From These Hands Mixed Media Canvas - 1

From These Hands Mixed Media Canvas

This week I have been mucking about with mixed media canvas creations in my ‘spare time’. I’m more than happy to say that I have been able to actually finish one!

It was intended to celebrate the fact that I am lucky enough to be designing and creating on a ‘regular’ basis.

This is the completed canvas.

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There’s a lot going on, right?

Let me break it down for you.

The background started out with a base coat of red acrylic paint. I tinkered with adding other colours as well but ended up covering this in a red wash again, toning down all of the colours in the process.

VersaCraft inkpads were then used along with a dotty stencil to give a vignette feel to the outer edges and corners.

The hand print was added as I was working on something else that used gold acrylic paint and my hand ended up getting covered.So I pressed it against the canvas. It was a little ‘weak’ so I added texture with heat set PVA which bubbled and then flattened at little.

I then coated this in gold embossing powder and heated it again.

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Loved that effect!

I was then clearing up and found an air dry clay experiment that I was doing a while back. I had pressed a thin layer into a cabochon mold and let it dry. It looked a little like an egg so I split it in half.

Also created in the cabochon mold was a crystal resin creation to which I had added glitter and mini gems.

How great would these two look together if I made it look like a creation hatching from an egg?!

Very great it turns out!

Having stuck the cabochon to the palm I then stuck the shell halfs on top, painted in gold paint, covered in mini gems and edged with glitter glue.

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I knew that I wanted to add a sentiment or some words of some sort so had a think and came up with ‘From These Hands’.

To create them I first used a script stamp and second generation stamping technique to create a background.

I then used a lettering stencil to add the basic letters and then added swirls coming off them with a Pigma Micron pen.

At this point it was quite a stark white background so I edged this with pink, purple and dark green/black VersaCraft inkpads.

The words were then trimmed down and ‘glazed’ with PVA glue.

To add a contrasting colour (which I thought it needed) I had a rummage through my fibres bag and came out with some lovely blue hues.

These were stuck to the back of the canvas, draped over and then the words were applied with Pinflair glue gel.

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And there we have it.

A very colourful celebration of creativity!

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What do you think? Did I capture the thoughts and sentiments well?

As always, if you have any comments or questions about this post then please feel free to use the comments section below. Also, If you know of anyone that would appreciate reading this post, there are handy sharing icons below.

Many thanks for taking the time to read about my recent creation!

I’ll see you again soon!

J :)

9 thoughts on “From These Hands Mixed Media Canvas

  1. Love it, John. Altho I dont usually comment, just wanted to wish you well. Hope your future is bright and as interesting as your


  2. Hi John

    I do like this, it’s a statement to the world as well as a reminder for those days when the crafty mojo deserts us. Sorry I’ve not been commenting of late, been struggling a lot lately. Have been sharing your digis, If I haven’t already, wishing you all the luck in the world with your career post Create and Craft. Your talent and charisma will take you far- I’m certainly hoping to see you “our” side of the camera! Any digis or other creations for sale just post and I’ll always share. Sending you hugs and luck for whatever you’re working on,

    T x


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