Take the Challenge with Mou, August 2014
Full Bloom Chalkboard by Tonya Gibbs

Let Your Dreams Take Flight


Hello everyone.  Terri here.  I have a fun mixed media canvas project for you today.  There are lots of pictures so you might want to grab a cup of tea!

Let me show you what we are making today.

I began with an 8 x 10 canvas that was prepped with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gesso.  I covered the entire canvas with Acqua Dolce Gelatos®.  Next I randomly cut leaf shapes from a patterned paper.  These leaves were added to the top of the canvas using Gel Medium.  Once I had a good layer of leaves on, I covered them with music tissue paper again using Gel Medium.



I added more leaves on top of this layer to add some dimension.  Once the Gel Medium was dry, add a light coat of Gesso.  The photo below also shows that I added some Blueberry Gelatos® at the bottom to brighten the color.


Now, time for the color!  Add Pistachio Gelatos® and Green Tea and Butterscotch Gelatos® Double Scoop® randomly over the leaves.  Some of the Gelato will stick around the edges of the leaf shapes and that will give some dimension.  Use a baby wipe to spread the color.



Next I worked on the tree trunk.  Using a palette knife, cut off some Chocolate Gelatos® Double Scoop® and mix it with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Whipped Spackle.  You will have to "smash" the gelato color with your palette knife.  Work the color in until there are small chips left in it.




Apply the mixture with a small palette knife along the edge to look like a tree trunk and a limb.  The chips of color that are left in the mixture add a bark like look to the overall effect.  I mixed quite a bit of the color and Whipped Spackle but only used about half.  I saved the remainder to use in a bit!



To make the base of the bird's nest, I scribbled Green Tea and Chocolate Gelatos® Double Scoop® on my mat and spritzed it with water.  Then I used cheesecloth to absorb all the color off my mat.  Carefully open the cheesecloth and allow to dry.



Once it is dry, carefully pull pieces and place them in a nest shape on the canvas.  I used more Gel Medium to hold it on.



At this point I wanted to add some shiny objects into my nest - that is what the birds do!.  I added different metal objects from my stash.  I gave each one a little wipe of Gesso so that I could add color later on.  These were added with glue dots and Gel Medium.















Picture above:  Remember the Whipped Spackle mixture I saved?  Here is where I used it.  I mixed it thoroughly so there were no chips left.  Then I placed it inside a small sandwich bag, squishing it to one corner.  Snip the corner off with your scissors and now you have a mini "frosting bag" filled with goodness!  Next, gently squeeze the Whipped Spackle mixture from the bag to create twigs that criss cross on the nest.  See picture below.



While the nest is drying, I used Paper Crafter Crayons™ in Pink, Medium Pink, Dark Pink, Orange, and Yellow to color my paper birds.  



Time to add some detail and dimension.  Scribble Stampers Big Brush Pens in Nougat, Black, Light Cobalt Turquoise, and May Green onto your mat.  Then using a small paintbrush and water you can add the color to your canvas.  I added the Nougat and Black to the tree trunk and branch to give depth.  The Light Cobalt Turquoise and May Green were used to outline the leaves, the words that I added at the bottom, and a little along the edges of the branch for definition.  I also added a little of the Blueberry Gelatos® with a baby wipe and dabbed it among the leaves (think sky peaking through) and also at the bottom for dimension.  I just love how the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® product Mix and Match.  It really makes it so easy to add color when you know they all work together.



To finish the canvas, I added the leaves hung on burlap twine, the bow, and the mini music tag.  Below are some close-ups so you can see the depth, color, and layering.  






I added some Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the shiny trinkets to give them some pop!




I hope you enjoyed the project!  Now it's time for you to make your own dreamy mixed media piece!


Supply list:  

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gesso, Whipped Spackle, Gel Medium, and Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Stamper's Big Brush Pens in 154 Light Cobalt Turquoise, 170 May Green, 178 Nougat, and 199 Black

Gelatos® in Blueberry, Pistachio, and Acqua Dolce

Gelatos® Double Scoop® in Butterscotch, Green Tea, and Chocolate

Crafter's Crayons in Pink, Medium Pink, Dark Pink, Orange, and Yellow

Other items:  palette knife; Tim Holtz Composer tissue paper, chitchat stickers, and tag; We R Memory Keepers Feelin Groovy Flowers paper;  The Girls Paperie word stickers;  cheesecloth; metal embellishments from Tim Holtz, Maya Road, Recollections, and The Paper Studio; ribbon from Maya Road.



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Carol Mc

Such a fun canvas.

Brenda Laplante

Beautiful work.


Very nice. Great instructions. Beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing.

Barb Housner

love it - thanks for all the great ideas - loved your twigs for the nest - genius



I love it all, the colors, the layers, the composition, the everything! It's beautiful and inspires me, too. Thank you!

TracyM #6773

WOW - STUNNING canvas and FABULOUS tutorial Terri!!!


I love seeing everyone's ideas for creating with the gelatos and canvas. Thanks for sharing with us how you put this wonderful work of art together.

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