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Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Published on: June 10th, 2015 11:16 PM Posted in: Home Decor/3D

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson
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Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comHi everyone! It is Anna-Karin here with you today and I am so happy to be back on the Ranger blog. This time I made a mixed media canvas, using Dina Wakley’s wonderful Media Acrylic Paint, and her stamps and stencils. I am also going to show a technique with Ranger’s Texture Tools.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comThis is the finished projects, a happy summer canvas with an important message. I worked on a 6 x 8 in canvas board, but you can do the same techniques in your art journal, on a card, or a 3-D project and more. We’ll be building up layers with stamps, paint, stencils and paste. Let’s start.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comStart by coating your surface with gesso, using a palette knife.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comWhen the gesso is dry, stamp the background repeatedly with a dot and a sentiment stamp. Don’t worry about the placement, just stamp.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comCoat the stamped surface with another thin layer of gesso. Don’t cover up all the stamping; we are aiming for a white-washed look.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.com

Make a little puddle of Sky and White paint, one with only Sky, and one with Lapis. Add a little Glazing Medium to each puddle. The Glazing Medium gives you more time before the paint dries, and also makes the paint more transparent. Paint the canvas with a paint brush, dragging in the darker paint from the top and making it lighter at the bottom.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comUse the Essentials stencil and rub some of the paint off with a moist cloth.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comSmear Texture Paste through the larger bee from the Insects stencil with a palette knife. Make marks in the bee’s body with the edge of a Texture Tool.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comSmear Texture Paste at the bottom of the canvas, in a relatively thick layer. Drag Texture Tool 1 through the paste. Try not to make totally straight lines. Leave to dry.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comStamp three scribbly flowers and a bee on tissue paper with Archival Ink Jet Black. Our background is textured because of the paste, and with this technique we’ll be able to get perfectly crisp stamped images even on the paste. Tear the edges around the images since that makes them disappear better into the background.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comWorking on one image at a time, apply Gloss Multi Medium to the canvas, carefully place the image onto the medium. Add another layer of multi medium on top. The bee fits almost perfectly on top of the paste bee. I was in a bit of a hurry and the paste wasn’t completely dry, which is why some of the textured disappeared underneath the leaves of the middle flower.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comWhen dry, paint the flowers with white paint. The purpose is to give a lighter base for the brighter paints that will come later.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comPaint the flowers with Lemon, Tangerine and Gilt. Paint the leaves with a mix of Lime and Lapis. The bee was painted with Gilt, Black, Sterling and a tiny bit of Lemon. Don’t worry about covering up some of the stamped lines.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comPaint the soil with Umber and Gilt.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comUse a fine paint brush and black paint to add back some of the stamped lines that you painted over. Also mix a little water into black paint and give the flowers, leaves and bee shadows. Dry brush black paint around the edges.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comStamp sentiments with Jet Black Archival Ink.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comAdd white dots for highlights on the flowers, leaves and bee. This step helps to bring them even more to life.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comStamp random dots in a few places with Embossing Ink and emboss with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comFinally, for a little more texture, splatter Black Soot Distress Paint on the canvas. Pick up with a paint brush and tap the handle to create splatters. You might need to add a little water to the paint.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comThe bee is my favourite part of this project. It has a great raised look and feel to it because of the Texture Paste. The Stirling paint gives the wing the appearance of being translucent. I used Small Talk stickers to add more sentiments to my canvas.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comThe metallic paints are gorgeous, and you only need a tiny bit to get a great effect. You might see how they shine a little better on this photo.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.com

I like how you can spot the initially stamped dots and words through the paint here and there. Dina Wakley’s paints are such fun to use. Remember that you can mix the colours to get a large variety of different colours.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comRub Picket Fence Distress Paint into the word on the Typed Token. The platinum dots and black splatters add great texture to the piece.

Mixed Media Bee Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | www.rangerink.comI really like the texture created by the Texture Tool in the paste. You can do so many different techniques with the six different patterns in the Texture Tool kit.

I hope you enjoyed this project and that it inspired you to do some mixed media layers in your next project.

Happy crafting!


Anna-Karin EvaldssonHello! I am Anna-Karin and I have been doing arts and crafts my whole life. I started making cards in 2002 and two years later I also began to scrapbook. I had found my home among paper, stamps, ink, paint, dies, photographs and embellishments. My hands are ink stained almost daily. I enjoy switching between different projects: cards, tags, mini-books, art journaling, layouts, canvases and 3-D/home décor. I love trying out new and old techniques and many of my projects have mixed-media elements. Every project is a creative adventure and the possibilities are truly endless. Find me at my blog: www.layersofink.blogspot.com 

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