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Monday, 12 March 2018

Mixed Media Canvas - Dream

Hello everyone
I am so very happy to share this special canvas with you all today. Its my very first mixed media canvas and after months of watching and learning, I never gathered enough courage to make a mixed media canvas until a few days back. I do not know what happened but it just felt like I was ready and it took me 3 days to make this.....
I was nervous all the time when I was building the layers and I took pictures to capture the entire process. Because this was my first time, I did not dare take a video....but next time I am going to do a video to capture the process. I was unsure about how this will look and whether it will turn out the way I wanted it to......but once I started spraying colors......I was confident and very happy with the end result.
  I have made this for my bestie who has stopped dreaming.....so I want her to look at this and know that "YOU DONT HAVE TO COMPROMISE YOUR DREAM TO MAKE ANYONE FEEL COMFORTABLE" and I strongly believe in this quote......as I always wanted to craft and a lot of people make me feel bad about it....but one day I saw this quote on internet and decided that I will work on my dream even if someone is not comfortable with it......Never looked back since then.
I am putting my project up at the following challenges:
  1. More Than Words - March 2018 Main Challenge - Comfortable and colour combo - I have used the color scheme and the word Comfortable on my canvas.
  2. Rhedds Creative spirit - March Challenge
  3. Mixed Media Place - February Challenge - Textures, teal shades and a new life - Butterfly is the inspiration I took from this moodboard.


I have used a lot of new products launched by Little Birdie crafts and in India it is retailed by Itsybitsy. I have used the newly launched Grainy Texture paste, Crystal Drops, Texture Sand, Soft Gel Mediums - Matt and Gloss and the faithful 2 in 1 Gesso and Modelling paste. Apart from all this, chipboard elements, buttons, bottle caps, burlap sheet, canvas and other embellishments are from the store. To adhere my most of the elements, I have used Monte Marte Gel medium Matt.
Here is the entire process with pictures...so sit back, grab a beverage and I hope you all enjoy.

  • I started with a A4 size canvas. I primed the entire surface with White gesso and dried it thoroughly. Then I started to adhere chipboard pieces cut to various sizes. That was my base layer.
  • Once, it dried I went ahead and added some more texture using background chipboard elements.
  • Then, I started to build my layers and textures using some burlap and kraft tags which I backed up on chipboard. Initially I wanted my design to go from top to bottom so I arranged the pieces as such. 
  • I then added more chipboard elements - Gears. I added gesso to all the gears before adhering as it has a lot of nooks and carnies I couldn't reach after gluing it to the canvas.
  • I came back with more elements like buttons, metal embellishments like name label holders and bottlecaps, resin frames, chipboard locks, keys, butterfly, mdf numbers, buttoms and a Title - DREAM.
  • I left this over night to dry and the next morning everything was all dry. I went ahead and added gesso to everything. I added 2 coats on a few pieces but mostly just 1. 
  • I quickly dried it and then went in again to add more texture using my grainy texture paste, texture sand and crystal drops mixed with microbeads in gel medium. I added this to my canvas in corners and bottle caps and any where I felt more texture was needed. I did not adhere the butterfly and dream to the canvas. I wanted to do that at the end. I added grainy texture paste to that all well. Once it dried, I gave eveything a final coat of Gesso and now my canvas was ready to be painted. If you look closely, you will see more texture in places.
  • At this point, thorough drying was necessary or the gesso will start mixing with the colors once we wet the canvas....so I let it dry for 3 to 4 hours to be safe and then started to add colors. The color palette used is Aubergine, Lilac, Turquoise and Teal with White. I used some cheap Camlin acrylic paints and I had only basic colors like red, blue, black and white. I mixed the colors to get the shades I wanted. I added a little water and then filled up spray bottles with my DIY colors.
  • I loved what I was seeing and I went ahead and completed the other half with more colors. 
  • I then, went ahead and highlighted all my textures by dry brushing white gesso. I took a white but I loved when everything came alive.... To add more interest, I highlighted very dimensional pieces by dry brushing White metallic paint...again a cheap one. I also added this to the butterfly  and the word dream. 
  • I added the missing lines from my quote and the canvas was done. 
 "YOU DONT HAVE TO COMPROMISE YOUR DREAM TO MAKE ANYONE FEEL COMFORTABLE"
Here are some closups of this project.



That's all from me guys, I hope you guys liked my project....Thank you for stopping by and have a nice day ahead.

36 comments:

  1. Stunning creation mukta.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting me Vidhu...happy to know you liked it.
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  2. Such a master piece, I loved it but I have a question you mention the colour name but which brand colour is this.. And why you don't use heat tool for drying... (just a random thought because you keep one night for drying...

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    1. Hello Mranalini
      thank you so much for stopping by.....glad you liked it too. The brand of the colors is mentioned below the colour names.....Camlin Acrylic paints. And for the second part...I did use heat tool to dry my gesso and other texture pastes...but its best air dry when not in hurry. Also gel mediums are best left for overnight drying and then when you use water and sprays....nothing will come off. When in hurry you can use heat tool...but I was in no rush and so I left it overnight to dry.
      Hope this answers your query...Hugs

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  3. Oh my gosh, spectacular!! Wow!! I can't believe this is your first mixed media canvas!! It's amazing!! The texture and colors are fabulous!! I loved seeing the pictures of how this came together, too!! Your friend will treasure it!! So incredibly stunning!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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      Thank you for stopping by. I surely hope loves it too.
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  4. This is truly gorgeous! You really did succeed at your first mixed media attempt! Stunning take on our challenge! Thank you for playing along with us at More Than Words!

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      I am so glad to put my project up at More than Words. I am happy to know you liked by project. Ty so much for stopping by.
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  5. Step by step is fantastic. So the final effect. Thank you for playing with us at Mixed Media Place.

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      Thank you so much for visiting me. So glad you like it too.
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  6. This is absolutely fabulous! I love the humble beginnings and how they transformed into a masterpiece of design! Hugs, Autumn

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      Thank you for stopping by. I surely hope loves it too.
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  7. This is so amazing! And this is your first mixed media canvas?? I'm sooo impressed! And waiting for more :) Hugs :*

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      Thank you for stopping by. I am so glad you love it.
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  8. Wow..if this is your first attempt I can't wait to see your next project. You have created a rather wonderful canvas here..I love it. I was nervous when I created my first mixed media canvas, so can relate to how you felt..but once you are in the zone, it just flows..fabulous.
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

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    1. Hey
      Thank you so much for visiting me Sandra. oh yes I was nervous all the time...but seeing the amazing response I am getting...next time I will be a little more confident.
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  9. It's breathtaking. there are many beautiful details and I like it. Thank you for joining us at the More Than Words

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      Thank you so much for visiting me. So glad you like it too.
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  10. Wow! This is so gorgeous! I love the way you've created depth and texture. So glad you could join us at More Than Words.

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      Thank you so much for visiting me. So glad you like it too.
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  11. Beautiful project! Thank you for joining us at Mixed Media Place challenge!

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      Thank you so much for visiting me. So glad you like it too.
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  12. What patience!The textures and colours are lovely. Thank you for sharing with Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge.

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      Thank you so much for visiting me. So glad you like it too.
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  14. Very beautiful and interesting project! Thank you for joining us at MMP challenge!

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  15. Such a gorgeous piece of art. No need to be nervous, you did awesome work. So glad you had the courage to do this. Keep up creating, you got this. ❤❤ Thank you so much for playing along with us at More than Words this month

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  16. Mukta, this is fabulous! The layering, the colors and the textures! The final outcome is stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month, Good Luck. Rupa.

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  17. Congrats on your fist canvas!! It's stunning!! I enjoyed how you shared the process with us! I also like how you used the word comfortable on your piece! A true piece of art I am sure your friend will love! All the best from MTW! :)

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  18. Big congrats to your amazing first canvas !! and what a canvas it`s a real master piece of ART !! I am in love with your stunning layering and coloring !! just wow !! Thank you so much for joining us at MTW !! Have a beautiful Easter !! xoxo Heike

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