Trio Of Canvases – Part 1 – The Mountains Of Venus, Or Are They?

December 16, 2015 — 9 Comments

I’ve been having a little play with some (lots) of paints and inks over the last few evenings as a sort of way to unwind from thinking about all of things that I’ve been trying to achieve.

I’m very pleased with the results and I think that when you find out some of the techniques, you may be a little surprised…

This post features the first (that was dry, lol).

Anyway, here is the first of a trio of canvases which ended quite differently but all used a majority of the same materials.

Mixed Media Canvas 1.1

Pretty abstract and cool right?!

Now, I said that you might be surprised at some of the ‘ingredients’ in this, well, the main one that should surprise you a lot is the fact that I used paper kitchen towel to create the texture – no, seriously!

Before doing any painting I applied a good layer of Mod Podge to the canvas, placed the kitchen towel over the top lightly pressed it down and then dragged it.

As I dragged, it creased and wrinkled.

It was left to dry for, well, it did end up on the Work In Progress pile for a while until this week when I started having a dig through for something to chill out with in the evening.

I’ve seen a lot of drop painting of late and thought that I would have a go at that; the colours would rub down the canvas and create cool patterns as they went.

Mixed Media Canvas 1.3

Before starting to dribble (a usual evening thing when I pop a DVD on) I painted the blank area with a buff/pink mix.

Already I was seeing things in the design and one particular idea was that this could be a volcanic mountain range of somewhere like Venus with it’s heavy and sulpherous atmosphere.

I can’t say that this drove my colour choices. I only have a few of the pearlescent liquid acrylic paints so it was mostly that.

Before getting to these I gave the ‘mountains’ a base coat of burgundy acrylic over which I applied a translucent black glaze and heat set it.

I then began to randomly dribble the liquid acrylics down the canvas with the ‘rocky’ bit at the top. I heat set each layer of colour to prevent the colours bleeding too much.

It was fun to watch the colours collect in the wrinkles and folds and then explode from the ‘volcanoes’.

Occasionally I spritzed the canvas with water to give the colours a little more translucency and to help them spread. That’s why you’ll see the background dribbles are more muted than the others.

Mixed Media Canvas 1.2

I did several applications over a couple of nights until I thought I was close to finishing. I then applied a coat of clear embossing powder over the ‘sky’ and did a final dribble with each colour and left it to fully dry.

The penultimate stage was to apply some dark blue and black acrylic paint (with a sponge) to the edges of the canvas.

To finish and protect the canvas I applied a final layer with some clear gloss spray from Crafter’s Companion.

And that was the ‘Mountains Of Venus’ complete!

What do you think? A waste of good paint or a fun and interesting experiment?

I’d love to hear what you see in this creation …

Many thanks for reading, I’ll have the second in this canvas series on the blog tomorrow at around the same time. What will this one end up like?! (It’s like the end of the old Batman series isn’t it? lol).

Anyway, must crack on – more to do before Christmas!

As ever, if you’ve any questions or comments about this post, please feel free to use the comments section at the bottom of this post.

Ciao for now!

J :)

9 responses to Trio Of Canvases – Part 1 – The Mountains Of Venus, Or Are They?


    WOW – I love it x

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    I particularly like the third photo where the art piece is on its side. This instantly made me think of a beach (sand on the left) with the sea washing the shoreline while carrying seaweed and waterbubbles onto the sand. The lines of colour running “down” the sand would be the little rivers of water that you see running back to the sea before the next wave engulfs it again. Mmmm, I rather like that thought. Looks good fun to try!



    Love the texture and colours John. You have the gift of knowing when to stop lols. Look forward to the next one.xx



    This is the sort of thing I love – fabulous effect!
    Have a great Christmas John.
    Apart from doing a million other things, I had a wrapping day today (all my children’s and grandchildren’s gifts) all my grandiose plans for elaborate wrapping went to pot and I ended up using brown paper, green garden twine and die cuts from the numerous bags of ‘spares’ – they don’t look too bad, but bet your gifts look amazing!
    Wish you and all your readers a great 2016.



    Hi John! Once again a masterpiece. Hope you get a rest over the holidays and have a good one!



    You have done it again John, love the colours and the technique you have used. Can’t wait for part two. Keep creating. You are so inspiring. Thank you. God bless.



    Fabulous creation, love the colours and texture. I like the way the paint has run in thick and thin lines. Not a waste of paint at all. Look forward to seeing the other two creations x


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