Spring Collage Canvas Tutorial

Spring time is here and flowers are blooming!  Time to create a collage with some pretty paper, colors and a little bit of lace.

For this project I gathered some vintage inspired floral scrapbook paper, DecoArt Americana acrylic paints and DecouPage.  I prefer to use the DecouPage instead of gel medium because of the cost (gel medium is more expensive) and the DecoArt sealant comes in a variety of finishes.  Today I’m using a matte finish.
 The paper I’m using has a sheet with letters on it.  So, I cut out the letters for Spring.  The other sheets I tore by hand.  I prefer the torn look in collages instead of the jagged lines of cutting.
 Apply the pieces to the canvas, spreading sealant on canvas first and then on top of the paper.  Over lap your pieces.
 For this piece, I’m not worried about covering the sides completely because I plan on using paint for the next layer.

 Here I used American colors Raw Umber on the sides and where the paper pieces meet to give it a distressed and vintage look.  Then I added Green Mist in the center to tone down the center.  I used a makeup sponge to apply these paints and if I felt I had too much, I used a baby wipe to take some off.
 Pulled out my favorite mixed media tool, bubble wrap! and added some Baby Blue paint to the top portion for a sky effect.
 I started laying out the next layer.  I had cut some different size circles from scraps of paper to use for the flowers, and some trims.
 Add these pieces with the DecouPage also.  It works great on the trims.
 These small cling stamps from Paper Wings Productions were perfect for this size canvas.
 After looking at the stem trim, I thought it was too bright, so I painted some of the Green Mist over it and added some leaves.  The flower circles and banner were detailed with paint around the edges to add some dimension.
 I used a Sharpie Ultra Fine Point to add detail to the flowers.
This is an easy collage to do and combining the right papers, paint and trims, you can get a wonderful vintage inspired collage canvas.
Hope you enjoyed it!

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4 thoughts on “Spring Collage Canvas Tutorial

  1. ~Rasz~ says:

    Hi Carmen! This is an AWESOME painting! Thank you for showing your process. I love to see how other artists create and it always inspires me to go make something…anything 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend, Rasz

  2. Annabelle says:

    Lovely work Carmen.I like the use of the rick rack for the flower stems and the lace.
    The little tweedy birds are adorably sweet in their twiggy legs, love them! to bits!
    Thanks for the tutorial, always love to learn something new.
    Annabelle : )

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