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Let Your Dreams Take Flight

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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

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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.

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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.  

 

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

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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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Such a fun canvas.

Beautiful work.

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

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

Barb

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

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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