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Under the sea Mixed Media scene

Under the sea Mixed Media scene

"Today I have created an underwater style scene, using the mixed media Rust-it and Buff-it pastes and paints by Pinflair Creative Crafts. By using different applicators and multiple coats and finishes you gain this sunken boat look and by adding some extra embellishments you can create this fun canvas project." - Tracey Collett

You will need:

  • A4 Kraft Card Stock - 357689
  • Brads
  • Buff it- colours of your choice - 383665
  • Rust It – Red & Patina - 325474
  • Glue Gel - 185105
  • Hearty Soft Air drying Paper Clay - 495261
  • Katy Sue Mermaid Tail Mould
  • Embellishments – Nautical themed
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brushes, Sponges, Stipplers – 448764 or 476356
  • Stencils – for texture if required
  • Canvas – 478934
  • Sentiment Stamp and Versafine Ink – Quote of choice

Time to Make: 5 Hours

Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Step-by-step:

  1. Take your desired size canvas and begin to paint your layers using Pinflair Creative Crafts Rust it Paint, with each coat you get another texture/tone. I painted the first coat with a wide brush, allow that to dry and then sponge on the second coat, allow to dry and then stipple or dab a third coat of Rust-it on to the canvas. I’ve used the terracotta colour but either of the colours available would work. The more layers you paint the more shades and layers you will get on your canvas.

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  2. Whilst your canvas paint layers are drying, you can make and source your embellishments, I had a Katy Sue Designs Mermaid tail mould which I purchased and thought it would work really well with this project, so using Hearty Air drying Soft clay in white, I have moulded the tail and allowed that to dry whilst I added more layers of paint to my canvas. Once it was dried out, I have then used the Buff-it pastes to add pearlised colours using a sponge, I have randomly added the 2 colours over the scales and tail. Allow this to dry fully before sticking it to your project.

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    The final coat of base layer paint I have used a washing up sponge and dabbed the paint for the final layer of texture, alternatively use a palette knife to add thick strokes of paint for a more striking texture finish.

  4. Whilst the last layer of paint dried I used a template to create a circular window to use as a porthole for on the canvas, I cut this out of kraft card and then added brads at equal intervals to create a more effective porthole look for a boat. I stencilled a pattern onto the canvas next to give some more texture using the other shade of Rust-it, once that was dry, I glued the window down using Glue Gel from Pinflair, once that was dry I went over the canvas again with the terracotta Rust-it to start to blend the features in. The final layer of rust effect is using the Verdigris Patina which I think really gives the feel of underwater rust, I have dabbed and smudged the patina on with another sponge and allowed that to dry.

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  5. Now the extra nautical items can be added that you have sourced or made, I had some Octopus plastic buttons which I thought worked well and also the artificial feather grass from Pinflair which I felt added the underwater plant feel to the project to, these items are all glued down with Pinflairs Glue gel. Before adding the mermaid tail we made earlier, I have stamped a sentiment from a Woodware Stamp set on to a scrap of Kraft card using Versafine Ink and stuck that down and then tucked the Mermaid tail on the side to finish the project. We now have ourselves an under the sea shipwreck canvas project.

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