Tuesday 28 November 2017

Fragile Winter Mixed Media Canvas

Last year I made a canvas for the Craft Stamper that I called 'Fragile Winter' and it was in the December issue. I am at last sharing it here and over on the Country View projects blog with the process steps I took to make the canvas background here and the snowflakes steps on CVC.


1.    Seal the canvas top and sides with a coat of gesso and dry, wipe over with a wash of magenta, then daub modelling paste in areas that you want to stamp the snowflakes.

2.    Heat dry the paste until a skin has formed, spritz the stamp with water and press it into the paste removing it straight away. 

3.    Paint layers of crackle paste all over the rest of the background and some on the sides and leave the whole canvas to dry naturally.

4.    Lay a darkish watery grey wash over the crackled areas dab off any excess with kitchen roll. 

5.    Layer light pink and grey layers of watery paints, let them drip and move around, drying between each layer. Then stamp snowflakes with watering can archival ink. 

6.    Brayer on white and cream paints, dry with a heat gun and then dribble and spritz white watery paint through the whole background. 

7.    Go back into a couple of the areas of the textured snowflakes with a very watery wash of magenta to create contrast and depth. 

8.    Finger paint thin white paint around the pink areas and lightly spritz the white shimmer mister to bring coherence to the overall design. 

9.    Dab watery colours into recesses if they need it and splatter a watery wash of titan buff and one of magenta dabbing off with a paper towel to further help unify the whole piece. 

To finish the project

·         Seal the background with a coat of Ultra Matte Varnish.

·         Add snowflakes using the same colours but deeper tones so that they stand out. Process steps to make these can be found at Country View Crafts project blog.

If you subscribe to Craft Stamper you may remember seeing it but it's that magical time of the year as Christmas approaches and as I was asked to teach the steps at 'Let's Be Creative' last week, I hope to be back soon to show you the new design I made to take with me.

Enjoy the lead up to December, it's only 26 days to Christmas.

hugs Brenda xxx


Kate Yetter said...

It's beautiful! I love the colors and the crackle.

Rita said...

How stunning is your canvas Brenda. The colours looks so beautiful. The tutorial was great as I struggle to try and get back to crafting. Hugs Rita xxx

Theresa said...

I have a canvas just ready to try something like this. Such a wonderful piece to carry on through the long winters. Especially here in the frozen tundra of NE Wisconsin, USA. The captured softness in the snowflakes is so beautiful. And with a great tutorial. thanks as always for sharing.

Gina said...

That is such an awesome piece!!! Can't wait for some real crunchy snow :) XXX

A Pink said...

Such a fabulous canvas, Brenda. Love all the texture and wonderful colour tones. Love seeing how it came together. Thanks for sharing.
hugs x

froebelsternchen said...

A wonderful canvas! Thank you for sharing the progress with us here!

Happy week for you !
oxo Susi

Patty O'Malley said...


Corrie Herriman said...

So gorgeous ! Love all the aspects of it..
Corrie x

Mrs.B said...

A beautiful canvas Brenda, gorgeous colour tones and textures.
Avril xx

SewPaperPaint said...

Stamping into the background texture is honestly something I have never thought to do, but WOW! What a great way to carry the design elements throughout. I absolutely love the pink scheme here and your amazing textured layers. Hugs, Autumn

Astrid Maclean said...

Fantastic effects on this gorgeous canvas Brenda, the end result looks just stunning!

Lisa said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning!! The texture is amazing!! I love the snowflakes stamped into the background!! The crackle is so gorgeous!! And the top snowflakes are so beautiful!! I loved seeing how this came together, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Cocofolies said...

Thank you Brenda for sharing the full process of this exquisite canvas.
This is a wonderful project, I love it
Hugs, Coco xx

hazel said...

A stunning canvas, the colours are beautiful and I love the textures.
xxx Hazel.

Pamellia said...

WOW WOW WOW! This is so beautiful Brenda! I absolutely adore the colour palette, these purples and pinks go so well together and it's a brilliant combo for a wintery scene. The textures are incredible and your big snowflakes are divine! What an incredible frosty creation, sending hugs :)

Jackie PN said...

Oh My goodness! I am so happy you shared your steps Brenda!
This is amazing- I love that color- so un-traditional!
Jackie xx

Mac Mable said...

Amazing! Thank you for the step by step. Loved all the techniques, the pretty colours, the glorious texture and the final canvas is stunning!!!

Words and Pictures said...

Wow - look at the textures on that... what an amazing piece - I can just imagine running my fingertips over it! Thanks for a great step-by-step showing how it's done.
Alison x

sarascloset said...

This is a stunning textural canvas! Your color choices are so unique, but make this even better! This one goes into the favorites! And thank you for your great tutorial--it's so fun to see how this came together! Hugs!