stencils and canvas

while i probably wouldn’t classify myself as a ‘mixed media artist’… i DO love to get my hands all dirty playing with sprays, paints, inks and all kinds of different mediums! for years, i have loved to play with masks, stencils, foam stamps… and now that i have stencils again back in my line up, it’s been so much fun to PLAY and experiment- that whole “experimenting’ is a critical part of the creative process… i highly encourage some play time! Today… Jamie Pate shares a beautiful happy project that would make such a lovely piece of art in your home, or a wonderful gift… i always love Jamie’s soft textures, and inspiring results! take a look at this simple, yet fabulous piece:


I love to play around with mixed media art. It is one of those exercises that really has no rules. There is therapy in adding paint and stamps and paper and stencils to a blank canvas. Time does not always allow for me to play as much as I would love. But when this weeks Stencil Mania came up, I knew that some sort of mixed media would be involved for my project.

Today’s project is fairly simple and straightforward. I am going to show you how a few bottles of Color Shine and a couple of the Heidi Swapp Stencils can be the jumping off place to a fun canvas piece.

This project starts with an 8×10 canvas. The 12×12 Hexagon and the 6×6 Butterfly stencils were used to create this background. Mustard and Georgia Peach Color Shine was used first. An ombre effect of sorts was created by adding a bit of the Mustard Shine first and then a few sprays of the Georgia Peach. Now remember…mixed media can be very subjective. It can be hard to replicate exactly. So here today I just want to show you what the stencils can do. But know that you may not get this exact color variation on your project if you were to try this. Hopefully this will be an inspiration piece for you to show you just what a great effect you can get from the Stencils and mixing the Color Shine.

The fabulous 6×6 Butterfly stencils was used to make the next layer. (I may or may not be a huge fan of that particular stencil). I used Primrose Color Shine to give these shapes a good pop of color. To achieve this look, I placed the Butterfly stencil on the canvas, then used washi tape to keep it in place. Then I used paper towels to cover all the areas I did NOT want the Shine to show. And that’s how I was able to have only four of the butterflies show when there are actually six on the stencil.

Now that the background is in place, which I love by the way, it is time to play.

Color Magic Letterbox Alphas were used to spell CREATE. They were sprayed with Primrose Color Shine. I wanted them to have a bit of lift on the canvas, so they are attached with hot glue. You could also use dimensional tape to achieve the same effect.

The Chipboard Alphas with Resist were used to spell JOY. I wanted these to be a slightly different pink, and I did not want the resist dots to show through too much, so I used a pink acrylic paint to color. I like how the paint is just transparent enough to show a bit of the dots. Remember to make products work for you. Just one way is to paint embellishments.

EVERYDAY was cut on my Silhouette on white card stock. It was then sprayed with Primrose Color Shine. I added small dabs of liquid adhesive to only a few places on the back so that it would have a bit of a floating feel on the canvas.

The rest of the canvas is embellished with vintage sequins, Gold Confetti Arrow Rub Ons from Pink Paislee, a doily. tag, a clip and I trimmed off the ‘Serendipity’ word from the info strip at the bottom of one of the Serendipity 12 x12 pattern papers.

There are so many levels of detail you can achieve with the new Stencils. I showed you a real basic way to make a canvas background with a few of the patterns. You can also add more stenciling with more Color Shine, or paint or stamp ink. There are lots more embellishments you could add to your project too. The possibilities are truly endless. Hoping today this little piece simply gets your creativity inspired to make pretty stuff with these fabulous stencils.

i just love the look that Jamie achieved on the background here with the lovely mix of colors as she blends the different colors! there is so much versatility with these stencils and color sprays…it’s so exciting! i hope you will get your hands on some sooN!

ps: have you see the beautiful project using Color Shine and Color Magic file folders? it’s stunning. go and look


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