The Eternal Rose
Updated: Mar 14, 2019
This mixed media canvas was created as a birthday gift for my mother. She loves roses. Her front yard has at least 10 rose bushes. I have provided the step-by-step process of creating this canvas. Enjoy!
Here, initially I primed the canvas (11 X 14 Inch Stretched Canvas Value Pack of 7
by Academy Art Supply) with white gesso. This is the link on Amazon to the gesso I used. Prima Marketing Art Basics Heavy Gesso, 8.5-Ounce, White
by Prima Marketing. You can use clear gesso or any other color gesso. Ultimately, you want to prime the canvas and give it a non-porous surface for other medium you will be putting on it.
Next, I decoupaged a high quality paper napkin as a background to the canvas. I used gel medium as a glue.
(Amazon link here: Liquitex Professional Gloss Gel, Medium, 8 Ounce (5708)by Liquitex.) You must air dry for at least an hour or until it does not feel sticky. You can also use a craft drying tool, if you are inpatient.
This a very tricky process, and if not done correctly will rip the fragile napkin. I will create a future blog on this process in detail, if you are interested. Please comment below, if you would like me to create a napkin decoupage tutorial.
This gorgeous rose napkin can be bought from Amazon or Tuesday Morning. They both have amazing high quality napkins. I could not find the exact one I used for you, I found another gorgeous rose napkin on Amazon similar to mine. This is the amazon link for you is here. Home Range 20 Count Decorative Paper Napkins, Luncheon, Fairy Rose Cream.
by Ideal Home Range. They have a variety of amazing napkins that would do beautifully.
I applied a layer of gloss medium (Amazon link here: Liquitex Professional Gloss Gel, Medium, 8 Ounce (5708)by Liquitex) to the top of the napkin. YOU MUST DRY BETWEEN LAYERS OF MEDIUM AND AFTER DECOUPAGING THE NAPKIN. I can not emphasize this enough. Not only will you create big mess, but you will destroy the napkin. Unless, you are going for that kind of look. I have salvaged many an art piece by using this mistake as background technique. There is no mistakes in mixed media art! That‘s why I love it!
Next I applied texture paste on to a stencil. This brings a gorgeous 3-dimensional effect to your art piece. I use texture paste every opportunity I get. This is the link to the texture paste I used from Amazon. Ranger - Texture Paste - Transparent - Gloss by Ranger Products by Ranger.
Any stencil with a design you like will do. I used a hexagon stencil that I bought from Amazon. It was part of a an awesome stencil kit. I will link it here. 5 Mixed Media Stencils | Hexagon, Honeycomb, Chicken Wire, Fish Net, Punchinella Stencil Set | Templates for Arts, Card Making, Journaling, Scrapbooking | by Crafters Workshop.
Next I applied another layer of gloss gel medium. You may use matte gel medium ( Liquitex 5321 Professional Matte Gel Medium, 8-oz
by Liquitex), clear gesso (Liquitex Professional Clear Gesso Surface Prep Medium, 32-oz) , or decoupage glue (Plaid Royal Coat Decoupage (8-Ounce), 1401 Clear Satin Finish
by Plaid Enterprises, Inc.) It is up to you and your preference. I like the the transparency and shine gloss gel medium gives. These applications of a gel medium is important to for two reasons:
1. It provides a layer of protection.
2. It provides a non-porous layer for your next medium. This prevents the mediums to stay separated from each other.
This part, I really enjoy! I get to play with all sorts of acrylics, gelatos, markers and list goes on. Initially, I applied gelatos. I absolutely love gelatos! If you have not tried them, you have to give them a try. They are so creamy and vibrant, it hard not to want them. The Faber-Castell gelatos (Faber-Castell Gelatos Colors Set, Metallics - Water Soluble Pigment Crayons - 15 Metallic Colors by Faber Castell) are my favorite.
I use them in every one of my canvases and art journals. In this canvas, I used the Metallics. I used Iced Current, Metallic Melon, Gold Champagne, and Iced Rose. As you can see, they mix well together and give such luster to the canvas. They emphasize the textured stencil designs and really make them stand out.
I then used a stencil of a rose (Hot Off The Press Roses Stencils, 6" by 6"
by Hot Off The Press) and utilized texture paste (Ranger - Texture Paste - Transparent - Gloss by Ranger Products by Ranger) to create even more dimension. I then, applied the gelatos that I used in the above paragraph.
I then dried it with the craft drying tool and applied a layer of gloss gel medium. This was, dried again using the craft drying tool.
The first image shows the ribbon, up close, I used to frame focal point, the photo. The ribbon was a tan color, initially. I will provide a picture below for you to see. This ribbon was part of my stash, and I do not remember where I got it from. It is a Paper Studio Burlap Ribbion w/Lace Overlay 1.5in x 2yd. I have used it multiple canvases. I will provide a link to something similar (Burlap Wired with Lace 1.5 inch x 10 Yards. Decorative for DIY Crafts and Gift Wrapping - White/Nature by CT CRAFT LLC)
I then took fabric flower petals I had from a party I hosted, to create the large red rose above . I put those on the table for effect. I had plenty left over. Again, this was in my stash, and I do not remember where I purchased it. Here is a link to some gorgeous rose petals (Ling's moment 400PCS Artificial Silk Satin Fabric Rose Petals Mixed Burgundy/Blush/Mauve/Ivory Wedding Party Odorless Flowers Home Hotel Confetti Decoration by Ling's moment). There is such gorgeous variety of rose petals available on Amazon, you will not have any problems finding one you like.
The butterfly and other flowers were in my stash as well. The butterfly was on a gift bag I received a gift in. I saved it, because it was beautiful. I fussy cut the butterfly off the gift bag. The flowers were pre-made, and part of a collection of embellishments, that I'v had for a long time. I no longer remember the brand. Prima marketing makes packs of gorgeous flowers, here is a link (Prima Marketing - Lavender Frost - Flowers - Provincial Garden by Prima Marketing). They were not the color I wanted them to be, so I used matt medium to prime them. I let them dry overnight, then I used my acrylics to paint them to match my design. Many of the jewel embellishments are old jewelry going back to college years, that I saved. If you have old jewelry, it is a great way to add charm and dimension, without paying for a pack of embellishments. Here is a link to some you could buy on amazon: Dandan DIY 100grams Mix Lots Assorted-Bronze Antique Charms Beads Alloy Bronze Pendant Craft Accessory Diy Necklace Bracelet Craft Jewelry Making Supply (Assorted-Bronze)
Next came layers of scrapbook paper (Die Cuts With A View 48-Sheet Premium Stack, 12-inches by 12-inches, Far East by Die Cuts With a View) under the photo to give it depth and interest. Die Cuts With a View makes premium scrapbooking paper. They are amazing. I have many packs from their collection.
Between the layers, I used old card board pieces to bring the photo forward off the canvas and give it a 3-D effect. I also used old foam pieces to use as a base for the flowers and jewelry. I also used black ribbon to unify the black flower, jewels, and black in the scrapbook paper. It also balanced out all the bright and red colors.
Finally I placed protective clear vinyl over the photo to protect it from browning or dust and dirt. VViViD Clear Self-Adhesive Lamination Vinyl 12" x 15ft Roll for Die-Cutters and Vinyl Plotters by VViViD.
The above process for creating this canvas might seem overwhelming. Once you get a hang of the steps, it becomes easier and faster. Sometimes I make 2 or 3 canvases at the same time. When I wait for the mediums to dry, I do other things ( laundry, cook, and so on). I love the creative aspect and the variety of medium you can use. I think you will too.
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