Little Birdie Crafts Mixed Media Canvas

Mixed Media Made Simple

In the past, I was intimidated at the thought of doing a Mixed Media project.

I was intrigued but intimidated.

After a few attempts, I found that Mixed media doesn’t have to be intimidating

if you break it down into a few simple steps.

What is Mixed Media?

Mixed Media is a visual art that uses more than one medium or material.  Two common examples of mixed media art are assemblages and collages.  Different materials include cloth, paper, paint, wood, and found objects.

Here’s the 4 basic steps I use:

  1. prep canvas
  2. create background
  3. add dimension
  4. composition

When it comes to Mixed Media, I am still a novice.  The steps I use are mere suggestions.

This month, I got the opportunity to work with Little Birdie Crafts in a Blog Hop with fellow designers of the Designer Craft Connection.  Little Birdie Crafts has a great selection of handmade flowers, chipboard pieces, stencils, paper and so much more.  Right now they have a great sale going on, make sure to check out the Little Birdie Crafts online store.

These are the Little Birdie Crafts products used:

  • 12 x 12 Burlap Art Board  (CR73782)
  • White Gesso (CR75625)
  • Antique Gold Metallic Wax (CR79830)
  • Mixed Media Paste-Slate (CR79374)
  • Natalie Pastel Flowers (CR70092)
  • Chipboard Ornate Clock (CR26249)
  • 2-Chipboard Honey Comb (CR56011)
  • Chevron Stencil (CR64149)
  • Jute Braided Twine  (CR82268)

Additional Products Used:                       (*affiliate link)

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Step One 1

  • Prep burlap canvas with gesso using a palette knife or paintbrush to prepare the surface for paint.

  • Add white acrylic paint over the surface of the canvas, and drips of coral, marigold and aqua paint.

  • Blend horizontally across the canvas using a paintbrush to create a soft background.

Starting the process of building the background.

  • Paint chipboard honeycomb with marigold paint and dry brush with white acrylic paint.

  • Lightly paint chipboard clock with white acrylic paint.  Rub antique gold metallic wax to accent the ornate edges and hands of the clock.
  • The shelf is a scrabble tile holder that was stained using Vintage Photo Ink.  It’s hard to see in this picture but the edge of the shelf is accented in the antique gold metallic wax.

Texture and dimension adds interest to the canvas.

  • Tape stencil to board using removable painter’s tape to mask the area that you want to add the mixed media paste.  Apply paste in a thin layer onto the board using a palette knife.

Step 2 Building the Background

  • Once the texture paste has dried.  Go over the paste with a thin layer of white acrylic paint to lighten it.  Apply antique gold metallic wax to accent the texture.
  • Glue vintage lace onto the canvas using mod podge.  Apply a thin layer of mod podge directly to the area on the canvas where I will be adding the lace.
  • Stagger the painted chipboard honeycomb onto the board to create interest and glue in place.

Step 3 and 4  Dimension and Composition

  • Create focus.  The place where you want the eye to land.
  • I like to use an item to anchor my canvas.  An anchor can be a photo or in this case the shelf.
  • To create stability and dimension…I add chipboard to the back of all my paper pieces.
  • Arrange and Rearrange your pieces on the canvas until you are satisfied.
  • Glue pieces on canvas using a strong glue.  (I always find that I add and edit as I glue.)

For the full list of Designers participating in the Little Birdie Crafts Blog Hop click here.

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How to make a Ribbon Flower Wreath

Learn how to create ribbon flowers to embellish a small 6″ grapevine wreath.  

A great little Spring decoration.

Ribbon Flowers looks great on bags, gifts, wedding decorations and hair accessories.

How to make a Ribbon Flower Wreath-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 8744

to make the Ribbon Flower Wreath you’ll need:

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How to make a Ribbon Flower Wreath:

  • Cut a 6″ piece of ribbon.
  • Use the ink applicator to apply purple ink to one edge of the ribbon.

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  • create a running stitch down one side of the ribbon.

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  • gather the ribbon and tie thread ends in a knot.

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  • glue small vintage button to the center of the flower.
  • to create leaves:  fold a small strip of green ribbon and glue to the back of the flower.

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  • Glue flowers onto wreath.
  • Optional:  Glue small sprigs of flowers on each end of the ribbon flowers.

Did you notice?  I used the Deflecto Ribbon Dispenser* to organize and hold my ribbon.

The Deflecto Ribbon Dispenser* also fits into the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*

Hang your small wreath on a doorknob or decorative window and Enjoy.

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DIY Happiness is Homemade Rustic Frame

How to make a DIY Happiness is Homemade Rustic Frame…

The DIY Happiness is Homemade Frame is a simple home décor vinyl project that we made

in my StyleTechCraft Workshop at Creativation 2020 in Phoenix last month.

DIY Happiness is Homemade Frame Products Used:                  (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

  • Cut an 8″ x 10″ piece of red scrapbook paper and insert inside rustic frame.
  • Cut a piece of 3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ matboard and a 3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ piece of gray scrapbook paper.

  • Lay the 3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ gray scrapbook design side up on the Xyron Creative Station*, crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron CreativeStation* it adds adhesive to the backside of the paper.
  • Adhere the gray scrapbook paper onto the 3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ piece of matboard.

  • Cut a piece of transfer paper a little larger than the “heart and homemade” words.
  • Lay transfer paper over “heart and homemade”. Give a gentle rub using scraper tool.

  • Apply onto the gray chipboard paper. Remove transfer paper.
  • Center the words “happiness is” between “heart and homemade” and repeat the process.
  • Apply adhesive to the back of the chipboard layer using the Xyron tape runner.

  • Adhere the chipboard layer centered in the frame.
  • Add red felt flower to right corner of the frame.

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Random Letter Art

You don’t need to be perfect, you are awesome.

I’ve been on the Creating with Joy Design Team for the past 5 years.

During that time I’ve created all kinds of projects using a large variety of Embroidered Iron-On

letters.  And because I occasionally change my mind of what I want my projects to say,

I have a bag of random letters.

For this month’s Design Team project I decided to use from that bag of random letters.

I gathered my letters together to see what I could spell.

Doesn’t it look like a colorful bowl of Alphabet Soup?

Supplies Needed:

To make a Framed Word Art…

  • Measure and cut a 8″ x 10″ piece of Kraft cardstock* to fit inside frame.
  • Cut a 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ piece of white heavyweight cardstock.
  • Arrange letters on white cardstock to play with the random letter placement.
  • Use a piece of removable painters tape to keep the letters in line.  (just because it’s not perfect doesn’t mean it can’t be straight.)
  • Apply fabri-tac glue* to the back of the letters before adhering them to the paper.  (I used my finger tip to rub the glue to the letters.)
  • Cut a piece of black cardstock 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″, adhere finished letter art onto the black cardstock.  Adhere white and black layers onto Kraft cardstock and place inside frame.
  • Optional:  Glass in or Out?  I left the glass out of the frame for photography purposed.  I added the glass back in after I was finished taking the picture.

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A little matting and a frame and I have a fun inspirational piece of  Random Letter Art.

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2020 I can see it now!

Twenty Twenty is “clearly” going to be a year of stupid puns and silly memes.

We might as well get used to it.

So, if you can’t beat them, you might as well join them.

Joy Iron-on Embroidered Letters are great for making creative and funny t-shirts,

they’re also great for making creative and funny signs.

Here’s what I used to make my 2020 Canvas:

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Directions:

  • Paint the entire canvas with a generous amount of white acrylic paint.  While the white paint is still wet, softly blend the navy blue paint.

  • Once the canvas has dried.  Position the Jacobean Floral Stencil* onto the corner of the canvas and tape down the edges with removable painter’s tape to keep the stencil from moving.
  • Use a  stipple brush to lightly apply white acrylic paint inside open stencil areas.

  • The stenciling creates a nice subtle background.
  • Stencil all four corners of the canvas.

  • To keep the numbers and letters straight, use a piece of blue painters tape on the canvas.
  • Glue letters and numbers onto the canvas using Fabri Tac Adhesive.

  • To make it a little more “Punny”…I created glasses out of cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.  To make the glasses more sturdy, I made three of each size and stacked and glued them together.
  •  Glue glasses and flower embellishments onto canvas.

You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters and alphabet sheets in different sizes at your local craft stores!

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How to make a Red Buffalo Plaid Frame

 

How to Make a Red Buffalo Plaid Frame

Products Used:

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Directions:

  • Add strips of painter’s tape onto the frame to make stripes.  Rub your finger over the tape to make sure that the tape is securely on the frame and has no gaps.
  • Paint inside the stripes with black paint.  Be careful not to apply the paint too thick.   Only one thin coat of paint is needed.

  • Remove painter’s tape.
  • Allow black paint to fully dry before continuing to the next step.

  • Rotate the frame and apply the tape in the opposite direction.  Make sure the tape is securely on the frame.
  • Paint additional stripes.

  • Lightly sand the frame after dry.  Sanding brings out the woodgrain and helps to hide any little imperfection.
  • Wipe the frame smooth with a clean cloth.
  • Apply the Carta Bella Christmas Market Chipboard Accents to front of frame.

The Red Buffalo Plaid Frame was made in Sue’s 2019 Holiday Workshop.

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Simple Country Christmas Vase

Simple Country Christmas Vase

Create a sweet Country Christmas Vase with a little help using Joy Iron On Embroidered Letters.

Supplies Used:

Shop Your Fav Brands at Scrapbook.com

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Directions:

  1.  Spray the mason jar with a couple coats of ivory colored spray paint.

2.  After the paint has dried, lightly sand the jar to remove the paint off the letters.

3.   Drill a hole on the top of a small wood slice and paint the center with red acrylic paint.
4.  Glue the embroidered letters and wood star onto the wood slice with craft glue.
5.  Tie ribbon around the neck of the jar and add embellished wood slice.

You can find a wide selection of Joy® embroidered iron-on letters and alphabet sheets in different sizes at your local craft stores. 

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Holiday Diamond Art

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