Mixed Media Canvas Tiles . . .

Wish me luck ladies & gents, my first go with the new WordPress posting format, and I accidentally took a tissue slicer to my middle finger a couple of days ago so I’m using the “hunt & peck” method of typing today!

As per my “Sneak Peek” post a few months ago, I have been having a ball with mixed media and it has been a huge distraction from all sorts of things, blogs, chores, etc, etc.

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One of the projects I remembered to take photos of along the way, was these canvas tiles. They’re a bit like canvas pulled over a solid something-or-other, rather than stretched over a frame – which makes stamping & stencilling a whole lot easier.

Firstly, pick three colours of Dylusions sprays, and spray the tiles.

I started off with three colours of Dylusions sprays, and sprayed the tiles.

Smush some modelling paste through the vine on the stencil, so that it climbs through all three tiles.

Then I smushed some modelling paste through the vine on the stencil, so that it climbs through all three tiles.

Once the modelling paste is dry, take to it with a Pitt Artist Pen . . .

Once the modelling paste was dry, I took to it with a Pitt Artist Pen . . .

We might just come back to the vine a bit later . . .

I might just come back to the vine a bit later . . .

Time to start layering some background material, I started with torn book page pieces, then rub some Gesso through punchinella. Background layering

Time to start layering some background material, I started with (pre-stained) torn book page pieces, then rubbed some Gesso through punchinella.

Stipple some gesso through random bits of stencils. Background layering

Then I stippled some gesso through random bits of stencils.

Time to bust out the stamps.

Time to bust out the stamps.

Did you know that you can colour stamps with Pitt Artist Pens & stamp any colour you have? Background layering

Did you know that you can colour stamps with Pitt Artist Pens & stamp any colour you have?

Once you're happy with the results, time to add the quote.

I rather like that as a background. Time to add the quote.

I found these foam letters (and numbers) at a reject store (similar to a Dollar Store I think?)

I found these foam letters (and numbers) at a reject store (similar to a Dollar Store I think?)

Find the appropriate letters for your quote (and don't forget to spell check!)

A fair few of the letters were pretty misshapen but I managed to dig out enough reasonably shaped letters to form my quote.

I played around for quite a while with the placement.  Variation on placement

I played around for quite a while with the placement.

Then I decided to tone the colours of the foam letters down a bit with gesso.

Then I decided to tone the colours of the foam letters down a bit with gesso.

And once more, the finished product.

And once more, the finished product.

I forgot to mention that I attached the letters to the tiles with a liberal application of gel medium, both underneath and over the top of the letters. You do need to be a bit careful with the application of the gel medium as it will re-moisten the Dylusions inks and you can smear them around if you move the gel medium too much – however as long as you use Stazon or any other type of permanent ink (including Pitt Pens) you shouldn’t mess your stamping up.

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