Friday 27 January 2017

Canvas Board

Hi it's Brenda here again today.

I am using one of my most loved canvas boards which is 5 x 7 ins in size. I have made a fairly simple textured background and then take bits from my 'left overs' box to die-cut the dapper man and create a card.

I began by taking a palette knife and mixing DecoArt modeling paste and white gesso together in about a 50:50 mix and then roughly spread it over the surface leaving some of the canvas board exposed and left it to dry.

Choose three colours that will tone and blend together well and not create 'mud', ie 3 warm colours, 3 cool colours or take one colour and make a tint and a shade of it to go with the original.
(In color theory, a tint is the mixture of a color with white, which increases lightness, and a shade is the mixture of a color with black, which reduces lightness. A tone is produced either by the mixture of a color with gray, or by both tinting and shading).

Take blue-green light media fluid acrylic paint, mix with water to create a very watery wash and dip the board in and dry it.

Repeat the above step with burnt umber.

Take blue-green light, mix with titanium white and drip the paint through the canvas, spritzing with water and heat drying when you are happy with it. Repeat with burnt umber mixed with titan buff.

Blend over evergreen bough distress ink, flick with water and roll dry with kitchen paper.

Repeat with vintage photo and again with evergreen bough to get depth of colours.
Give a coat of ultra matte varnish to seal the distress inks. Be very light with the brush otherwise the varnish will move the distress inks around.

Rub a coffee archival ink pad around the edges and over the high points.

Then choose the elements you want to add to make a mixed media piece of art or you could add an easel and give it as a card.

I love mixed media backgrounds, hope you like this one.

Have a great weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx


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  2. An amazing project ! I so love the colors and texture on it!

  3. Wow - less is certainly more! This is wonderful Brenda. Thank-you for step x step and to be honest I didn't fully understand those tint, shade and tone definitions so good to know! Nicola x

  4. fantastic outcome Brenda xx Love the textured background xx like Nicola it was great to find out about tint, shade and tone.
    TFS and best wishes
    Annie xx

  5. I just knew this canvas would be wonderful Brenda. Loved the step by step too. Hugs Rita xxx

  6. Fabulous! The background alone is gorgeous! Chrisx