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The last-minute mixed media canvas...


12x12 mixed media canvas

Text-message conversation with my mother two Fridays ago...

"Can you make an art piece for my colleague's house-warming lunch party on Sunday?"
"Huh? So last-minute? Dunno if I can finish in time. What size? Colour? Theme?"
"Just like the one you taught in class last week. I will get the photo for you."
"What? I don't repeat designs. And that took many many hours over a week...Oh well, I need a good quality photo."

Photo was finally emailed to me late Saturday afternoon....


Now, what do you do when you are crunched for time? You cheat, right? [I really mean, take a shortcut..really...*winks*]

So I distressed a 12x12 patterned paper and adhered to the base of a 12x12 canvas with matte gel. Then I painted the paper with a coat of clear gesso. Afterwhich, I lightened some areas of the paper with watered-down gesso.


After stamping [random text] the edges to add depth and map out my "visual triangle", I adhered mesh tape and applied Liquitex Sand Resin medium and Liquitex Blended Fibers mediums with The Crafter's Workshop stencils. When that dried, I added my first layer of colours with Faber Castell Gelatos.


You can see that the Liquitex Blended Fibers medium gives a very subtle texture [the random arcs] while the Liquitex Resin Sand medium [the area near the mesh tape] gives a more grainy texture. The glittered bits on the top right corner are mica flakes.


Then comes the fun and most time-consuming part...embellishing. I started embellishing this canvas on Saturday night...until I couldn't keep my eyes open [which was like 10pm...yeah, late nights are not my thing...*LOL*]...


Then I woke up at 5am to continue embellishing [okay, I woke up to watch South Park on cable...they show it at odd hours... *winks*]. And finally finished the canvas at 11.30am, took some photos and sent it off with my mother [okay, so I took time out to eat breakfast, worked out, did my laundry, vacuumed the floor before I completed the canvas...hey nothing like last-minute finishing touches, right? *LOL*].

There you have it....the story of my last-minute mixed media canvas. What do you think?

P/s: If you are interested in learning more about how I created depth and the textures on this mixed media canvas, please read this post on The Crafter's Workshop blog - How to create depth and textures.


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22 comments:

lavina agarwal said...

Wow its so pretty. Does not look like a last minute canvas at all! Love the beige background and the lovely pop of colors.. Not to mention the amazing texture!
Thanks for your sweet comment on the mixed media with my little one post..we too miss ya..planning to visit sydney any time soon?

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Yes..does not look like last minute..you say you took a shortcut but still its has plenty of textures n mediums..:)I loved the visual triangle,textures colors EVERYTHING !!

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Radhika said...

its gorgeous.. love the textures and embellishments..it doesn't look like last minute project its perfect..

CREATIVE KHADIJA said...

This is awesome, so wonderful detail and pretty design. love it loads :)

Lizzy Hill said...

Oh MY!! Shows how much you love your mother, is all I can say....& of course, there's a bit of the call of a challenge going on in there too!!! LOOOVE the result....& I don't think you've cheated at all with the bg pp...if it works...it works!!!

Audrey Pettit said...

I'd say you absolutely came to the rescue with this fabulous last-minute canvas, Yvonne! One would never know you had to rush with this! I LOVE it! Gorgeous color! Love the mica flakes! Totally fabulous!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

HA!! I have been there ... co-worker says, "can you do such and such for me tonight?" ... lol!! The story of our lives, right??? They don't realize this stuff takes time! HA!! I loveeeeeeeee your end result! GORGEOUS colors and loving the flowers!!!!!

~amy~ said...

This is awesome, you're such a trooper!

Helen Tilbury said...

I saw this at CW. Excellent job!

Cindy deRosier said...

It's fabulous! I've done some last minute stuff too. People who don't craft never seem to realize how long it takes to make something!

Lisa said...

My gosh, this is stunning!! It doesn't look last minute at all!! Wow, the design, the colors, the details - all are fabulous!! I know they loved this - it's amazing!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Annette Allen said...

wow you work great under pressure..this is amazing..

Charlene said...

I want your last minute lol!! Fabulous!!!!!!!!

Shelly said...

Yeah, so this is AWESOME!!! And talk about pressure! lol Though, you ROCKED it! ;)

Sharon Fritchman said...

WOW! And this was last minute? I absolutely love it and can't wait to read about how to create depth and texture!!!!

Ashley Horton said...

It's gorgeous Yvonne! I love all of the texture!!

Lynn said...

You did it! I would never guess that you were crunched for time. This looks like it took you days just to dry it. You are the'wonder woman' of crafting....does your mother know that you are extraordinary and regular crafters don't double as short order craft cooks?

Sherry Eckblad said...

Wow, what a fabulous daughter you are. I hope that got you some bonus points with your Mom.
Can't believe that you created that in less than 48 hours.

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Wow. This so doesn't look "last minute". It's completely amazing!

Tone-Lill said...

It for sure dosn't look like a last minute job, it is absolutely gorgeous... we all knows how much work there is behind a mixed media project...so I think you have made a fantastic job on this on....love it!!!

Michelle Looi said...

Amazingly BEAUTIFUL! The recipient is so lucky to have this!

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