The almost ruined mixed media canvas....a tutorial


I grew up believing that a real artist is one who can draw and paint. Now that I'm dabbling in mixed media, I really think that we can all be artists....with the right "tools" of course...*winks*. Scroll down for the tutorial on how I created this mixed media canvas for The Crafter's Workshop.

I started with scrunched up wrapping tissue which I adhered with Liquitex matte gel medium [If you don't have this, you can substitute with 2 parts white glue and 1 part water]. After a layer of gesso, I added colours using Derwent Inktense blocks and water [If you prefer pastel colours, you can use Faber Castell gelatos instead.]. 

 Then I stamped along the edges using a Stampers Anonymous stamp and Ranger Archival Ink. 

Next I applied Liquitex Light Modeling Paste through The Crafter's Workshop stencil. Now I love light modeling paste because the texture is light and fluffy, easy to spread, dries fairly quickly and holds peaks...perfect for a little texture on my tree trunk.

Then I added colour to my trunk and branches using Art Anthology Sorbet paint. This dimensional paint adds texture and sparkle. After that I painted in my leaves using Daler Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylics and a small paintbrush. [You can use any acrylic paints for this but I love the shimmer in these.]

I "finished" my tree with Golden gold mica flakes and painted the edges of the canvas with blue paint.

Here's a closeup so you can see the textures.

My intention was to include an inspiring quote but I totally "ruined" it and had to salvage the canvas by adding a photo of my niece on it...Good save, eh? *High fives all around.*

P/s: Happy weekend friends!


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I love hanging out with the boys!


So I really love hanging out with the boys [aka nephews] because they are always up to some mischief and tell really corny jokes. *winks*

I found some old photos of them and thought it would be great to have a layout to show how they've "grown" in 6 months. The photos were printed in colour but didn't stand out on my "abstract" background so I printed another set in black and white and added them with 3D dots.

The background was created with residual mists and The Crafter's Workshop stencils. And after misting the Maya Road chipboard letters, I just had to add the Art Anthology stone effects paint for that gritty texture.
Playing along with Pagemaps.


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A wall hanging for Xyron and Maya Road....a tutorial


This week, the team at Xyron will be showcasing products from Maya Road with daily giveaways on the Xyron blog. :) I made a wall hanging with a Maya Road chipboard album. Scroll down for the full tutorial.

I sprayed the Maya Road chipboard album with a Dylusions ink spray.

Next I cut some scallop frames from The Crafter's Workshop die and misted them with Dylusions ink sprays.

Then I coloured the Maya Road chipboard alphas with a black Sharpie.

To create texture on the chipboard, I coated them with Art Anthology stone effects paint. Now you can skip the black Sharpie if you want some of the raw chipboard to show through. 

Then comes the fun part...the assembly! I glued the scallop frames to the chipboard album using the Xyron Teresa Collins Clear Hold Adhesive.

I like the 3D effect on my photos so I printed two copies and fussy-cut them. For the base layer, I adhered with the Xyron Mega Runner. For the top layer, I added the Xyron foam squares.

After adhering the photos and chipboard, I outlined with a white pen for more interest.

I also added a Maya Road kraft owl along with googly eyes and Maya Road wood shaped buttons.

I used a cute wooden hanger to clip my chipboard album...and added some tassels at the bottom. 

There you have it...a fun and easy wall hanging. Don't forget to check out what my teamies did and leave a comment for your chance to win some Xyron products every day this week over on the Xyron blog.


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That sweet smile..and flat nose

Cute Sophie

So I've pulled out photos of niece Sophie from the last few years...and noticed the same sweet smile. And flat nose [ahem...from her mother's side of the family,,,*winks*]

My mother claims that my sharp nose was the result of her religious "pulling of the nose" when I was a child. Not sure if there's any truth to that but Sophie does what her grandma says...let's see if it works in a couple of years...*LOL*

I played the new summer collection from The Crafter's Workshop and used old patterned paper stash from Sassafras and Crate Paper...some handmade felt blooms and yes, I even took out a Martha Stewart punch to use.

Playing along with Sketchabilities.


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Mixed media canvas with found objects....a tutorial


It's deeply satisfying for me when I incorporate found objects on my mixed media canvas. On this canvas, I used vegetable netting and some old lighting parts.

I started with a 6 x 6 canvas and my found objects..and Liquitex matte medium.

I adhered the vegetable netting was not big enough to cover the whole canvas so I arranged the lighting parts to create "unity" between the elements. Adhere all the elements with matte medium and let them dry naturally.

After a layer of gesso over the netting and lighting parts, I used The Crafter's Workshop stencil and Liquitex light modeling paste to fill up the "white" space [Not sure if you've noticed, I like to have every inch of my canvas covered...*LOL*].

Once everything was dry, I applied a layer of silver metallic paint from Art Anthology. It's more of a glaze paint so it added a subtle colour all over with a touch of shimmer. Then I dripped the Daler-Rowney pearlescent paints and spritzed water until I got a background I liked.

Then it was time to embellish...some blooms [mix up the materials to create more interest], leaves, a chain and a charm.

To add more "depth" to the piece, I added Silks acrylic glazes to blend everything together. It's handy to have a wet rag so that you can wipe off and dab the paints if necessary. Or just use your fingers to blend. The beauty of glazes is that they layer beautifully and you can still see the colours underneath. :)

Then I went in with a little more green paint on the top half of the canvas...and also painted the sides of the canvas blue.

I didn't like the "made with love" charm when I first glued it down because it was too "shiny" and didn't really go with the rest of the elements....but the glazes really helped to blend everything together.

Here you can clearly see how the different colours create depth and texture...[bet you are going to hoard vegetable netting now right? *winks*].

Hope you can give your found objects some love and incorporate them in your art pieces.

P/s: Happy weekend friends!


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Lust resort: which Xyron for you? *winks*

Now you've seen me use Xyron products on my projects. And heard me raving about how awesome they are. I thought it would be helpful to run through 6 of my must-have Xyron products. 

Caution: Read at your own risk..side effects include seeing money flying out of your wallet...*winks*
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1. The Xyron 5" Creative Station

If you are a cardmaker or do primarily smaller projects, then the Xyron 5" Creative Station is the machine for you. Even though I primarily use the permanent adhesive cartridge for my projects, you can also buy the temporary adhesive, laminator and magnetic cartridges for all your home/office/school projects.

It is super easy to use and mess-free. Just feed your item in and roll the handle. You will get an even layer of adhesive that you can peel off and apply immediately OR set it aside like you would a sticker. What I do to maximize the use of the adhesive if my item is smaller than 5" is to slot in some paper scraps that I can use for future projects. 

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2. The Xyron 9" Creative Station

If you into home decor projects that are bigger than 5 inches, then go for the Xyron 9" Creative Station. Like the Xyron 5" Creative Station, there are also options for the laminator and magnetic cartridges. It also comes with a remover cut bar that you can use without the machine. 

It is my fave go-to machine for my altered boxes. No more wet messy adhesive..just measure, cut your paper/fabric, run it through the machine and paste! :)

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3. The Xyron 3" Sticker Maker

If you are into small projects and just need permanent adhesive, then go for the Xyron 3" Sticker Maker. It's small and handy and makes making a sticker a breeze. The nephews LOVE using this...[okay it's the only one I let them use...*LOL*]. 

The only downside is that you can't buy adhesive refills for it. But once you are done with it, just put it in the recycle bin...all the parts are recyclable.

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4. The Xyron Mega Runner

The Xyron Mega Runner is the primary adhesive I use for all my layouts and cards. 100" of acid-free tape glue and the ergonomic handle makes this my fave dry adhesive dispenser ever. You can buy refill cartridges of 1/2 or 1/4 inch.

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Of course, there's also a pink Teresa Collins version if pink is your thing...

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5. The Xyron Plier Stapler

Also under the Teresa Collins range of products is the Xyron Plier Stapler. I LOVE that it is a super heavy-duty stapler...perfect for stapling thick materials down. No more unsuccessful stapling!

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6. Xyron adhesive eraser cube

The Xyron adhesive eraser is great for removing excess adhesive on your projects. I love that it works as a eraser for graphite pencil too.

There you have it. 6 of my must-have Xyron products. Which one will you be getting? *winks*


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