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Holiday Canvas Collage: I Could Have Danced All Night


Hi everyone! It's Christina (seena) Young here with a pretty collage project that is simple to put together using matte medium. As October ends I'm thinking ahead to the holiday season. All the festivities inspired my canvas. Well, that and I stumbled upon a used bookshop going out of business and scored some wonderful sheet music for a song (ha ha). 

I started by ripping up a few music sheets and used matte medium to lay them down in a random fashion. Doesn’t this look neat? 


Next, I blended Gelatos® in a range of blues to make a colorful background. I added yellow for some pops of color. The matte medium base made working with the Gelatos® a dream; they spread really smoothly over the canvas.


I used some Stampers Big Brush Pens® along the edges of the ripped up pieces of paper and smudged with my finger to add shading. This helps give some depth and visual interest. Again, super easy to blend because of the matte medium’s extended drying time.


Using a Dylusions background stamp I added another layer to the background.


And another. This time with a Tim Holtz stamp. 


Who better to dance all night than a pretty young lady wearing a fancy dress? I liked the idea of the sparkly swirls appearing as part of the fabric of her skirt and stamped the image to place it where I wanted the sparkles to appear. I guess this is what fashion design feels like?!


The top of the dress gets its own design in a coordinating fabric. Er, paper.


For some contrast in the background I used Gesso in two ways. First, with an old lid to add some circles and second, watered down to make some splashes by flicking a brush over the canvas.

Finally, I wanted something a little more whimsical than the head that comes on the stamp, so I created one from a retro image I had and used my Stamper's Big Brush Pens® to add some color. Her expression makes me think she’s remembering something fun. Here she is all put together:



By keeping the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® supplies I used to a minium this project didn't take very long to put together. Until next time!

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft® - Gesso (#770302)

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft® - Gel Medium (#770303)

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft® Stamper's Big Brush Pens (Blue 3-pack) (Indanthrene blue #247)

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos (Lemon, Snow Cone, Blueberry, Metallic Mint, Cotton Candy)

Julie Nutting Stamp Lorenna

Dylusions Stamp Basic Backgrounds

Tim Holtz Stamp Bitty Grunge


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Linsey R

Beautiful work Christina!! I love it!! :)

Sue Guz

Beautiful- where did you find the head? sorry for the odd question- but fascinated how odd bits fit together... thanks sue

Christina (seena) Young

Thanks, Linsey!

Christina (seena) Young

Hi Sue, I cut it out of an older book that I had. I also find lots of images in magazines! Hope this helps :)

Mahe Zehra

I love it! The quote brings back many happy hours spent watching my fair lady over and over :) Lovely project!


how fun is this?!

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