Mixed Media Mini Canvas Tutorial

 A  mixed media tutorial with a lot of techniques on how to make a an eclectic piece of art with mini canvases.

Mini Canvas Mixed Media Tutorial(image)
Mini Canvas Mixed Media Tutorial

I just created this really easy art piece that I would like to share with you.

This can easily be made as a  gift for Valentine’s Day, a wedding or….just because you need a piece like this in your life. 😉

The inspiration for this came from a video I watched from Ranger Ink.
Here is the link so you can check out their version.
http://bit.ly/MixedMediaCanvas

What supplies do you need to make this?
Here is the list of what I used :

*Mini Canvases (these measure 2 3/4″ square)
*Tim Holtz ~ idea-ology~ Tissue Wrap
*Glue Stick
*Spray inks (assorted colors)
*Stencil
*Texture Paste
*Pearl Ex Pigments (my colors were Macropearl & Duo Blue-Green)
*Hot Glue Gun
*Hot Glue Sticks (Glitter)
*Texture Rubber Mat
*Paper Flowers
*Flat-back Pearls
*Metal Alphabets
*Glass Seed Beads
*Inka-Gold (copper & violet)
*Gloss Gel Medium
*Aleene’s Tacky Glue

If you want to adhere it to a background like I did, then you will also need a mat board as well.
~You can decorate this up with inks, paints, sprays, stamps, embossing powder, etc.

Lets start making it.

Step 1:

You don’t need to do anything to prepare your canvas.

Cut a section of tissue paper, 4″ x 4″ square. This will cover the canvas and be the background.

Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvas and a 4" x 4" square of Tissue Paper (image)
Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvas and a 4″ x 4″ square of Tissue Paper

Apply glue from your glue stick over the entire back of the tissue paper.

Place the tissue paper, centered, over the canvas and rub it out smooth.
Be sure there are no air bubbles trapped.

Smooth the edges of the tissue paper, down and over the sides of the canvas on all four sides.

Trim off access paper.

Apply a small amount of glue to the “dog ears” and fold them down. (See picture below ⇓)

Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvas covered with tissue paper (image)
Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvas covered with tissue paper
Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvas covered with tissue paper - edge (image)
Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvas covered with tissue paper – edge

Step 2:

Spray your canvas with spray inks.

I sprayed a lot and let it puddle and run.I like this effect but you can spray lightly and get a cool look that way as well.

I used 2 colors…red & purple

Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvas Sprayed with Spray Inks - Two Colors / Canvas (image)
Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvas Sprayed with Spray Inks – Two Colors / Canvas

This is the point where I realized how much I liked this look and decided to make three more.

Mini Canvas Tutorial: four Mini Canvases ready to be colored and decorated (image)
Mini Canvas Tutorial: four Mini Canvases ready to be colored and decorated

These will be colored as well.
*yellow & red
*purple & blue
*green & blue

Step 3:

When I laid my canvases down, tight together, I saw that my stencil fit perfectly over the them.

So, that’s how I chose to apply my texture paste, over the stencil, onto the canvas.

You can move your stencil around and highlight a few areas here and there.

I scooped out some Texture Paste onto a pallet and mixed some of the Pearl Ex (Macropearl) into it. This gave it some sparkle, and I LOVE sparkle !

Lay the stencil on top of the canvases and smeer the Texture Paste into all of the nooks and crannies.

Carefully lift the stencil off and set the canvases aside to completely dry.

Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases - Inked and Textured Paste applied (image)
Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases – Inked and Textured Paste applied

Step 4: 

Plug your Hot Glue Gun in and load it with a Glitter Glue Stick.

When it is hot and ready to go, squeeze a puddle out onto the corner of the canvas. You will work one canvas at a time.

While the plastic glue is still hot, lay the texture mat into it.
Don’t forget to bend the mat around the edges of the canvas to catch the glue that has run down the sides.

When the glue has cooled and hardened, slowly and carefully peel back the texture mat.

Dip your finger into some of the Pearl Ex (Macropearl) and rub it over top of the raised parts of the texture that you just created.

This will help it POP!

Repeat this for the remaining three canvases.

Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases - Glitter Hot Glue & Texture Mat (image)
Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases – Glitter Hot Glue & Texture Mat
Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases - Glitter Hot Glue Textured Corners (image)
Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases – Glitter Hot Glue Textured Corners
Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases - Glitter Hot Glue Textured Corners with Pearl Ex (image)
Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases – Glitter Hot Glue Textured Corners with Pearl Ex

While my fingers where in the Pearl Ex, I went ahead and grabbed the Pearl Ex  in Duo Blue-Green and rubbed this all along the edges of the canvas. 

I liked how this framed out each canvas on its own but they are all still connected with the lines of the stencil I used.

Step 5:

EMBELLISH!!!

I went through my stash and found some paper flowers, flat-back pearls and metal alphabets.

I liked how this looked on the canvas and with a bit of upgrading they will look AMAZING!

I rubbed Inka-Gold (violet) over the raised parts of the flowers and Inka-Gold (copper) along the edges of the metal alphabets.

Glued the flowers down on top of the textured hot glue corners and the silver flat-back pearls in the center of the flowers.

I wanted the alphabets to stand out from the canvas a bit, so I mixed pink & clear seed beads in a little jar with gloss gel medium. Then smeared that onto the centers of the canvas.

Place a dab of glue on the backs of the alphabets and laid them on top of the seed beads.

Mixed Media Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases - Finshed (image)
Mixed Media Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases – Finshed
Mixed Media Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases - Close-up View (image)
Mixed Media Mini Canvas Tutorial: Mini Canvases – Close-up View

That’s it!!
Project completed!!
Wasn’t that easy?

Ideas:
*Attach these to a mat board (as I did) and hang it as one piece. (See picture at top of post ⇑.)
* Leave them separated and hang them up individually.
*Take this idea and GO BIG!!! Make this on larger canvases. Wouldn’t these look amazing on a larger scale?

I hope you liked this project and find it simple to make.

If you make one for yourself, please share a picture. I would love to see what you made. Also, leave a comment below and tell me what you think.

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Thank you for dropping in.

Keep Creating,
Brandy

*I am not affiliated with any company, nor am I getting paid to promote any company’s product. My links are just to help you find products or companies that carry the tools that I use.

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