Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bliss - Mixed Media Canvas

I'm so happy to have had the chance to paint last night :D  Painting always does the soul good!   This is a 12x12 canvas and this is how I started out:

I really had no idea what I wanted to create when I began so I just started going through all my scraps of paper and started gluing them on.  Next I used an oil pastel crayon to scribble some shapes for a little resist action.

I gave the canvas a light wash of Unbleached Titanium and I wanted to use my Adirondack Metallic Gold dabber.  I've never used them before and when I tried to open it the whole top came off so I had globs of paint all over.  I decided to just use my fingers and put in on the canvas.  I also used a palette knife since there was so much all over the place.  I really like the textured I got from this :D

Still not sure of what I was doing, I turned to my go to color "blue" and created a border.

I washed over the center with Green Gold fluid acrylic but it was looking a little blah to me.....

 So, I brought in a punch of cobalt blue to brighten things up :D

Now for some definition, I added a border and outlined the star with India ink.

 At this point, it was looking a little dark so it was time to bring in some white.  I used a large bubble wrap and gesso.  I also brushed on some of the gesso to create a back drop for the title.

Here is the finished piece!!
The title "Bliss" is from K&Company, Brenda Walton Die-Cut Cardstock.  I spritzed it with Tattered Angels, glued it on, outlined with my Faber-Castell marker and white pen.  I also stamped some flourishes, drew in some stars and splattered white paint to finish it off.

 I added a Tim Holtz stamp that reads
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, Art is knowing which ones to keep". 
That's so true, don't you think!?

I hope you like my latest mixed media canvas as much as I do.  I really enjoyed making it and am so happy with the way it turned out.  Thank you for visiting me today! 
 I look forward to reading your comments :D

Take Care!!


  1. You absolutely amaze me with your work!

    I went to Michael's and picked up some acrylic paints. They're sitting here on my table mocking me. LOL

    1. Thanks Melissa, open those puppies up and put them to work!!

  2. This is AMAZING! I have never painted a day in my life but I want to now!

    1. Thank you Becky, you should give a try! It's so much fun :D

  3. Norma, you started with a vision and ended with a masterpiece! It is truly magnificent!!!
    Jessica S

  4. WOW, this is soooo cool! It looks like lots of fun to create too!

  5. You are so talented! Each step I thought it was gorgeous and it was done. And then you'd do something else & it would even look better! Fantastic job!

  6. Norma VERY cool! Thank you for sharing the process!

  7. Love how you showd the progression of this LO it came out awesome.

  8. Really fantastic technique. Love what you have created. Thanks for taking us through the process.

  9. WOW WOW WOW!! Love this, Norma! I bought canvases, paint, brushes, and a's still just sitting of these

  10. Oh wow, this is AMAZING, Norma!! I loved following your creative process and watching the progression!! Absolutely gorgeous!! :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. This turned out great!
    I keep meaning to try a canvas, but as with everything, I just haven't got around to it.
    It looks so freeing to make one.

  12. Great work- I just took a Mixed Media class a couple weekends ago! ...This is fantastic, very inspiring!

  13. Love it! just started dabbling with mixed media myself, so much fun! love getting messy!


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