Mixed Media Canvas | Photo Tutorial

Hello everyone,

This is Hussena here to share the inspiration for this month’s challenge which is quite an interesting one. We are asking you to create a project based on any photo inspiration of your choice, so the possibilities are quite endless !

I was inspired by this gorgeous picture I found on Instagram and wanted to make a canvas based on it .I also have a step by step on my creative process. Hope you will enjoy it 🙂



But here’s a look at the canvas I have created and some detailed shots before we proceed :






Here’s how I went about  creating this Canvas :

Step 1 – I have used a canvas board which is 6 inches X 7 inches in size for my base .I prepped the surface with some Gesso and Prima Texture Powder to give it some tooth.


Step 2 –  After priming the base with Gesso, I then painted the entire canvas with Prima Egg Blue Chalkboard Paint using a broad, flat brush.


Step 3 – Once my background was painted, I  started gathering my supplies to embellish my canvas. I first die cut some oval frame using Spellbinders Elegant Oval dies from a watercolor paper which is 300 gsm in thickness.


Step 4 – I then started to work some colors on my background using Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays .I have used Rose color below.I then gessoed my oval frame and colored it using the Rose Color spray.


Step 5 – I wanted to incorporate some foiling in my project so I used the Prima Adhesive Rub Ons along with some Prima Golden Girl Foil Sheets.I selected a script pattern for my canvas.


Step 6 – The shine that this foil gives is really very beautiful.I found that this adhesive rub on works better on very smooth surfaces like paper rather than a uneven texture of canvas.


Here’s a close up of the foiling I did, as you can see it has some partial foiling in it  rather than a crisp image. This was due to the uneven surface of the canvas.


Step 7 – Once the foiling was done I added in more texture using the Tim Holtz Lace stencil along with texture paste which I made by mixing Gesso with the Prima Texture Powder and a little bit of Heidi Swapp Color Shine Raspberry spray which  I stencilled through the Tim Holtz Lace stencil.


Step 8 – To create my flowers, I die-cut some flowers using a white cardstock and colored them using the Rose color from Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray.


Step 9 –  To further create some foliage and flower sprays for my canvas, I stamped the leaves and flowers from the Paper Smooches Botanicals 3 set using the Prima Lime Pie Chalk ink and some Altenew inks from the Four Scoops Mini set.


After stamping and fussy cutting the flowers, I embossed them using a embossing stylus and added a pollen in the centre to make a dimensional flower.

Step 10– Finally, I added some hexagon die cuts in the background to accent it and also used a butterfly to finish off my canvas.



Supplies used :

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Gray & White

Prima Marketing 5×7 Watercolor Panel

Bazzill Cardstock 12×12″ Classic White

Core’dinations Kraft Core By Tim Holtz 12″X12″ 24/Pkg – Nostalgic

Faber Castell Gesso Jar 100ml

Prima Marketing Chalkboard Paint 8.5oz Eggblue

Prima Marketing Texture #2 Finnabair Art Basics Double-Ended Brush Set 4/Pkg

Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements Dies Elegant Ovals

Tim Holtz Layered Stencil 4.125″X8.5″ – Lace

Paper Smooches Clear Stamps 4″X6″ – Botanicals

Hero Arts Acrylic Stamping Block

Hero Arts Acrylic Block 4.75″X 6

Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz 3/Pkg – Sweetheart

Studio Calico Mister Huey’s 1oz Misting Spray – Inky Black

Altenew Four Scoops Ink Pad Pack

Prima Marketing Golden Girl Rub-On Foil Sheets 6″X12″ 6/Pkg

Prima Marketing Silver Vellum 8.5″X11″ 10/Pkg

Prima Marketing Adhesive Rub-Ons By Christine Adolph – Postmark & Butterflies

Prima Marketing Art Ingredients: 3D Powder Fine: Texture Powder 100ml

McGill Tool Paper Blossoms Tool Kit & Case

Zing! Glitter Embossing Powder 1oz – Gold

Ranger Heat It Craft Tool European Version 220V

Prima Chalk Fluid Ink Pad – Lime Pie

Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black

Studio Gold Foiled Gift Wrap 30″X30″ 2/Pkg – Gold Glitter


To enter this month’s challenge, here are the guidelines:

  1. Create a project – Project Inspired by a Photo.
  2. Upload your entry at our Member Gallery and link us up in this thread in the forum “August 2016 Challenge – Project inspired by a Photo
  3. All entries are due by August 31, 2016.
  4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.



A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.
All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.
I hope you liked my project. If you did and also have any queries please do let me know in the comments below.

Thank You!

– Hussena