Fall Harvest Flower Mixed Media Tutorial

Mixed media canvases has become one of my favorite ways to decorate for holidays and seasons.  You can add so much of yourself to the canvas, whether it’s items you already have, special items that have a meaning or your favorite colors.  This fall season I’ve been creating canvases that have rich, deep tones.  Today I want to share with you the process I go through for an original piece.

 This canvas is a 8″ x 8″ deep edge gallery wrapped .  The first layer I’m applying for my background is strips of pages from an old dictionary I had.  I used gel medium or Mod Podge to adhere them.

These are the paint colors I used from Craft Smart acrylic paints.
    
I love Tim Holtz products and I use them often; Distress Stain ink, Ranger Archival Ink, and many of his stamps.
    
But, my favorite thing to do is use unusual or unexpected items to create shapes, textures and apply color.  Bubble wrap and this little tube make great circles of paints.


After completing the background.  I start applying the petals cut from pieces of scrapbook paper I had left over from other projects.
Add some burlap for the center of the flower and some buttons.
Final touch is outlining the petals with charcoal pencil to give them dimension and seal it with a final layer of gel medium.
What do you think of my Fall Harvest Flower?  This original piece is available now in my Etsy shop.
Blessings,


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11 thoughts on “Fall Harvest Flower Mixed Media Tutorial

  1. Cathy says:

    Carmen, this is really quite pretty – I also love all of Tim Holtz’s products. Love that you have used so many different mediums to make this.. Cathy

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