Spring Canvas

Happy Easter!!

I hope you can take a break form all the Easter chocolate and join me….or enjoy your chocolate as you you read along!

Before I show you what I’ve made I have to let you all in on a little secret….

After lots of consideration, and Lori asking me over and over and over (ok not really but I do enjoy teasing Lori), I have agreed to re-join the Design Team!!!

No this is NOT an April Fools joke!!  You will find me here sharing projects with you every second Sunday!

I really hope you’re as excited as I am to be back!

Ok let’s get on with the show right, that chocolate isn’t going to last forever!

As I worked on my canvas I took a few in progress photos to share and help show you some ways to create texture using some basic mixed media/art products.  I will apologize these in progress photos may not be the best quality as I used my phone to take them.


For my project I actually used a piece of pressed board rather than a canvas, it’s much sturdier when I know I’m adding heavy items.  First I primed it with white gesso.  I had a little left over on my mat so I pulled out the Mini North Star stencil and using a palette knife worked the gesso into the stencil.  Using the gesso created a subtle texture.

cc3063c8-46cb-4252-a996-66535300ef33Next I pulled out a script stencil and texture paste.  As you can see in the photo the texture paste is quite a bit thicker providing different levels of texture from the gesso.

img_2898Once the stenciled gesso & texture paste dried I added this fun frame, also primed with gesso.  Inside the frame I used some half beads & Finnibair Art Stones.  Once those were dry they were coated with gesso as well.

21130a44-e500-4ea0-9aa7-a2deaa7cfaeaFinally time to start adding color!  I used a few different brands of paint, one of which was Diana Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in Turquose.  Lori sells this brand in the store, and it’s fantastic.  I need more colors!

img_2911I felt my project needed more texture…yes in my world more texture is always good!!!  This time I grabbed some texture paste and mixed in the dark blue paint.  To create the texture I used a kitchen sponge to sponge it on, creating fun peaks!

Now at this point I was a little unsure, that dark blue is too much! Actually I like to lovingly refer to this as the ‘ugly phase’!

b4c6d823-3e46-440d-9234-fb9ddeff6d5fOnce the tinted paste was dry I used the same kitchen sponge and sponged on gesso, and bits of paint to brighten it up and use the dark blue as a shadow.

Finally my base was ready for finishing!


On the corners where I sponged the texture paste I wanted more contrast.  I used a brick stamp and antique gold embossing powder to achieve this look.  I also added some of the same embossing powder to the blue scallop piece using a grid style stamp.


I added some micro beads in gold, navy blue to both the Tim Holtz Wildflower die cuts and the Prima Flowers.  I also added a bit underneath in a few areas I thought needed some interest, along with gold mica flakes.


The cute little girl is from the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.  The final touch was using Finnabair Art Alchemy Wax in Bronze Age on the frame and around the edges of the canvas!  These waxes are so fun I just love them!  And Lori is ordering more, seems she can’t keep them in stock 😉

Thank you to everyone for joining me here today! I hope I’ve given you some different ideas how to use basic products on your projects!  It’s all about experimenting and having fun!

I will see you soon with something new to share!

0 thoughts on “Spring Canvas

  • Wahooo Lisa is back !!!  Love the canvas Lisa and all the step by steps and all the little details you added.

  • yahoo!!!  Lisa is back! ????  Canvas is beautiful & I love how you explain what/how you finished it.

  • Lisa, that is very exciting news.  So happy to see you back on the design team.   Your canvas is absolutely gorgeous!

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