Hello Artsy Friends!
Jill from Glimmerbug.com here to share a fun mixed media canvas with you for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®. This is a colorful, whimsical home decor piece that you can hang in your home, office or give as as gift.
Can you believe that it's already back-to-school time? Summer just flew by in a blink! Soon it'll be time to get the sweaters and long sleeves back out along with all the dreaded snow removal stuff... ugh! I'm totally not ready to say goodbye to summer yet, that is for sure!
Today, I've got a fun mixed media project for you using the Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle. Talk about a fun product to work with! And mixing it with Faber-Castell Gelatos® Colors makes it so cool to work with!
Let's get started!
Look at all that color and texture! Woo hoo!!
Here we go!
1. Using acrylic craft paint in your choice of colors, add daubs of color here and there on your canvas. I like to work on a canvas that has already been gesso'd because it makes the colors a bit more vibrant.
2. Grab your roller and roll the colors together to cover the canvas. If you don't have a roller, just use a paint brush, sponge, your hands... anything works just fine!
3. Add in some other bright and eye catching colors. I just used my fingers here.
4. Using found objects as stamps, such as bottle caps, jar lids, etc., stamp some circles in patterns around the background.
5. While the paints were still wet, I used the back of a paintbrush to scratch in some lines and scribbles. I also used a few markers and pens from my stash to add marks here and there.
6. Using my Faber-Castell PITT® Artist Pen in black, I added some doodling to my canvas. Swirls, lines, dots, dashes – whatever you want to add a bit of quirky to your background!
7. Here's a better look at how the canvas is coming along with doodles, mark making, dots, dabs, and lines. Just have fun and play without being too precise or planned for your background. Don't forget to let each layer dry (or use a drying heat gun) in between!
8. Scoop out a bit of your Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle and cut off a bit of your chosen Gelatos® Colors. I chose Passion Fruit for my pink color.
9. Mix up your Whipped Spackle and Gelatos® Color using your palette knife. What a beautiful texture... like cake frosting!
10. Choose a stencil from your stash and cover it with your Whipped Spackle using your palette knife.
11. Gently lift the stencil off of your canvas and see how it looks! Gorgeous!
12. I really enjoyed creating the Whipped Spackle in color, so I cut off a bit of my Gelatos® Colors in Limoncello, mixed it up, and spread another layer onto my canvas.
13. Once the Whipped Spackle layers are dry, use a black pen (I used my Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black) to doodle up some flower shapes here and there on my canvas.
14. Next, mix up some white acrylic craft paint with water so it has a light consistency and isn't too thick. Paint the negative space around your floral doodles with the white paint. You can do one layer for a more transparent look or add another layer so it's a bit more opaque. You can also water down some gesso for a similar effect if you don't have white acrylic paint handy.
15. Using a Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black, go back around your outlined images.
17. In the remaining negative white space, I wanted to put more texture. So I used another stencil from my stash and scooped the Whipped Spackle around in different areas of the background. This time I didn't color the Whipped Spackle at all, just used it right out of the jar.
Still looking for more sass, I added some dots on top of my Whipped Spackle texture using an acrylic paint in gold and the back of a paint brush for easy dots.
I'm one of those artists that walks away from something and then comes back to it and keeps on adding things. So by the time I felt like this canvas was "finished," I'd added quite a bit more doodles, dashes, lines, and dots all over the place. It's fun to do and I don't think a piece like this can be "over done."
Here's my final canvas:
Calling this piece done and LOVING it with all the colors, Whipped Spackle texture and doodles. It's whimsical, eye catching and fun to look at! And it was sure fun to make! I think I'll be hanging this up in my studio.
Thanks for creating with me and have fun working with the lovely line of Faber-Castell products on your next project. Let your imagination soar!
- 9" x 12" Canvas (I like to gesso my canvas before any projects. And feel free to use any size canvas that you have; you can create this on any size!)
- Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle
- Faber-Castell Limoncello Gelatos® and Passion Fruit Gelatos®
- Palette knife
- Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black
- PITT® Artist Pens in Black and White
- Gold acrylic craft paint
- White acrylic craft paint
- Various colors of craft paints for the background (I used light blue, aqua, bright pink, yellow, white, black, orange, green, etc. Use what you have in your stash!)
- Found objects for background stamping such as jar lids, bottle caps, etc.
Jill Adamy is a self-taught Mixed Media Artist at Glimmerbug.com, professional Graphic Designer and lover of all artsy things! Bright, bold and vivid colors, pattern and texture are what make her artwork so whimsical, happy and fun! Jill sells her artwork on her website as well as at craft fairs and a few local shops in her small New England home town of Lunenburg, MA. A busy mom of 3 little kiddos and 3 pugs, Jill enjoys spending time with her fun little family in their home art studio.
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