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DIY Wall Art: Simple mixed media canvas

Mixed Media Canvas 1

Learn how to make mixed media wall art! Let's start with a simple mixed media on canvas using lace, ribbons, metal embellishments and acrylic paints. To see how the canvas above was made, you'll find a link to a video tutorial at the end of this page.


- premade canvas, size 20 x 20 cm, I used a flat canvas
- page from an old book
- cotton lace
- crocheted white cotton yarn
- burlap ribbon
- craft glue or matt medium to adhere paper and ribbons
- matt medium or transparent gesso to cover and protect them
- white gesso: I used Lefranc & Bourgeois
- acrylic paints: I used turqoise blue, turqoise green and pewter by Amsterdam, gold by Plus Color and matt black by A'Color
- a script stamp and paint splash stamps, mine are from a Viva Decor's vintage stamp set (optional)
- harlequin stencil
- modeling paste
- various brushes (and a foam dauber)
- metal embellishments
- wooden buttons
- acrylic gems
- a pick up tool (optional)
- gel medium or industrial glue to adhere metal embellishments and other embellishments
- a word strip for a title, mine is home made


You can see the starting point of this canvas in the photo below. Although the layout is very simple, it took a few hours to make this canvas with all those details. You must also let everything dry before you go on to the next step.

Tutorial: Mixed media canvas with acrylic paint

The best way to learn the process of making mixed media art is to watch somebody make it - that's why I made a video tutorial. It's a step by step video with voice over (about 16 minutes), so you can hear everything explained while you're watching the video!


Mixed media canvas FLY FREE - How to make

You'll find the video tutorial and more photos of the mixed media canvas "Fly Free" on Youtube:

Youtube: Mixed media canvas Fly Free

© Auer Media / 2018-07-08