10 mixed media canvas ideas

I love experimenting with various mediums on canvas. Here are 10 mixed media canvas ideas! :)

My fave colours on a canvas
1. Use your fave colours.

Keep to a simple colour combo and play it up with textures to create visual interest.

Abstract experimentation

2. Try something abstract.

A canvas takes a ton more abuse than paper *winks* so experiment. Try in some stamping, drip some paint and enjoy the process.

For the love of lace and cameo
3. Go for vintage chic.

Not sure if you remembered my gold and lace obsession last year? *LOL* I wanted to use the lace so badly that I just wrapped the canvas in lace! 

A not-so-secret obsession with lace
4. Try a little ombre.

 Graduating tones can be a fun way to add interest to a background.

A decorated Christmas tree and coordinating canvas

5. Put a negative chipboard to good use.

Think of fun ways to create textures on your background. Here I used a negative chipboard + gesso + mists. 

Mixed media canvas with vintage tag

6. Dress up a focal point.

The background was created to complement the vintage tag. What I did was extend the elements from the tag to the canvas and make a backdrop that would create interest but not distract from the focal point.

Dream big canvas with Blue Fern Studios
7. Go monotone.

When you take the guessing game out of choosing colours, you focus on just one thing - textures.

Lace canvas

8. Take inspiration from patterned paper.

The colours for this canvas were pulled from that torn patterned paper [top left corner].

Love it when my "save-it-for-rainy-day" stash gets smaller

9. Create a fun scene.

Add a photo and create a whimsical scene complete with found elements.

My Zeus and Zoe journey

10. Give the majority of your elements the gold treatment.

Use gesso and paint on your elements for a chic pulled-together look. 

There you have it. 10 mixed media canvas ideas. Which is your fave?


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Jasleen Kaur said...

You really have some brilliant ideas on your blog Yvonne. Loved them all. :)

Miae said...

It's so great seeing all these canvases up together! They are all so beautiful Yvonne! I hope they are up on your wall :)

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

This is a lovely post Yvonne! all the gorgeous work in one! gorgeous canvases ..loved them all!

Lynn said...

Everyone of these is a beauty. The lace is wonderful for texture and pattern. The one with the cameo is my favorite...for today.

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Oh wow what wonderful canvases! My favourite is the little scene one with the family! Super fun and cute!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are all fabulous ideas! I loveeeeeeee them!!!!

Sherry Eckblad said...

These are all amazing! I love the first one, oh heck I love them all.

Unknown said...

Wow , thanks for all the tips, they are fantastic, love all these projects, I think the only one I missed was Dreams come true which is just gorgeous! xxx

Audrey Pettit said...

I can never pick a favorite of yours because they are always ALL fabulous, my friend! But I will tell you totally inspired me to embrace gold, a color I always shied away from. :)
LOVE all your canvases and all your creative artistic ideas. Your mixed media work is amazing. I don't tend to make many canvases, myself....think I get a bit experimental with fabrics instead.

SD pooja said...

My Favorite ..All of Them !!

sandi said...

Such a beautiful, beautiful collection. So dazzling looking!

Lisa said...

They are all gorgeous, Yvonne!! I don't know if I could pick a favorite, they are all amazing!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Have a great weekend :)

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Cindy deRosier said...

So many great ideas! I think my fav is #9.

Joni Andaya said...

What FABULOUS projects!!! Love each one :)

Lizzy Hill said...

My favest fave is the very top one...those colours & that texture from the doily, I think it is,anyways, it just 'works' a treat...but you really ARE the MM Queen....whatever do it with ease. Or appear to, which is the same thing, right???!!!!!!!!!!!

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, I couldn't possibly pick a fave. These are fantastic, Yvonne! Such an inspiration-packed post!

Unknown said...

Fantastic work and each one so different from the other.Love them all.

Hussena said...

You always make such gorgeous creations, Yvonne! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and tips :)
Totally in love with the Canvase's #3 and #7. So so beautiful :D

Tone-Lill said...

Brilliant canvases...they are all fantastic but I love the the first one, that is sooooo my colours. Thanks Yvonne for boosting the inspiration. Have a fab weekend :)

Karon said...

Fabulous. Love them all, but I adore number 8!!! Have a great weekend.

yyam said...

Those that are with me are up on the wall. Some are on display at my LSS.😊

Unknown said...

Oh my stars... Everyone of these look amazing. Well done my friend.


Colleen Dietrich said...

Gosh, Yvonne, they are all so dang goooooood! I don't have a fave. The 'dream big' one jumped out at me, because of the more monochromatic look but I love so many more of them.

What do you do with these? Give as gifts? Hang in your own home? Sell?

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