Sunday, 14 June 2015

Shabby chic mixed media canvas - a lady and a gentleman

Our wedding anniversary will be on July 7th. This happy occasion inspired me to make this mixed media canvas.

In winter I had seen at Anette Green Tim Holtz's Festive Gent holding a heart in his hand instead of wreath. This gave me the idea to use this gent for my celebration canvas. 

My other favourite is the Lady from the Victorian Carolers what I used so many times.

For making this canvas I took a 18x24 cm (7x9") stretched and primed canvas and I put one layer of gesso on it.

After I cut out the main elements, the gent and the lady.

I cut out the heart with Tim's Love Struck die but I had to cut it smaller with scissors.

I put some torn book paper and music sheet on the canvas and I glued them with gesso on the canvas.

With Tim's stencil I put bubbles into two corners.

Then I stamped nice sentiments with Tim's saying stamps and a StazOn ink pad.

I used a new chalk acrylic paint but I wasn't very happy with this :-( Anyway, I put some greyish green on the left corner, green in the middle and I tried to put a soft pink on the lower right corner. And some brown to the edges. I used sponge to put the paint on the canvas.

When it was dry I put Tim Crackle Paint on some parts.

And of course, I added my favourite lace from Tim.

I painted white the figures, I waited to dry and I put some Tea Dye ink to the edges.

I cut out the branches and flowers from white paper and I added Tea Dye to the edges.

I arranged the elements and after I started to glue them on.

You can see fine crackles on the figures and on the canvas too.

With this canvas I'd like to enter to:

The "Celebrations" Challenge of A Vintage Journey

The "Shabby chic" Challenge of Country View Challenges

What I used:


  1. Lovely canvas and such a great reason for a celebration. Love your alterations to the die cuts. Happy Anniversary and thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  2. what a lovely canvas Monika - so pretty in the white and blue , wonderful textures with the torn papers, stenciling and crackle - thank you for joining us in the AVJ Celebrations challenge! Julia xx

  3. It's so delicately pretty, and I love how you altered the die-cuts and found the appropriate words. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x


Thank you for your lovely comments, I really appreciate it!