Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mixed Media Collage Canvas Using Artistcellar Stencils

This week I wanted to make a small house warming gift for a family with a young girl.  What do girls love?  SHOES!  That will be the focal point of my canvas.  I'll show you the finished project and then if you're interested it will be followed with a step by step tutorial.

I started out with a 6" by 6" white canvas.  I pulled the shoe out of my reject stash of projects since the young lady's bedroom is a lilac color and this shoe has just the right colors in it.  I made sure it would fit on the canvas first.

  I used the Fibo stencil from the Artistcellar Quasicrystals Series collection, some Pan Pastels and a cotton ball to apply color to the canvas.   I decided to use two colors of blue, Turquoise and Phthalo Blue Shade for the background.   I removed the shoe and placed the stencil over the canvas, I just applied the pastels with a cotton ball.

I knocked the canvas against a trash basket to remove the excess chalk and smeared some of it on the edges.  Then to tone the color down a little I used white gesso with another of the Quasicrystals Series stencils called Quasi.  

When the gesso was dry I could attach the shoe with pop dots.  I added the uplifting word "Fly" which is a Stampotique stamp on a piece of scrap paper.  I tore the edges of the paper and applied a little Distress Ink in the Tumbled Glass color.  The word is also attached with pop dots to raise it up a little.

It is always good to keep projects that don't turn out like you expected since they might be perfect later in a a collage of sorts like this one.  It saves you a lot of time and energy.  I had fun making this and I'm sure she will enjoy it.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I look forward to seeing you next Tuesday with more stenciling ideas. ~ Renee


  1. Gesso is my friend! I'm learning not to judge it while it is wet. lol This is an adorable canvas art! I hope the girl isn't too young or she'll want to grown up real fast so she can get a pair of shoes like that beauty.

  2. I love this little canvas. Great way of using stencils on top of each other and the colours are beautiful together...
    Corrie x

  3. Gee Renee, I really love the look of those pan pastels with the Fibo stencil!(one of my favorites!) When I first saw your canvas I was wondering what medium you used for the blue because it really stood out-I love it! And what a thoughtful gift- I am sure the daughter will love your canvas!!I remember wearing heels like that-YIKES! xoxo

  4. I want a pair of shoes just like these! Smiles to you~
    Fun, fun, fun!

  5. Though much shorter now, when I was in my early 20's, I was 5'11" and often wore 3" heals. Today, I would never even think of wearing heals. But, I love this shoe art you have created for your young friend! I especially love the second stencil and gesso and how you used it in just certain areas of the canvas. She will love it!!!

  6. You have a way, my friend. This is fun and I loved seeing how you got there. Came out great. That shoe scares me.