Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

PM:Canvastutorial:You are loved

I’ve been working on a lot of projects…mostly for Frog Dog Studio, but today, I had a WHOLE day to create a canvas that I’ll use as an example in my upcoming Mixed Media Collage class.

The products used are below

18 X 24 stretched canvas

12 x 12 Diamond stencil

old book pages (torn)

White & Cream acrylic paint

Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso

Pinata black ink

Bubble wrap

Tim Holtz “burlap” stencil

The Crafter’s Workshop ledger stencil

Pan Pastels (Permanent red ex dark & black)

Black gelato

Pitt multi liner pen xs

Baby wipes

Canvas Tutorial

First, I covered the canvas with Gesso and used Matte Medium to adhere torn book pages.

Canvas Tutorial

Next, I added random “swipes” with Heavy Gesso using an old insurance card.

Canvas Tutorial

I applied the same heavy gesso to the diamond stencil using the same card. Build up the thickness to your liking by adding more gesso...it will take longer to dry the thicker you apply.

Once the gesso was dry, I added some black paint go random areas.

Below you can see where I squeezed it directly on top of the stenciled diamonds.

Canvas Tutorial

Canvas Tutorial

Next, I spread it out with a brush, then quickly wiped it off with a baby wipe, leaving traces of black

to the edges of the design.

See below.

Canvas Tutorial

Canvas Tutorial

Canvas Tutorial

I did the same black paint smear above, but spritzed on some water and tipped the canvas so that the paint dripped.

Canvas Tutorial

Later, added a bit of cream colored paint in this corner to better balance the color on the canvas.

Canvas Tutorial

I drew these circley swirls directly out of the bottle – Pinata black ink.  It flows so smoothly and is very “vibrant” even for the color black:)  I then took a wadded up piece of tissue paper (just happened to have it sitting next to me, so I grabbed it) and dabbed the wet ink…just wanted to “mess it up” a little.

Canvas Tutorial

I added some uniform black “dots”  by brushing black paint onto a piece of bubble wrap

Canvas Tutorial

Canvas Tutorial

I also added a few number stamps, the Tim Holtz burlap stencil and TCW Ledger stencil, using black acrylic paint.

I knew I wanted to write on the canvas in bold letters.  The busy background required them to be big and fat in order to stand out enough on a background with so many elements.

I used a large round brush (size 8) dipped in the Pinata ink to write the words “You are Loved”

I wanted to write more about WHO we are loved by…

So the small writing (Ephesians 1) is done with a Pitt multi liner xs pen

I added the heart last, loading up a small brush with the red Pan Pastel, then outlining with black using a Q-tip.

Canvas Tutorial

I filled in the heart with color by using my finger and the Q-tip.  After that, I used a baby wipe, rubbing in a circular motion to blend the color from the edge into the center.

Canvas Tutorial

Black Gelato finished off the edge of the canvas creating a border.

You cannot see the side of the canvas, but some of the book pages wrap around the sides as well as some of the lettering.

To show you some detail…

Canvas Tutorial

Canvas Tutorial

Canvas Tutorial

Canvas Tutorial

A Letter Journal to my Daughter

Hello fellow mixed media lovers, I am up today with a project highlighting both our

Frog Dog Studio February Kit, along with Sin City Stamps.

 I will also be featuring, Amazing Crafting Products Clear Cast Resin and Pan Pastels.

Sometimes I  create for the sake of creating…it’s an outlet, relaxing and satisfying…but often, I try to create projects that are lasting and with specific purpose…this project is the latter.

A Letter Journal to my Daughter:)

I started with this great Butterfly Mini Chipboard Journal from Sin City Stamps.  It came with 2 pieces of chipboard and several white pages (sturdy mixed media paper)  to go inside.

I covered the front and back of my journal (chipboard pieces) with black gesso, to allow a nice contrast for the Pan Pastels I would add.

I “inked up” the large Butterfly stamp from the set with Versa Ink from our kit, and pressed it onto the front piece.  Next, I used a small sponge applicator (our kit came with some of these) to brush on the Pan Pastel color.  I actually blended a white and blue to achieve a slightly lighter shade.

 Below, you can see how you can blend colors right in the “pots”, and when you are finished, simply wipe the colors with a clean applicator and your color is back to it’s true shade.

*To clean applicator simply rub a few times across a paper towel.  You will see the color stop coming off the applicator, and then you know its clean)

Above, you can see where I added more color on top for a bit of contrast.

I actually used a small dry paint brush for this, wiping the brush on a paper towel in between colors.

When you are finished adding color with the Pan Pastels, you can “set” the color with water, a fixative spray or even hairspray, to prevent the “chalk” from rubbing off.

Next I added some detail with a uni-ball signo pen in white. (flowers, butterflies, and sentiment)

AND…I used the Faber Castell White Gelato from our kit, to accent the journal’s outside edges.

 In order to make this piece more beautiful and durable, I added Amazing Clear Cast Resin.

Follow the products simple directions.  (Mix part A & B, stir and pour!)

I used a very small amount (about 1 tsp. of each part A & B) careful to stop slightly short of the very edge to prevent the Resin from flowing off the piece.

I used an old clean paint brush to spread the resin across the butterfly. After I was finished, I rinsed the brush in warm soapy water and in the morning my brush was good as new:)

I let the piece set overnight.

 I created the pages inside just like I did the cover. (minus the resin)

Versa mark, Stamp, Pan Pastel.

I blended the blue with a bit of white for a lighter shade like I did with the cover.

Once I created the background color, I wrote the “letter to my daughter” using a Scarlet Lime pen.

I added an extra large jump ring to hold the journal together, then added a charm, a key,

and a few pieces of ribbon.

 I just love this Butterfly Stamp set and Chipboard Journal from Sin City!  

They were perfect for this project.

The sentiment around the front cover is one that is very special to me…

“Wired into a creature who looks nothing like a Butterfly, 

is the complete identity of a Butterfly!”

(just like the lack luster caterpillar whose true identity is the miraculous Butterfly…so are we created for so much more!)


My dear daughter,                                                                                                                                                                            You were created with intent and a unique purpose that requires you to be like no other.  Be confident, not arrogant and be the best encourager of others so they can be lifted up to find their purpose too.  Be ok with failure because thats where you will learn life’s greatest lessons. (2 Cor 12:9) Be kind forgiving and compassionate, because nobody gains anything from being the opposite of these.  These fruits will not be in your life unless you are connected to the source.  Without it, you will be lacking in love, joy peace, patience kindness, goodness, self-control, gentleness and faithfulness.  Remember that secrets always have a cost and that honesty is always the best policy.  Be faithful, believing in something much bigger than yourself, because the world is not about you.  Be strong and courageous (Josh 1:9) because life is not easy and will require a strength beyond your limited power…but remember also, that all things are possible.  (Phil 4:13)  Be thankful because a thankful heart finds joy and contentment.  In our praise we find the presence of God, our Father.  Be honest and loyal speaking truth in love, standing firm through the best and the worst of times.  Honor and love God, be a true helpmate to your husband, train your children in the way they should go (Deut 6) and place your identity in Christ, for you are His heir because you are loved.

(the content of this journal was inspired by One Mother’s Inspirational Letter to her Child…
via ErinSchreyer.com)

 Hope you are inspired to create your own Letter Journal using some of these great products:

 Frog Dog Studio February KitSin City Stamps

Amazing Crafting Products Clear Cast Resin and Pan Pastels.

As always, it is a joy to share with you!



Are we too busy to actually “live in the present?”

Journal Page Tutorial

I just watched a movie called “About Time” with Rachel McAdams.  I liked it, up until the end…

and then I loved it:)

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The message: Living a  life without the need of a “do-over”  is possible, if we truly stop and appreciate each moment we have.  Each interaction, each snowflake, each raindrop, each kiss on the cheek or person in need…if we simply pay attention…stay present…not thinking of what lies behind or ahead…just now.

The Author Ann Voskamp puts it like this…

A Journal Page Tutorial

Below is a short tutorial:)


I used a white Gelato, “scribbling” and drawing loose shapes and then added blue and white Pan Pastel over the top.  The Gelato “pulls” the color of the Pan Pastel leaving those areas darker.

Below, I introduced more color using more Pan Pastels and then, using the white Gelato, filled in the circle stencil.  First, rub a bit in the center of each circle, then smear with your finger.

You’ll see further below that I later added Pan Pastel color over the Gelato, which highlighted the shapes and gave them dimension.



Below, I did the same process with another stencil of clocks.

It’s lovely how you can see the magnified view of my finger with red chalk deep in all it’s crevices:)



I “inked up” the Sin City Butterfly Stamp with Versa Mark, stamped on the project and again, rubbed Pan Pastel over the stamped image.  The Versa Mark also “pulls” the color of the pastels.



Below, I added a few random “patches” of translucent embossing paste.



Here’s what it looks like close up with color added over the top.


A few more details…



I recommend the movie and it’s sentiment.

Live present today!



Dr. Ph Bombay India Inks & Pan Pastels

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Dr Ph Martin’s India Inks & Pan Pastels
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Eyes are the Window to our Soul…

If you haven’t used these inks or Pan Pastels why not give them a try?  You can buy a set of inks at Hobby Lobby and use your 40% off coupon!  Pan Pastels are harder to find in a retail store.  I order mine from Dick Blick:)