mixed media canvas

Mixed Media Canvas for Creative Embellishments Nov. Challenge

mixed media canvas with chipboard elements

I hope everyone had a chance to be creative this weekend!  I’ve been working on some challenges, which is usually something I struggle with, but I think I’m getting better at anticipating when things are happening and finding new opportunities.

This mixed media canvas I created for Creative Embellishments Nov. challenge.  They had posted a mood board and stipulated that we had to be inspired by at least one thing on the board- the colors, the mushroom, the pumpkins… we also had to incorporate one of their flourishes.

I chose the butterfly for my inspiration.  Also, I was inspired a bit by the orange color on the board, though my oranges are brighter and bolder and mixed with red.


  • First, I adhered some torn tissue wrap to the surface of my canvas, focusing on the two corners.
  • I used a honeycomb stencil to add texture paste over the tissue wrap.
  • Now for color!!  I splashed india ink in three colors (orange, bright red and crimson) on the surface, focusing on the corners so those areas would be the most vibrant.
  • Once it was all dry, I added some white ink in between the two corners to help the orange blend into the canvas a bit.
  • Now for some chipboard elements.  I wanted to color them with the same colors I used on the canvas, so I needed to paint them white first.  I actually adhered the butterflies to the canvas first since it’s easier to paint them when they are stuck in place.
  • To color the butterflies, I put a couple drops of black ink in the middle, and a few drops of colored ink to the outside and let the wet ink blend together on their own.  I love the way they look!
  • I sanded a piece of rectangular chipboard, painted it with white gesso, and stamped the word Beauty onto it to add an element of text.
  • I used some paper butterflies for my final element.  Before I adhered them I sprayed them with water and inked the points of each wing.  Making them wet first helps the ink to spread a little more and really blend nicely into the paper.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I’d love to hear your comments and ideas… Do you use the same techniques?  Different variations?  Let me know!  I love being inspired by you!

3 replies
  1. toni
    toni says:

    What a beautiful mixed media canvas… I so enjoyed watching your creative process on Youtube…. This is gorgeous ! Thank you for creating with us at Creative Embellishments


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