Saturday, February 20, 2016


Good Morning snarky peeps! We have a fun challenge starting today at the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS! It's all the rage right now - Mixed Media! So grab your inks, paints, stencils, stamps, gesso, texture paste, do-dads and what-nots and have some fun! I really embraced this challenge and stepped wwwaaayyyyyyy outside my comfort zone to make a mixed media canvas! Grab your favorite beverage and a snack, because this is a photo heavy post:


Ok, so I can't take credit for this. I pretty much CASEd a canvas by Gabrielle Pollacco, on her blog: Such a Pretty Mess. Thank you Gabrielle!! What's more, she made a video tutorial on how she made her canvas! Score! Also, hers is a 6" x 6" canvas as mine is an 8" x 10". Also, I don't own any of the things she used, except for maybe the gesso, I winged the rest of it. My supply list, as always, is at the very bottom of my post. It's lllloooonnnnnggggggg! I'm not going to go through step by step to tell you how I made this, but I did remember to take some pictures along the way. Just watch her video and you'll find I pretty much followed what she did. Sort of.

Some of the things I used, but not the Matte Medium, because the cap is glued to the bottle with Matte Medium. I still can't get that giant bottle open!

First layer: acrylic paints, gesso, cheesecloth, I mixed Graphite Glimmer Mist with some Gesso to add some gray smudges in the top corners and randomly in the blue area.

Gessoed and inked chipboard - the chair and umbrella store bought, the fence I die cut 4 times from kraft paper, stacked, and glued together. 

I stamped around the top portion edges of the canvas with a texture stamp I found in my stash and never used until now. I was following the video little by little, and covered the bottom corner with gesso like Gabrielle did on hers. In hindsight, just like her, I should have just left it as is. (facepalm) I fixed it by stippling more paint carefully under the netting later. The 'ocean' is texture paste. Once it dried, I thought it was still too stark white, so I sponged over it some with Mermaid Lagoon DI. My spare bedroom has a nautical theme to it, and I have netting on the wall over the bed with starfish entwined in it. I just cut a chunk off and used it here! LOL!

I die cut HAPPY 4 times, stacked, glued and gessoed. Then I used ink to distress it some. I glued the chair, umbrella and fence. Added the hat/sand pail dimensional stickers, and started gluing real shells, sea glass and shark teeth, all from my personal collections of them. The seagulls are ancient rub ons. I rubbed them onto white cardstock, fussy cut and glued down. 

Some close ups:
I added seed beads and pearls for a finishing touch.

I thought the umbrella was too washed out, so I went over the outlines with a fine tipped pen, and colored the underside with a Spectrum Noir marker. Much better. 

One last look at the finished product:

I gotta tell ya, this was so much fun to make! By not stressing about not having the exact items Gabrielle used on her canvas, and using what I had, it freed me to just get messy, and inky, and have fun just creating something new (to me)! I really hope you will join us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers for our Mixed Media challenge! Be sure to link up so we can see what you created! While there, please leave some love for my Sistahs and our newest Queen and Guest Designer - Lorraine (a.k.a. Lols)! 

Thanks for visiting and congratulations for getting all the way through my long winded, photo heavy post! Have a great day and now go forth and get your craft on!

I'd like to enter this at:
Creative Artiste Challenge #11 - ATG with mixed media

Michael's canvas;  Golden Gesso;  Adirondack - acrylic paint - Butterscotch, Cloudy Blue, Stream, Espresso;  Tatered Angels - Graphite Glimmer Mist;  Ranger DI - Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, Hickory Smoke, Peeled Paint, Mermaid Lagoon, Walnut Stain;
Colorbox - Chestnut Roan, Black;  American Crafts - Texture stamp;  Various paint brushes, painters knife, sponge, paper towels (LOTS of paper towels!);  Bradshaw Corp - cheese cloth;  Netting from my guest bedroom wall!;  Cousin - seed beads;  Studio 112 - pearls;  Jolee's Boutique - dimensional stickers;  mystery seagull rub-ons; Darice - kraft paper; Grand Calibur;  Simon Says Stamp - Happy Birthday die; Slice die cutter and Toil & Trouble cartridge(for fence);  Dreamweaver embossing paste;  Fab Scraps - chipboard umbrella and chair;  Spectrum Noir GG2 marker;  Faber Castell - Black PITT Artist pen;  Ranger - Glossy Accents;  Helmar 450 glue


  1. What a beauty - I'm not the best at mixed-media but you have no such problem with this art form! Jo x

  2. Awesome canvas, fab. job, I giggled when I read about the netting (priceless) I can't imagine starting with an 8 X 10 canvas. I bought 5 X 7 ones to try but chickened out lol.

  3. This is uhhhhmazing, Chris! I so agree about the ocean being a happy place! You nailed the mixed media challenge here! Love the scene, love the texture, love the netting.... but my favorite part has to be all the real shells, glass, and bits you added from your personal collection. Makes this a fabulous memento of happy vacation days!

  4. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa super awesome canvas sistah!!!I can't believe you used your interior design supplies on your project LOL I am going to look for the missing chunk when I come visit! LMAO

  5. Just WOW. So well done, Chris. I don't care if you CASEd it for inspiration, you still had to pull it off — and did you ever!

  6. Awesome job Chris! Now you have fun art work to hang in your spare bedroom.

  7. Fabulous canvas Chris! the whole design of this is brilliant! It takes you right to summer LOVE it :-)

    thanks for inviting me to join you this week and for the warm welcome :-)

    Lols x x x
    p.s I have just posted a blog candy if you're interested ;-)

  8. This is so cool and a great work of art! Love it!

  9. Wow Chris, how amazing is mixed media? You have created a wonderful piece of artwork and I have been sitting here for a while now admiring all the detail...a really beautiful project! :) Donna ♥ x

  10. A real beach comber's paradise! You can see what fun you had making this, it sparkles through the whole creation

  11. I love the ocean theme ...gorgeous!! Thanks for joining us at
    Kerry DT


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