Thursday, 30 January 2014

A moment of madness..... my first mixed media canvas!

Hi! how are you doing! are you having a good crafty week?

This week I'm having  highs and lows.... last night I sat down at my desk, 5 hours passed.... and decided to go to bed as the card I had started to make wasn't coming together as I really wanted....But the previous night was totally different!  I've had in my mind for a while that I wanted to try to work with canvas and mixed media... so two weeks ago I bought a canvas. The other night I decided to create something (I had no plans for it, I just knew I wanted something different, that I've never made before). When I finished, after hours of glueing, painting, varnishing, sticking things, I had made a cute little canvas for Alaia!

I started glueing scrap pieces of paper to the canvas. Lots of PVA glue all over! once dry, I added some Americana Matte varnish to make it waterproof.
And then I went crazy with paint! I started with pink acrylic paint, which I brushed all over the place. Then, with a bit of water and a tissue, I removed most of the paint, but it left a really nice hint of pink all around the papers. then I started with blue and purples around the edges. And more varnish....  

I printed this Saturated Canary image called "Honey" and coloured it with my Promarkers.

I used: 
for the hair: cocoa, burnt sienna, raw sienna, sandstone and buttercup.
for the skin: vanilla and almond.
for T-shirt: Pink Carnation, Blossom, Pink Mittens and blender pen.
For skirt and boots: cornflower, powder blue and blender pen.
for tights: buttercup, mustard, blossom and pink mittens.
For bunny: raw sienna, sandstone and buttercup.

I made little dots with Versamark pen, and spinkled white embossing powder around the image.

The Sentiments are rub-ons I've had in my stash for a very long time.

On the bottom right corner I used some clay (I don't have any modelling paste or gesso, in my wish list at the moment!) and embossed some butterflies with an embossing folder. I painted on top with acrylic paint.

I also used some wooden hearts and butterflies I had in my stash. I painted them with acrylic paint as they had a red polka dot pattern.

More embellishments used:

3 kinds of washi tape from local shop.
1 lace sticker
buttons and rhinestones from local shop.
lace netting under the flowers from Hobbycraft.
Lace ribbon and flowers from Wild Orchid crafts.
The charms and beads I bought them online a long time ago (don't remember where from, sorry)

The "Dream" ticket and the pin holding it are from Tim Holtz.

More Pictures....

Alaia loved it, that's important! .... it's like a encouraging little 8 x 8 canvas for her to keep, when she grows she will understand the message I guess.....

       I really hope you like my first try at Mixed Media!!!!!

I'm entering it into the following challenges:
Hanna and Friends #189 - Hearts

Thank you so much for taking a look. please leave a comment with some feedback. I read every and single message from all you. sorry I can't answer all of them (no enought time a day!!!) but if you have any questions, I'll answer them.
And don't forget to follow! :)

Until next time!


  1. Beautiful card! LOVE all your embellishments and the image is super fun! Thanks so much for sharing with us over at HIMCR this week!!!

    Emily - Mollie's Motif

  2. What a sweetie, thank you for joining us over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday, we would love you to come and join us again next week for another fab challenge...
    Suzy B DT

  3. Very pretty! Love all the colors and details. Thanks for joining us at Glitter N Sparkle.

  4. Love all the special little details, such a lovely personal canvas for your daughter x

    1. Thank you Victoria! she's very happy with it!

  5. Fantastic canvas, Mirella! Love all the mixed media, that sweet SC image and all those wonderful details!
    Thanks for joining in with our Anything Goes challenge this week at Passion for Promarkers! Lisa x

  6. Wow you are soooooo clever! How beautiful xxx

    1. Thanks Emma!!!! I love how it ended up, to be my first... no rules! just creativity!

  7. This looks great. Love all the different elements you've added. Thanks for playing along at Loves Rubberstamps.


  8. This is wonderful! I like all the embellies, and the image is adorable.
    Thanks for playing with us this week at TTCRD.

  9. Wow, beautiful, so lovely Details.
    I can see, that's many work. Thanks for sharing at Hanna and Friends Challenge.
    Lovely Greetings Sandra (GDT)

  10. Wow! you ceertainly have made a beautiful altered canvas, amazingingly crafted. thanks for joining us at Fan-Tastic Tuesday this week

  11. Oh fantastic, I love the pink and blue colour combo

    Thank you so much for leaving a lovely comment on my blog

    Happy Friday!


    Bridie@BGPayne Crafts

  12. This is great! Especially for your first attempt! Thanks for joining us at TTCRD, hope to see you again in our next challenge! - XX Cara

  13. Hello Mirella!

    Wow, what a stunning work!!!
    Your mixed - media canvas is absolutely great, I'm sure your little daughter will LOVE it!
    So much work and so much details, can't get my eyes of it!!

    And thank you so much for your lovely comment!!
    By the way, the little kitten was a free digi-stamp from "Motivet", I totally forgot to mention it on my posting...!


  14. Beautiful project! Looks like you are an old pro at mixed media! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us at Loves Rubber Stamps Challenges and look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations again soon. Have a beautiful week! Laura

  15. Wow so stunning Mirella.Lots of beautiful details and i love your pretty colours and gorgeous sc image.
    Thanks for joining in my theme this week at PFP :D

    xx coops xx

  16. Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at the house of 613 Ave Create challenge.

  17. Stunning . .. just stunning!!! So many beautiful details . . . I see something new each time I look at it again. Thanks for sharing and thanks for joining us over at Hiding In My Craft Room this week . . . hope to see you join us again next week. :)

    Kathy HIMCR DT

  18. adorable, Thanks for joining on the fun on our use Lace Challenge at Loves Rubber Stamps, I loved your project super cute! I hope to see more of your amazing creations in future chalenges! Hugs Larelle-Susanne DT

  19. such a pretty card
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday

  20. Lovely card ,great image, thank you for joining us at The Squirrel and the Fox with our Embellishment challenge Hugs Tania (DT)xx

  21. Wow this is stunning, thank you for joining us at Crafters Cafe
    Alex x

  22. That's a great project. Thanks for joining us at Hanna & Friends.
    Hugs, Susanne.

  23. Your card is really sweet! Thanks for joining us at hanna & friends!

    Hugs Jasmin


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