Wednesday, June 1, 2016

God Bless the USA Mixed Media Canvas





Last year I was a guest on Sugar Bee Crafts as a part of the Red, White, Blue Series. I thought I would post here in case you missed it.

For my project I decided to make a mixed media canvas.  This project was one of the funnest I have done. I love mixed media! You can use any materials you want and you just keep adding layers until you like the way your project looks.  

See all of the different mediums I used on this one little project?  
canvas
acrylic paint
patterned paper
burlap
button 
twine 
glittered chip board 
black marker
sheet music and hand written lyrics 
ink
tulle
That explains why they call it "Mixed Media".  I really enjoyed this project and I love the way it turned out!  you should try it too!  I would love to see what you come up with!

Here's how I did mine:

First, I painted a 12 x 12 canvas with black acrylic paint. I cut out pieces for my flag from patterned paper that I had on hand. I also printed out some stars (print HERE) and then use them as a pattern to cut out my burlap stars.

I stained the edges of my stars with black acrylic paint and using a glue gun I attached a button and a twine bow.

When it was time to attach my flag to the canvas I realized that a 12 x 12 canvas is not really 12 x 12.  I trimmed down my flag a little bit so that it would fit on my canvas and I also wanted a little border around the flag. I attatched it to the canvas with a thin layer of Mod podge and then after it dried I covered it with another thin layer of Mod podge.
I antiqued the borders and edges of the flag where I saw a fit with the black acrylic paint and I attached my burlap stars with hot glue.
I hot glued black, glittered chip board letters to the project and then added some detail with a black marker. I added some sheet music and hand written lyrics that I found on the Internet and printed out on regular computer paper.  I ripped out a section of the paper and  spread a little Mod podge onto the project with my finger and placed the paper face down onto the Mod podge. I used a bone folder to press the paper into the Mod podge and then I started taking the paper off. As I did so. The paper tore and much of it remained on the canvas. I did this in a couple of places on the canvas until I had the look I wanted.  
I sprayed some red ink on the camvas and then sprayed a little water on the ink so that it would run a little bit. Then I sprayed some black ink onto the canvas.
I finished the project by printing the words "God Bless the" which you can print HERE.  I painted the edges with black paint and attached them with a hot glue gun.  The hot glue makes them stand out a little rather than lying flat on the canvas which I really like because it added some dimension. 
I couldn't resist finishing the project by tying a bow of tulle around the entire canvas. 





 Right now I'm working on painting and organizing my new craftroom and I am excited to share it when I finish it.  Keep checking back for the reveal.


Come back soon,
  

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