Mixed Media Canvas

I had a lot of fun putting together this mixed media canvas, along with the ladies from my bible study group. I enjoy witnessing the unique art pieces each woman creates. We meet every other week to discuss our faith and afterwords we make a low-cost craft. The current book we are studying from is called, Mind-Body-Soul Sisters. I’m blessed to be able to share my talents with this wonderful group of Godly women.

Suggested Supplies List:

White canvas. Any size.


Decorative scrapbook paper

Used magazines

Ribbon and lace

Beads and charms

Artificial flower embellishments



Rubber stamps

Mixed media is when you use a variety of materials, to make one piece of art. It’s a combination of several different media’s, whether its paint, beads and ribbon, or flowers, lace and rhinestones. You can really let your imagination run wild with mixed media! There is no right or wrong way to make this.

To begin, decide the size of the canvas you want to work on. I would suggest a smaller size to start if you’ve never done mixed media before. I used 8×10. Despite the small size, there will still be a wide area of space to cover. I always choose a color palate and theme before shopping for supplies, otherwise, I end up buying way more than I need! The first thing I think of is the background and then go from there. For my canvas background, I found pretty pink and coral paper splashed with gold. I also cut a face from a used magazine. If you or someone you know doesn’t have a stash of magazines, check your local used bookstore. I never buy new magazines for the sole purpose of destroying them, but they have plenty available at the nearest Half Price Books for only one dollar!

Mixed media is made with many layers. Choose objects with various depths and different textures. I adhered all my pieces using mod podge ,tacky glue and E6000 for heavier items. I layout everything first, to make sure I’m satisfied with the arrangement, before gluing. This takes me more time than actually pasting it together. I searched Pinterest for ideas. Check out my inspiration for these pieces by Kasia Avery and Crafty Super Star.

The winged eyes were created using Tim Holtz butterfly thinlits dies. (Die cutting machine required) The 2-D butterflies near the bottom are from K&Company. I recently discovered these really pretty pink glittery Prima flowers at Hobby Lobby.

The first few layers; paper, magazine cut-out, ribbon trim & stamps
The next few layers; gold transparent paper, butterfly wings and 2-D butterfly embellishments
Last layers; various flowers and words.

Thanks to my husband, who helped me come up with this old Hollywood style theme, for this piece below. The red daises are from Michael’s Recollections. Acetate film strip and gold camera charm were purchased at Hobby Lobby. I also used Tim Holtz layering stencil for the background.

Please vote and share on Facebook my mixed media submission for the art contest of rare diseases! I appreciate all your help!

Celebrate Independance Day with me next Tuesday as we make patriotic crafts. Enjoy the week ahead and smile!







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