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Spring Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial


Hello everyone, Katie here! The sun is shining where I live (in Texas) and the birds are singing, so I wanted to make a fun Spring inspired mixed media canvas! Is it starting to warm up where you live? If it still feels a bit like winter, hopefully this bright and cheerful canvas will make it more like Spring!

I am currently learning how to play the piano so there is a lot of extra sheet music around my house that I used in this project, but if you don’t have any music, google “sheet music” and there are a lot of free printables that you can use!


1. Cover your canvas in sheet music.


2. With a pencil, lightly sketch circles on top of your sheet music in a polka dot pattern and paint around them with a light coat of white paint or gesso.



3. Outline your circles with Gelatos. I rubbed them in with my finger, but you could also use a paint brush or baby wipe.

4. Use your Stamper's Big White Pen to doodle patterns on top of your Gelatos.


5. Sketch a bird onto your canvas and color in using a black Stampers Big Brush Pen.


6. Finish embellishing. I chose to write out my words on a piece of cardstock using Aquarelles to give them a watercolor look. Then I cut them out and attached them to my canvas. I also added a few flowers and some bling.



Gelatos: Blue, Metallic Mint, Silver

PITT Pen Black sixe Medium

Stampers Big Brush Pen: Black and White

Aquarelles: #115, 126, 125, 124, 119


Katie Smith is a published artist currently living in Texas. She loves scrapbooking, sewing, art journaling, mixed media and trying new craft techniques.  She has been crafting and creating since she was a young girl, but started her blog, Punk Projects, in January of 2010 where she posts craft tutorials, inspiration and features other artists.

You can find out more about Katie here: BlogFacebook, Twitter



Other Supplies:

Paint: AppleBarrel

Flowers: Close to my Heart

Bling: Bo Bunny

Canvas, Sheet music


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I love all the layers of details!

Jessica Griffin

Katie!! I LOVE your project!! It's gorgeous! Especially love the colors. xo

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