This month I am sharing a
Salvaged Recycled mixed media canvas. Recycled? Yes, because it is from a class that I taught.
When I teach certain technique classes, I make samples: I use one canvas to demonstrate different techniques. I am not creating a canvas, just using the canvas to demonstrate different things. I come home with a canvas, covered in whatever, and put it in a box in the hopes that SOMEDAY I will do something with it. TODAY IS THE DAY for this sad little canvas!
As you can see, it started out with many layers of paint, tissue paper, cardboard, texture paste, and it’s primarily yellow and red. Ick.
Earth Safe Finishes Chalk It Up, Milk Chocolate
Earth Safe Finishes Iridescents by Ann Butler, Orchid
Earth Safe Finishes Texture Paste
Earth Safe Finishes Gesso
Envirotex Lite pour-on High Gloss Finish resin
Clearsnap Ann Butler Art Screen, Lattice
DecoArt Media Mister, Yellow Green
Thermo web glue runner
Maya Road embellishments
How did I do it?
I want to tone down the colour and add some tooth to surfaces that might be shiny. So first, cover the surface with Milk Chocolate paint and let dry. Chalk It Up paint dries VERY quickly ( yay), so you don’t have to wait long.
Cover most of the surface with gesso, including the sides of the canvas. Let it dry.
Place the art screen down and spray with Yellow Green Mister. Let it dry.
Mix up a small amount of texture paste and orchid Iridescents and apply over a small portion of the Art Screen. Also paint the wood button with the Orchid.
Once everything is completely dry, mix up 20 cc of the Envirotex Lite ( 10 + 10) and spread it over the canvas. I then placed the pink resin flower and ruler piece right into the wet resin. Let dry.
To finish, I added the remaining embellishments with the glue runner. I LOVE how you can see through the crystal petals 🙂
What is lurking in your closet/cupboard/on a shelf that you can breathe new life into?