Scribbly Birds Mixed Media Canvas-Surround Yourself With Friends

This tutorial and project were created for Frog Dog Studio using the May kit.

Good morning! Today I have a canvas project tutorial to share with you. This is one of my personal favorite projects–it was fun and easy to do. Let’s get started!

To begin, I used an 8 x 10 canvas board covered with a light coat of gesso. I used several shades of blue paint (including the one in the kit) and a brayer to lightly spread the paint around.

Next, I laid down a stencil and used the liquid chalk ink from the kit to create a light background pattern.

Using stencils, spray ink, and distress paints I created a few layers on the background.

I went around the edge of the whole board with gold Gelato and rubbed it in with my fingers. Then, I added a little bit more texture with spray ink and stencils.

Using the dropper in my sepia ink, I loosely sketched in some tree branches. I did this by just starting at the edge of the canvas and slowly dragging the dropper across the canvas. You can squeeze more ink out to make the branches thicker, or just spread sections that are already thick to add thinner branches.

I set the canvas aside to dry and pulled out a sheet from the vellum book in the kit. Using the new Dina Wakley stamps (which I LOVE!), I stamped the bird images then colored them in using a mixture of the oil paint crayons, oil paint medium, and watercolor crayons. I wanted a very soft blended feel.

Since this has a very springtime feel to it, I thought I’d make the tree sort of a cherry blossom by adding some paint through a circle stencil along the branches.

I fussy cut the birds and attached them to the canvas using matte medium. Then I added some colored glitter paste to the birds just for a little extra sparkle and texture. I also put a quote from my stash.

And here is the final product!

LifeBook 2013…Here I Come!!

Hi all!

I am so excited about doing LifeBook 2013! Here is what LifeBook is all about (taken from Willowing Arts):

“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. She is joined by 21 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating a minimum of 2 loose mixed media art journal pages per month (through a minimum of 2 lessons a month) which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)!”

One of my 2013 goals is to actively engage in mixed media art by taking online classes and continuing to learn new techniques. Our first assignment is to create our Fairy Art Mother. I’ll be the first to tell you that I am not very good at drawing. This is something I plan to work on this year. I tend to be a bit more abstract. This is also my first finished piece using nothing but watercolor crayons and a fine tip Pitt pen. Usually I create things with lots of layers and heavier colors. I tried to practice a light hand with this. I created my fairy art mother first as a sketch on my iPad, then freehand drawing her out on top of the watercolor background. I like the muted colors, but now finally realized that I am more about big, bold color. So I tried something new here as well as learned something about my art…definitely worthwhile!

Fairy Art Mother

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂