Saturday, March 23, 2013


I have been watching video's on You tube of different people doing mixed media canvas's. One persons video's really stood out to me, Leanne Luvleescrappin on you tube. I really like the stuff she does and thought I would give it a try.
First I applied Gesso to my canvas. I added my pictures (one of my daughters senior pictures and then I thought it would be fun to add one of my senior pictures.) Yes that is me 36 years ago, Wow! Where has the time gone? When we went for my daughters senior pictures, I thought it was funny that they took her picture by some trees, I told her that when I had mine taken (many moons ago)  I also had one by a tree.
Next I added some lace, and then I started with modeling paste. I used some dylusions stencils and some plastic mesh and applied the paste. Next I added some of Tim Holtz Alpha Parts for my title. The family plaque was something I had picked up at Michael's along time ago. Next I added some flowers from I am Roses and some Prima flowers. I added a hinge, some Tim Holtz items, locket keys, ornate plate ( with a saying I printed off my computer) some pen nibs and a few other misc. metal items.
I then took the Gesso and went over the whole thing. As you can see by the pictures, I think I got carried away with the Gesso on the flowers. They were way to stiff and after I started spraying I decided I didn't like them so I cut them off the canvas.
Next I started spraying different Glimmer Mists, by tattered Angels. I wasn't liking the looks of my canvas at all, but it got better the more I played around.
After I got a color I was somewhat happy with, I added my I am roses flowers and leaves that I had misted with the Glimmer Mist. I liked them better this time without the Gesso making them stiff.
Still not quite satisfied, I took some different distress inks and went over my letters. I also put some Vintage Photo re-inker and added water in a spray bottle and spritzed it more. Lastly I added the Tim Holtz clock face and hands on top of a piece of cork I had in my stash.
I found it very difficult to get good pictures of this, this is the best I could do.

The canvas is not quite what I had pictured, but I guess for my first try it is ok. What do you think, what does it need? Leave me a comment and make my day! Shari


  1. Beautiful job Shari! I haven't done one yet but I'm sure enjoying seeing what others are doing. Love the colors.

  2. Oh, Shari, it looks terrific!!! After all you went through on your first try it really turned out stunning! I love all the elements you used and they blend and come together so well! It doesn't need anything else but the love it's going to get!

    Hugs, my friend!

  3. Shari, this is great for a first try! What about trying to ink the edges of the canvas? Think that would frame it. I like the colors but if you are unhappy you could try some distress inks over the top. Keep it up! I am also starting to dabble in mixed media. I hope to have something up on my blog soon. Hope you will come check it out.

  4. Good morning,
    Mixed media can be hard. I have only done one canvas but I had a lot of fun doing it and will do another sometime soon. I really liked yours and the way the clock is in the roses. Very sweet. I found that if you keep adding colour and playing in the end you get something you want. Keep up the good work. I hope you didn't throw out the gesso flowers...I think you could use these on another mixed media piece. Thank you for sharing. Awesome Work!

  5. This canvas is great! Turned out wonderful! I love the colors..and the textures are great!

  6. Shari!

    Very cool canvas. Your first attempt? Wow! I love it! AMAZING DETAIL! You Rocked it!

    Hugs to ya!


  7. That is gorgeous! I love the use of the gesso!


  8. Shari...this is such a lovely lovely piece! It is even gorgeous all white...but I love the colors you used to create such a beautiful keepsake. Your design is awesome. I also wanted to thank you for your nice comment you left on my blog about my steampunk tag! It's much appreciated. <3 Candy

  9. This is AMAZING! I love that you were not going to give up doing this canvas. . . your work of art has encouraged me to try doing a mixed media canvas also!

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