Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mixed Media Stacking Canvases

It is always so much fun to do a mixed media piece when it is a labor of love.  This is my DIL's birthday present (she has already seen a picture of it).  It is a picture of Taylor our Grandson, isn't he  a doll at 4 months???
I won't go into great detail as to how I made this, as it took me almost two days to make it.  I did start by stacking 3 canvases, making the middle tier off center for some interest.  I covered parts with paper, parts with paint, coat of gesso, inks here and there, modeling paste through a stencil, ink through a stencil and some splattering of ink.  Most of the shapes are grunge board and had to be painted.  There are flowers, sea shells, stamped sport balls, buttons in the shapes of cars and dogs.  The baseball bat on top of the smallest canvas is part of a key chain that was my Mom's (his great grandmother)  It is real wood and had a baseball chained to the end of it, but the baseball was too large for this project. The word LOVE is a wooden piece I bought last spring and had forgotten about it, until I needed a title for Taylor's canvas.  Taylor's picture is raised with pop dots.
Below are some close-ups of different areas:
this shows the stacking of the 3 canvases

lower left corner and the wooden word.

smallest canvas has his stats

upper right corner

lower right corner.
I am going to enter this is the Unruly Paper Arts RAQ 2: wooden accents
Our Creative Corners challenge: forgotten things


  1. What a special keepsake you have made, it is beautiful
    Rosie x

  2. I just commented on your T post today, but I had to come back to see your canvas. And I'm so glad that I did! It's gorgeous, and I am so impressed with it. I love your idea of stacking three different sizes of canvas. TFS.

  3. Hi Krisha, your canvas is gorgeous and so is your Grandson. I love all the elements, including the three canvases in differing sizes, but for me that little baseball bat is just the most adorable embellishment and with such history too. This will be a wonderful keepsake for your DIL and also Taylor when he grows up. Thanks so much for joining in our Forgotten Things Challenge at Our Creative Corner. Anne x

  4. Completely stunning! Love it! Thanks for joining us at UPA!

  5. Beautiful! This will be so treasured. I love the idea of layering the canvases - It is so effective. This has been beautifully designed and obviously made with so much love. Thanks so much for joining us this month at Our Creative Corner - Love from Laura xxx

  6. Fabulous canvas! Wonderfully soft colors and such fab elements.

  7. Beautiful piece of work, I love it. Thanks for joining us over at Unruly this month.