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Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project

Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project

“Today I am bringing you a mixed media style project using an artist’s canvas, I had great fun creating different layers using a mixture of stamps, stencils, inks and mediums, so why not join in and have a dabble in the world of mixed media and make a wonderful piece of art for your home or a gift for someone special?” - Tracey Collett

You will need:

  • A4 Canvas Panels
  • Woodware Stencils – Trio Backgrounds and Birds ( both 6”x6”)
  • Woodware Stamps – Bird on a Branch, Old Paper Tag, Strokes & Words
  • Distress Inks –
    • Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Kit - 3
    • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad – Aged Mahogany
  • Distress Oxides –
    • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Dark Green (Forest Moss)
  • Woodware Blend-It Blending Tools and Pads Set
  • Tim Holtz Resist Texture Spray
  • Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
  • Lynda's Chapman's World of Paper Kraft Card 50 x A4 sheets 280gsm
  • Acrylic Blocks - Premier Craft Tools Acrylic Block Set
  • Fibres/cords and ribbon - Fantastic Ribbons Cottage Garden Collection
  • Mdf Embellishments -
    • Flowers
    • Moss

Time to Make: 3 Hours

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Step-by-step:

  1. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project To start with we are going to stencil the ‘trio’ stencil by Woodware direct on to the canvas using Distress ink Vintage Photo, I’ve used the blending tools and sponges for this. I started in the top right hand corner and inked one turn and then moved it down to repeat the pattern and then moved it either side of first impressions to create a full pattern all over the canvas. Allow this to dry before moving on to the next stage.
  2. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Once the stencilled ink is dry, take the Tim Holtz Resist spray and either spray over the canvas or take the top off and flick for larger splodges, Resist spray acts as a blocker so whatever is underneath the spray will stay the same colour or pattern as any inks added over the top will be resisted by the spray. This will take a little while to dry depending on how much you have used over the project. Once dried we can then move on to step 3.
  3. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Now the resist spray is dry we can start to add more layers, I have used Distress Ink Aged Mahogany and roughly stamped randomly over the edges of the canvas, the idea is that it isn’t a perfect print so don’t worry if bits get missed, next I took the Forest Moss Distress Oxide and distressed all over the canvas, the ink has been resisted in places by the spray and has covered over areas. Allow to dry in between each stage and then when the green ink is dry we are then going to take the ‘Bird’ stencil and using Aged Mahogany again we are stencilling with a bit more pressure this time and adding the 3 birds along the top and bottom of our canvas. Leave this to dry for a few hours.
  4. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Whilst the canvas is drying we can make a start on our embellishments which are extra focal layers we want to add to the piece, I have used the ‘Bird on a Branch’ collage stamp from Woodware again and stamped onto some Kraft card from Lynda Chapman’s World of Paper Range with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I then spritzed the card stock with water to create mottles on the image and then scrunched the cardstock this give it a more vintage feel, go around the torn edges of the topper with the ink to distress it further.

    Using the same cardstock I have stamped the ‘Old Paper Tag’ Stamp from Woodware and fussy cut around that, used a single hole punch to make an actual tag ready for the ribbon.
  5. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project I have taken some ribbon and used the Distress Ink Vintage photo to discolour the ribbon so that it matches the project, allow this to dry and the attach it to the tag.
  6. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Now our canvas base layers are dry we can start to construct the focal areas, I’ve tied some cross stitch cotton around the Bird on the branch panel and layered that on the canvas with the Old Paper Tag layer just underneath. I’ve layered a piece of polka ribbon on a diagonal along the canvas to add another layer of texture to our project which is what mixed media is really all about. To finish the project and to connect the layers, I have used some dried moss, a mdf key and some paper tea roses all adhered using Bookbinding glue from Pinflair. The final piece to the project is to stamp a sentiment which I have taken from the ‘Strokes and Words’ stamp set from Woodware, I’ve used ‘Be Kind even on your bad days’ again stamped on to kraft card this time using Versafine Ink.

    Now we are all finished and you have a Mixed Media Canvas to gift to someone or have in your own home.