How To Make Mixed Media Wall Art

Posted by Kim Dellow

Make some textured art for your wall with this fun mixed media tutorial.

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Hi, it's Kim Dellow here and my project today is a decorated canvas board which you could hang on your wall as wall art. It is a little abstract and uses lots of layer and I did not really start with any plan of how I wanted the finished piece to look. All I did know when I started it was that I wanted to use a large stencil and some modeling paste to add texture and dimension to the canvas.

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Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Artists' Quality Canvas Board-8"X10"
  • DecoArt Media Modeling Paste 4oz-White
  • DecoArt Media Gesso 4oz-White
  • DecoArt Media Ultra-Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Phthalo Turquoise
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Raw Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Cerulean Blue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Antiquing Cream - Titanium White
  • The Crafter's Workshop Grandma's Doily 12" x 12"
  • RGM Italian Plus Painting Knife #22
  • Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black
  • Strathmore - Layout Paper Pad - 400 Series - 9" x 12"
  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Cling Stamps - Rust & Dust
  • Old book pages
  • Brushes
  • Ranger Inkssentials Inky Roller Brayer - Medium
  • Martin Universal - Mijello Fredi Weber Palette Large
  • Scissors

Let's Decorate A Canvas Board!

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First add some strips of old book pages to the canvas board using the DecoArt Media Matte Medium. Let it dry then cover the surface with a layer of gesso. Once this is dry, hold the stencil over the board and add the molding paste with a painting knife. The molding paste does not have to be too thick and can be as thick as the stencil.

Remove the stencil and let the paste dry completely.

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Now the paste is dry, cover the board with the Turquoise and Cerulean Blue and a little bit of white paint too. It doesn't have to be perfect covering light and dark areas add extra texture to the layer. Let it dry completely.

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The next layer is a drip wash with Primary Magenta. Add some water to the paint and brush it along the top of the canvas then hold the canvas upright to let the paint drip across the surface. Add more water as needed. Let this layer touch dry.

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Roughly mix the Raw Sienna and Titanium White and add it to the canvas board thinly with a brush and move the paint around the board with a cloth or kitchen towel. Let this layer touch dry.

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Now repeat the drip washes using first the Primary Magenta then the Turquoise whilst the first paint is still wet so that they can mix. Let this layer dry completely.

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Cover the whole surface with the Titanium White Antiquing Cream, adding it thickly to the stenciled area, then let it dry. Once dry, wipe over the surface with damp cloth to remove the antiquing cream from flat and raised surfaces.

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Brayer the surface using first the Turquoise then the Primary Magenta paint and let this dry.

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Stamp a large butterfly with Ranger archival ink in the center of the molding paste stencil pattern and again onto a piece of the Layout paper. Cut the butterfly from the paper and stick it over the stamped butterfly on the canvas board with the Matte Medium. Let this dry then seal the whole piece with a layer of DecoArt Media Ultra-Matte Varnish.

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Lots of layers but all of them worth it in the end to build a textured, dimensional and colorful piece you can hang on your wall.

Thanks for popping in.

Kim Dellow