Tea Themed Mixed Media Canvas “Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Wonderful”

 Are coffee or tea on your mind most of the time?  It sure is on ours – summer, winter, fall and spring.  Maybe a Frappuccino in the spring, an iced tea in the summer, a latte in the fall and a mocha in the winter to warm or cool you off in any season.   No matter what your choice might be it is fun to bring our love of the drink into our craft and the Canvas Corp Beans & Bags Collection is a fun way to do that.  This coffee and tea inspired paper line is filled with black and white vintage brew art that is so fun just as it is or you can color it in to create your own color palette.  
The collection is small but mighty with a Beans & Bags Mix and Match Pad, 6 coordinating printed papers and a 13×17 fabric panel. It is the perfect collection for kitchen, breakfast nook or studio art to remind you of your favorite beverage.  Crew member Tracy Evans shares with this wonderful vintage tea themed project that would make a perfect gift, artwork for the kitchen or maybe a piece for your favorite tea house.   
Canvas project
Here is a mixed media canvas that was inspired by my love for tea!  The Canvas Corp Mix and Match Pad – Beans and Bags seemed absolutely perfect for this project and perfectly highlighted my love for tea!
Materials Used:
Canvas Corp – Mix and Match Pad – Beans and Bags
Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist – Woven Burlap
Canvas Corp – Jacobean Clothespins
Texture Paste
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Tools Used:
Palette Knife, Stencil, Rotary Cutter, threads, paint brush
The mix and match pad comes with a piece of printed coffee and tea themed fabric, 6 themed papers, coordinating printed papers and burlap and canvas to match.  16 sheets that are perfect for a wide range of projects and it goes a long way.  See the entire collection here:  Canvas Corp Mix and Match Pads.
Mixed Media Supples
Step 1 – Remove the lid from the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and apply the paint directly onto the canvas.  You can do this with a paint brush, your fingers, or use the tip of the applicator.  There is no right or wrong, just have fun.  You will want to shake the bottle side to side to blend all the great color and mica before you begin.
 Step 1 - Mixed Media (2)
Step 2 – Allow the Glimmer Mist to drip down the canvas and then dry with a heat tool.  Glimmer Mist is great for watercolor looks and the paper or canvas will pick up the various colors in the mist.  You can add more water to lighten the color in spots.
Step 2 - Canvas (2)
Step 3 – Continue to add Glimmer Mist until you are happy with the depth of colour – then dry with a heat tool. Try to keep the ink confined to the center of the canvas, leaving some white space.
Step 3 - Painted Canvas (2)
Step 4 – Apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to a Stripes Stencil, spritz with water and then place the stencil face down onto the canvas.
Step 4 - Distress Ink
Step 5 – Dab the stencil on the reverse side with a piece of paper towel, pressing the towel so that the stencil makes good contact with the canvas – then remove the stencil and dry with a heat tool.
 Step 5 - Distress Inked Canvas
Step 6 – Apply Texture Paste over the Stripes Stencil to add a further layer of interest and added texture to the design.
 Step 6 - Mixed Media Canvas
Step 7 – Add a piece of the Beans and Bags paper behind the rusty pocket watch. Add torn pieces of corrugated card also from the Beans and Bags paper set which again adds more texture.  You can use die cut pieces and make them look rusty, search for actual vintage pocket watch pieces, or make your own.  There are lots of options to get this look.  To create the rust look on objects, the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Kit – Rusty Metal is a great choice.
 Step 7 - Canvas
Step 8 – Add fibers from the Beans and Bags fabric piece; I simply tore some threads from the fabric edges and added them to the canvas. Cut out words such as ‘tea’ from the same fabric and add to the canvas. I attached one piece with a clothespin.
 Step 8 - Tea Canvas
Step 9 – Add a mini spoon to the canvas – perfect for the ‘tea’ theme. This rusty spoon gives more added texture and ages it further.  If you love the look of these spoons keep an eye out for forgotten spoons while garage sale hopping or flea market finding.  You can also paint the bamboo spoons that are so popular and make them you own.  Here is just one place to get disposable bamboo spoons.
 Step 9 - Mixed media vintage canvas
Step 10 – Dab some of the Woven Burlap Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist onto your finger and then dab a touch of colour onto the fabric areas. Add spray to a baby wipe and blend some further colour over the canvas to age. Spritz the spray lightly onto the background and then dry with a heat tool.
Step 10 - Tea canvas
The combination of paper, fabric, metal and found pieces looks amazing together.  Choosing just one mist to tie it all together is a great idea and this piece becomes a work of art that would be welcomed by any wall or easel. Visit Tracy’s blog for more ideas and projects!




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