Posts Tagged ‘canvas’

Tuesday with Tara {take 114}

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Happy Tuesday, and happy September!

Something about the new month and the hint of some cooler temperatures has me in a pumpkin state of mind… so this week I’m sharing something different, an 8×10 canvas I painted featuring a pumpkin!  I used some of my fabulous Dina Wakley paints as well as a fun collage technique I learned from Dina to add a stamped image to my canvas.  I took a lot of photos along the way to document the mixed media transformation… so feel free to go ahead and grab a pumpkin spice latte before you read further 🙂  First, here’s a look at my completed canvas:

I started the project with an 8×10 canvas that had been painted as a background for a project I didn’t finish.  I used gel medium to adhere some collage papers for texture (the dots were packaging from some Prima embellishments, the book print is from a book I got at a thrift store for collage)

I used white gesso to rough out a pumpkin shape on my canvas, then grabbed a stencil and some texture paste to add dimensional details.

I love adding texture to my mixed media pieces, the only downfall is that you have to walk away while it dries.  It’s a good time to do some of the household chores you might be neglecting while you create, though 😉

Once it was dry, I started to roughly add some color.  I started with tangerine & umber paints to add some ‘pumpkin spice’ colors to my piece.  

Once I was happy with my background & my pumpkin, I decided one of Dina’s birds would be a fun finishing touch.  I stamped a bird in black Archival ink on a piece of white tissue paper, then created a torn edge around it so it would blend onto my background. (A wet brush would have given me even softer edges…)

I used a matte gel medium to adhere him to my canvas.  My brush was a bit stiff, so I worked with any tears that were created and lifted some of the tissue off my canvas leaving the outline.

I just love these scribbly birds, and this was a great way to add a bird to my canvas rather than trying to paint my own and hating it 😉  Again, I had to walk away from the canvas while this dried… it didn’t take long, but my impatience caused a few extra torn pieces.  Once he was all dry, I went in with a smaller paintbrush and covered up the tissue around the edge of my bird, then started layering in blues & tangerine to his body.  A  few brushstrokes of the dark umber paint added back some of those scribbly edges & details I love so much (I used the stamp as a guide to try and mimic Dina’s original design).

Here’s a look at some of the texture on my finished canvas…

… and a little bit of Nuvo Glitter Drop glitter to add some extra shimmer…

This was a fun step away from my regular paper crafting, it’s great to explore all the things we can do with the supplies we have on hand for card making!  I think it’ll look great on my mantle this autumn… along with any other pumpkins I decide to paint 🙂

Inky/Painty hugs,



Materials Used:

8×10 canvas & torn papers for collage

White Gesso (available in this set, along with texture paste & gel medium… everything you need to get started in mixed media!)

Gel Medium

Texture Paste

Acrylic Paints- including Dina Wakley’s Tangerine, Umber, Turquoise, Penny, White, Ocean, Elephant… plus a few other neutrals from my stash (I still have a few tubs of the old Claudine Hellmuth paints Ranger used to make!)

Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds Stamps

Black Archival Ink

White tissue paper

Nuvo Glitter Drops in Honey Gold


Tuesday with Tara {take 34}

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Happy Tuesday!  I’m pretty excited because today I get to show you a project with a product that is coming soon to the store… and you are going to LOVE them if you haven’t already tried them and fallen in love!  That’s right, Color Burst by Ken Oliver is coming soon, and they are a fabulous powdered watercolor medium that you can do all sorts of techniques with.  I had the opportunity to take a class with Ken Oliver and we created some larger pieces, one of which was finished on a 12×12 canvas.  Today I’m showing you that piece, even though I haven’t quite decided if I will be adding more to finish it yet… here’s what I made:

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We started with creating a lighter colored watercolor background on a large piece of watercolor paper, then added depth with deeper colors through a stencil.  Lots of water spritzing, dripping and a bit of detail added with a wet paintbrush… here’s some close ups of the fabulous bursts of color pigments:

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I actually haven’t decided yet which way is UP on my piece, and plan to add a word or quote in the “solid” panel, which will determine the direction I suppose!  Here’s another angle:

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I do love it as it is though!  And really need to add a feather stencil to my collection… but for now I have a chance for YOU to add one to yours!   Leave a comment on THIS blog post telling me your favorite COLOR!  Earn an extra chance to win by commenting on the pinned post on our facebook page as well!

Here’s the stencil that could be arriving soon in your mailbox (it’s on my wish list!):


I look forward to hearing from you this week!  Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,