Friday, August 24, 2012

Little Bird - Mixed Media Canvas

I finally finished the 9x12 canvas that I showed you last week.  This one had me stumped for a minute but I love the way it turned out.  I have to warn you, this is a photo heavy post.  There are just so many layers to this canvas and I wanted to show you all the little details:

Let's get started on this canvas, shall we!

I started by mixing up blue, yellow and white acrylic paints and applying layers of color until I had a shade I liked.  I used Martha Stewart stencils for the dotted circles and Moroccan designs.  I adhered the clouds I had on my workspace from my last project (trying to use up my scraps).

Next I applied a lilac wash over the entire canvas and added the bird stencil.

I added some scraps of patterned paper on the left and went over the Moroccan design to bring it back out and create a border.

This is where I left off on Sunday.  I hand cut the flowers from a book and randomly stamped some PWP script.  I also added a flower diecut that I colored with my oil pastels.

This is how I finished it out last night.  I really wanted to enter this into Frilly and Funkie's challenge: Get Crafty With Canvas so I used a lot of canvas on this one but I ended up missing the deadline.  

I used Spellbinders to cut my circles, embossed them with script and distressed them with TH inks.  I also sprayed the smaller ones with Dylusions Ink.  The sentiment and bird I used are from PWP Bird Melange stamp set.  I used Stazon and stamped them on canvas.

The beautiful orange flowers are from Paper Studio and my stash.

This is a new kind of element for me that I'm really excited about.  I was really inspired by the Industrial Chic mixed media jewelry elements I saw at Micheals so I've been buying all kinds of beads and charms to make my own.  This is the first tassel I've made and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out :D

I tucked in some cardboard and canvas.

More canvas tucked in on top and a little  washi tape too

I really love the way all these elements work together.  I hope I've inspired you to mixed your media on your next creation.  Well I've gotta take my youngest to get some new glasses today so I'm off to get than done.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and be sure to let me know what you think :D

Have a wonderful, beautiful and creative day!!!

I entered this project in the following challenges:

DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge - Use a Flower.

Belli Challenge #150 - Winged Things

The Poodles Parlour - Winged Things

Berry71bleu's August Challenge - Wings


  1. WOW WOW WOW Norma!! This is gorgeous!! All the beautiful details and embellishments are AWESOME!!! I would totally LOVE to hang this up in my crafty space!!
    TFS and have a GREAT weekend!!

  2. oh wow- so many layers and they all are so awesome!! super job!

  3. WOW, Norma, this is fabulous!! I love all the layers and gorgeous embellishments you used!! It's such a shame you missed the deadline...this would have been a winner!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Wowza! Another beautiful canvas!!!

  5. Norma, this is stunning!!!!! Awesome work!

  6. Big score Norma, what a deal on the stamps and canvas. I love your art and how you layer your pieces :)

  7. Oh my gosh Norma! This is amazing :o) I love it! Have a great weekend! Hugs ~ Schell

  8. Fabulous creation Norma - its just amazing. Where do you you get your inspiration from - would love to get inside you mind:-) TFS

  9. wow, you are super may enjoy the challenges at The Frilly & Funkie Challenge Bog, join us for the fun

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    enjoy *~*

  10. You are extremely talented. It's beautiful.

  11. Thank you so much everyone!! I'm so glad you liked it as much as I do :D

  12., Norma this is completely amazing - absolutely love ALL of it!

  13. Oh my goodness this is stunning.
    I love all the layers and textures.
    A mixed media piece is on my to do list :)

  14. This is so beautiful I just love the colors and all the elements how fun to get all painty. You have me inspired to want to paint.
    Thank you for joining DL.ART Thankful Thursday challenge(Flower)
    CCR DT Member
    DIANA L.

  15. Way cool!!!!! You have done a great job on this!! Love it! Thanks for sharing it with us at B71B!!!

  16. WOW stunning canvas Norma.. love all the mixed media techniques!! Thanks so much for sharing with ust B71B :))

  17. Fantastic work! Love seeing it progress - and the final result - WOW!!!

  18. Beautiful creation thanks for playing along with us at poodles
    Jacki xx

  19. very pretty project, thanks for playing with Berry 71 Bleu!

  20. Oh wow, I don't even know what to say about these---all of your cards rae just incredible! Such pretty colors, and all the details are amazing!!


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