I was inspired by a photo I found on Pinterest to create a mixed media canvas. I really like this form of crafting as it allows me to be imperfect, something at which I excel!
The canvas was purchased at a yard sale and had already been painted orange. I already knew it would give me a perfect background with no prep necessary.
The next step was planning and arranging bits of paper for the background. I made a mistake and listened to the internet instead of to my past experience. I used a different medium to “glue” my papers to the canvas and I was NOT happy with how it turned out. Lesson learned. Only use ModPodge from now on. But, the paper was on and had to be used so I worked around the things I didn’t like and incorporated them into the design.
I then decided to paint over the papers to mute them somewhat. See all that bubbling up? Mod Podge, people. That is what you need. Learn from my mistake!
Adding some detail to the background here.
I then glued down the “houses” at the bottom of the canvas – and apparently took NO photos of this process! After the house shapes were attached, I did some more painting and detailing around and on the houses.
Metallic paint accents were added here and there to give a little more depth. The houses were outlined with thick markers to make them stand out a bit more. And then, this happened.
I dropped the bottle of paint on my tile floor. We now have some orange grout. Oops. And, of course, it was the BRAND NEW bottle I just bought last week! Oh well. Things happen.
I had some wooden accent pieces to add. The large bird was plain wood. I painted him a beautiful bright red. On the small word phrases, I simply added glossy accents to make them shine; except for “Be You!” – that one I painted in the same red as the large bird.
After adding a coat of varnish, I glued some braided trim around the edge of the painting.
And here it is, all finished.
I like how the papers glued into the background show through just enough.