I am a member of a lovely little group on Facebook called Mini Marvels, where we share inspiration on a small scale (anything under around 5 inches!) Our lovely ‘leader’ has been prompting us for the last 7 weeks in a fun challenge to create one or more mini Christmas canvasses. Here are the steps I took to reach my completed ATC sized canvas boards:
1. Decide on your canvas, any size, or several. Add a first layer of gesso before adding one complete layer of paint, one colour only. This will be your dominant colour so choose carefully. Remember it is a Christmas canvas, so you might choose bright reds, oranges, etc. or more subtle colours like silver or blues.
2. Use Christmas themed stencil/s to add acrylic medium to parts of your canvas, e.g. Moulding paste, grunge paste, sand paste, 3D gloss/Matt medium, heavy gesso, crackle paste, pumice, tar gel, etc. you may add colour to the texture paste first if you want to.
3. Use either the top thin layer of a Christmas serviette, tissue stock, music or book page, collage ephemera, or an image cut from a magazine and add to parts of the canvas.
4. Add two analogous colours in any media (crayons, inks, paints, bleeding art tissue, papers, gelatos etc) to your canvas. Mainly they need to be in the same colour family.
5) Introduce ONE colour which is a complete contrast to your dominant (first) colour and use it sparingly in at least three places across your canvas. This can be in any medium e.g. paint, inks, crayons, gel pens, alcohol markers, papers, stamped words etc.
6) Add your main, Christmas themed, focal image to your canvas. This can be hand-drawn, a collaged paper image, one taken from a magazine, image from commercial paper, stamped image or digital download. Blend it in with your background using crayons, gelatos, paint, stamped images or mark making.
7) If you haven’t already done so, add text to your canvas which supports your main image. Add doodles/marks in appropriate places. Embellish the overall image with sequins, buttons, ribbon, gems, die-cuts, wooden, paper or metal ephemera etc. Essentially, add finishing touches!
This was a fun process, with each stage only taking a few minutes each week. A really good strategy for creating a mixed media project in no time at all!!