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The Art is Talking to Me Again

I've captured my play on video as I worked on a mixed media canvas with pico embellisher, inks, and stencils

When I create, the art starts to talk to me. As I added the deli paper words to this mixed media canvas, I found it very telling that the only word to not go down “properly”, “correctly”, or “perfectly” of these 3 was dare.

Dare is a strong word to me…Dare to try. Dare to play. Dare to let it happen and be okay.

I've captured my play on video as I worked on a mixed media canvas with pico embellisher, inks, and stencilsI had carefully, well as carefully as I do anything, arranged the deli paper words to be sure they would be seen in the final piece. The blue of the paint under the word courage obscured it quite a bit more than I anticipated. This was a reminder to me that art takes courage. The courage to create, to try, to dare to see what will happen.

What did I use to add layers to this mixed media canvas in the video? Products introduced to me thanks to IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko. These embellishers write over anything and the ink works like a dream with stencils and deli paper.

Watch Mixed media tutorial with irresistible pico embellisher on YouTube.

This canvas has been in the making for a very long time. Here’s a video from almost a year ago that shows the steps leading up to today’s video.

Watch how this mixed media canvas started on YouTube thanks to Kiala Givehand’s Inspiration Deck.

I've captured my play on video as I worked on a mixed media canvas with pico embellisher, inks, and stencils

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  • Heather Warner-Ferguson December 2, 2014, 7:48 pm

    Love this canvas project- turning something you are not so keen on into something colorful and super fun! Great job

  • Jean Marmo December 2, 2014, 10:06 pm

    Love how you use the deck of cards! The stenciled words are terrific!

  • Ruth L December 3, 2014, 3:11 am

    Love the end result Carolyn, it is a fabulous canvas now, I think I still remember the take one. šŸ™‚

  • Pam Wildeboer December 3, 2014, 3:09 pm

    Absolutely love the playfulness and color! I am loving all your new stencils too!

  • Corrine December 3, 2014, 6:01 pm

    Gosh I hope it is talking, let it babble on, this rocks. xox

  • Vicki ross December 3, 2014, 6:22 pm

    Wow! Love this canvas, Carolyn…so cheerful

  • Susie Carranza December 4, 2014, 4:47 pm

    love it – so much color & energy. beautiful!

  • carrie January 5, 2015, 1:38 pm

    Hi Carolyn, please tell me do you use the waxed side of the deli paper or not. I had some with shiny and dull side and am not sure which side to use. Is there any difference which side we use? Thanks for a reply. Carrie

    • Carolyn Dube January 6, 2015, 1:09 pm

      I use whatever side I grab…don’t really notice any big differences in my deli paper as to the results. Hope that helps Carrie!

      • carrie January 7, 2015, 11:30 am

        Thank you! Have a nice day…love all the colors that you are using. Carrie