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Choose Happy Mixed Media Canvas

Choose Happy Mixed Media Canvas
Choose Happy Mixed Media Canvas
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Learn how to create a gorgeous mixed media canvas piece to serve as a statement piece for your living room or bedroom. Using various Therm O Web Mixed Media products by Rebekah Meier Designs, you can let your imagination run wild as you create this dreamy piece. Feel free to choose shapes and colors of your choosing to make this final piece completely your own. 

MaterialsMixed Media, Paint

Project or Page Size12 inches x 12 inches

Difficulty LevelEasy

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Canvas - you can use ​art canvas, a piece of wood or even a piece of chipboard
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
  • Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Paper 
  • Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Foam Sheets
  • Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foil in Antique Pearl
  • Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foil in Patina
  • Rebekah Meier Designs Art Tape
  • iCraft Mixed Media Liquid Adhesive
  • stencil
  • low tack tape
  • foam blending tool
  • Acrylic paint of your choosing
  • script or text stamp
  • pigment-based ink

Mixed Media Canvas

  1. Select a surface. ​You can use an art canvas, a piece of wood or even a piece of chipboard. 

  2. Position a stencil on the chipboard using a low tack tape and ink over it using Distress Oxide Ink.

  3. Use a foam blending tool to blend the colors. 

  4. Reposition the stencil to another location and repeat the ink application and blending process. 

  5. After the enter 12 x 10 surface is stenciled as desired, dip a paint brush in watered down white acrylic paint and flick the paint onto the surface.

Creating the Top Layer

  1. Begin by cutting a piece of chipboard to 6 x 8 inches and then cut a piece of Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Paper to the same size.

  2. Peel off the liner and adhere it to the top of the surface.

  3. Repeat the stenciling process. Because the art paper is white, it will make the colors a little more vibrant and help the focal point pop.

  4. Use a script or text stamp with a pigment-based ink to add some depth and interest.
    While any ink will work on the Art Paper, designer recommends using a pigment ink when stamping on top of water-based inks. A more distressed look can be achieved if you stamp without a stamping block and hold the stamp with your hands. To add a bit of texture mix a small amount of ink into white gesso. Apply the gesso over a stencil and allow to dry.

Creating the Focal Point

  1. Die cut some butterflies using Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Foam Sheets. 

  2. Peel off the top liner from the foam and place a piece of Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foil in Antique Pearl on top. 

  3. Gently burnish the foil onto the foam and peel off the transfer sheet to reveal the foiled butterflies. 

  4. Place the foiled butterflies into an embossing folder and run them through your die cut machine.

  5. Next, apply a small amount of metallic paint in a coordinating color to the butterflies using your finger to give it a more distressed look.

  6. You can repeat the foiling process on the outline butterfly die cut using Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foil in Patina.

  7. Peel off the liner and adhere this piece to the top layer. 

  8. Adhered the individual butterflies by either peeling off the back liner. To give them a more dimensional look, you can attach them using 3D Foam Squares.

Rebekah Meier Designs Art Tape

  1. The strips of metallic looking paper were created using the Rebekah Meier Designs Art Tape. Tear strips of tape to fit behind the top layer of chipboard. 

  2. Peel off the liner and place a piece of Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foil in Patina onto the tape. Use your finger to burnish the foil into the adhesive. 

  3. Next, position the strips in an embossing folder with the foiled side facing upward and run them through your die cut machine. Adhere the strips to the background using iCraft Mixed Media Liquid Adhesive.

To Finish

To complete your mixed media canvas, center and adhere the top layer to the chipboard canvas base using iCraft Mixed Media Liquid Adhesive. Your canvas is now finished and ready to decorate your home.

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