, mix a couple drops of Champagne Mist API in an mini spritz bottle with Ink Potion No. 9. Shake and spritz the mix over the canvas and once again let it dry.

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Step 7

Print out desired sentiment in fun, funky fonts that match the mood of the canvas. All of these fonts can be found at DaFont.com. Cut out and arrange on the canvas for fit; take a photo to help with the arrangement later on.

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Step 8

Color the backs of each letter using a black Gelato or similar medium.

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Step 9

Re-position each word on the canvas; temporarily adhere it with washi tape or painters tape. Use a stylus or other blunt ended tool to trace over each word exactly as it is on the printout. Continue until each word has been transferred to the canvas.

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Step 10

Outline and fill in each letter on the entire canvas with a black Fabrico Marker. Add extra little bits to highlight and frame your sentiment. I added “Bob Ross” to the right edge of the canvas so everyone would know where the quote came from.

This canvas is now hanging in my art room where I can see it every day. It’s a nice reminder to not take things too serious.

Supplies

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Other
  • Canvas Corp – Natural 14×14 Canvas
  • Paintbrush
  • Printed text
  • Faber Castell – Black Gelato
  • Stylus

 

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Find Out More with a Faux Metal Independence Canvas

Fourth of July Canvas Panel

by Mark Melnick

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We celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July every year. But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence – that day was July 2nd. July 4th is the day all the changes to the Constitution were agreed upon. Enough history—onto craft fun! This project was created using pigment inks on canvas to create a panel that can be proudly displayed on a small easel or hung by its star spangled grommets.

Skill: Beginner/Intermediate
Time: 45 mintues + drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Begin by taking a piece of canvas, I chose sticky back canvas for ease of use, and cut to desired size (mine is 8×10). Print wording onto the canvas piece, if desired. Stick canvas onto a piece of medium weight cardboard.

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Step 2

Take VersaFine Majestic Blue Ink and ink the bottom 1/3 of the canvas with a sponge dauber. Pigment inks were used specifically because they are fade-resistant. Allow ink to dry. Tape off area for red stripes. Apply Brilliance Rocket Red Ink using a small sponge dauber.

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Step 3

Ink chipboard stars with Delicata Silvery Shimmer Ink. When dry, apply Delicata White Shimmer Ink randomly over stars. This creates a beautifully shiny patina.

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Step 4

This same process is used for the J, U, L, Y and the ‘4’’. When ink is completely dry, turn over and spray the letters heavily with water. Emboss using an embossing folder of your choice. TIP: Embossing wet chipboard enables pieces to have even more dimension. You may lose some ink in the process, but it will give it that realistic worn metal look.

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Step 5

Apply some Delicata White Shimmer Ink to the white and red stripes for some extra sparkle. Adhere all chipboard pieces to the canvas. Finish by placing grommets at either corner of your finished piece. Grommets have larger holes than eyelets making it easier to hang. If you choose to display on an easel, use of eyelets or grommets would merely be personal preference.

Supplies

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Other
  • Sticky back canvas
  • Printer (optional)
  • Medium weight cardboard
  • Chipboard stars, letters J, U, L, Y and 4
  • Diamond plate embossing folder
  • Embossing machine
  • Washi or painter’s tape
  • Adhesive
  • Grommets/Eyelets (optional)

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Vibrant, Fun & Lovely!

Love Your Life – A Mixed Media Canvas
by Nadine Carlier

2016 Artist in Residence, Nadine Carlier, brings you this vibrant and stunning mixed media canvas. A perfect gift or addition to any home decor.