Typically I create banners and hang them on the mantle for seasonal holidays or celebrations. But, since St. Patrick’s Day and Spring are so close together I thought I would create a mixed media canvas for St. Patrick’s Day to put on the fireplace mantel and then make a spring banner to get me to summer! Today I thought I’d share how you can create one for yourself too. There is plenty of time for this project and you don’t have to be a great artist to break out the paints to create this diy mixed media craft project!
I will share a small supply list at the end and share how easy it is to make one if you’d like to create something unique for your home to set or hang somewhere. The first thing I did was purchase a prepared a 5 inch x 5 inch canvas with 2 inch thickness. Already stretched and with gesso. (If not pre prepped you’ll want to gesso the canvas) If you aren’t a painter, gesso is a basic white base paint that is thick and coats the canvas keeping it from soaking up paint. You must let it dry before laying on your acrylic paint. You can speed up drying process with a heat gun if needed.
I used acrylic paints for this. There are many to pick from at your local Micheals Crafts Store, hobby shops or Amazon. Blue, Green, White and Black. On the sides I painted with black chalk paint. First I painted a couple of background colors of both blue and green muting them with brush strokes with a damp brush, paint and blotting with paper towels if you like. Next I painted the sides with the black chalk paint. I allowed parts to flow onto the front of canvas.
Let that dry while you get out any scrapbook, dried flowers or other paper elements you may want to cut or glue onto the canvas. Then grab your favorite glitters. Mine are Martha Stewart’s. Brilliant, fine and oh, so pretty! At this point I pencil sketched lightly the shape of the four leaf color and butterfly. I wasn’t worried about perfection or accuracy this is suppose to be fun here! Paint from your heart and not your head. Let dry and glue on glitter and your mixed media elements.
Use your glitter, white and black paint for accenting and highlighting. Lastly take chalk and write your favorite St. Patrick’s Day quotes and Spring sayings. Mixed Media is a great way get introduced into creating art. Since this is a small canvas I didn’t layer on too much. Be sure to step back during the working process and look at your work from different angles and distances.
Here are supplies from my affiliate Amazon in case your interested in creating one for yourself! If you craft you might have some of the supplies already!
- Art Alternatives 5 x 5 inch Pre-Stretched Studio Canvas (Pack of 5 Canvasses)
- Liquitex BASICS Gesso Surface Prep Medium, 16-oz
- Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Paints 18-Pack, Bright
- K&Company Brenda Walton Flora & Fauna Die-cut Cardstock and Vellum
- Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish
- This set is a great starter set student grade and inexpensive, bristle and natural hair ($8.69 set) Loew Cornell 1018 Brush Set, AP 15-Piece Wood Handle
- This is a good nylon bristle set ($16.99) Art Brush Set-10 Piece Golden Nylon-Short Handle-Nickel Plated Brass Ferrule-Acrylic And Watercolor Artist Paint Brushes-High Quality-Wash-Flat-Liner-Round-Filbert-Angular-Easy to Clean-Wash with Warm Water-Brush Hairs Hold Shape-Wood Handle
- Scissors listed below & why I prefer them
- Foam Brushes for gluing
I paint with both natural hair brushes and nylon. No reason to spend a ton of money on paint brushes unless you paint all the time and not for hobby. With a basic brush set you can use them over and over for projects. Tips: Use the brushes, rinse in water and keep them out of the water when not in use by laying them on your work space. When you are completely done wash gently in warm soapy water, rinse, let dry and store with handles down in a container and brush ends up.
When purchasing craft paint quality does matter. Cheap craft paint is usually is runny. I just shared one brand but, brands like Folkart, Delta, Craft are other good basic acrylic paints good for this type of project. I’ll talk about my all time favorite for my journaling and canvas work another day.
My favorite craft small scissors these are perfect for detail cutting EK Success Cutter Bee Precision-Cut Scissors And for larger cutting scissors I prefer using Fiskars 175800-1002 8-Inch Razor-Edge Softgrip Bent Scissors
I hope this helps you create a mixed media painting! Be sure to share it at my weekly party if you make one.
Do you do painting projects? What kind are they?