Vintage Photo “Family” Canvas

 Mixed Media is a very creative and personal craft, colors, techniques and style come out in each mixed media artists work and they can make it more personal by adding family photos, found objects with meaning or quotes that resonate.  Crew Member, Evelyn Walter, created this elegant mixed media art piece with subtle colors of purple and black that showcase a very cool vintage photo.  This project was created as part of the Canvas Corp Brands Challenge program and the theme this month is “Family” and this work of art is the perfect example of how to combine the colors, the theme and show new techniques.  
For the challenge, “Family”, I used a stretched canvas and an old photo. You can repurpose an old canvas or buy and new one.  The photo was taken at my grandparents wedding in 1929!  I love this picture very much, it is so wonderfully vintage.
Materials Used:
Tattered Angels:
Canvas Corp:
Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: iced spruce
Dusty concord
Walnut stain
DecoArt Crackle Glaze
13@rts: Gel Medium Matte
Chipboard Doily
Sticker “family”
Darwi extra light modeling paste
From my stash:
Scraps of lace
Paper doily
Card board
Metal embellishment
Lace doily
Glass beads
Extra fine glimmer
Shrink plastic
Tools Used:
Paint brush
Pallet knife
TCW 6 x 6 Template Mini Harlequin
Heat gun
Prima Vintage Art Decor Moulds 1
Blending tool
LaBlanche script stamp
The mood board of the challenge inspired me to use a shabby pink, purple and brown color palette, as well as Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and Chalkboard, which offers a wide range of beautiful colors, especially for vintage projects. For matting my photo, I took a paper from the 7Gypsies Wanderlust Gypsy Mixed Media Pad, which is a Canvas Corp Brands product.  These are all perfect for creating vintage looking projects.
I had so much fun creating this canvas, so I hope you like it!
Step 1:  Paint the canvas with Gesso to make sure the colors you add won’t soak into the canvas too much. Then, randomly add texture with Gesso using a stencil.  You can also leave some of the canvas exposed if you are using natural canvas and you can stamp, stencil or apply rubons directly onto the canvas.
Step 1
Step 2:  To matte the photo, I cut some paper out of the Gypsy Mixed Media Pad “Wanderlust”, tore the edges, and distressed them with Distress Ink in the color: walnut stain. A little hint – to get some space for more embellishment, use scraps of cardboard between the layers!
Step 2 Part 1 - layers
You can distress with distressing ink or try misting a bit of a rich, brown mist onto a plate and drag or paint onto your piece or you can mist the entire paper to distress the entire piece.
Step 3:  Next, I colored a chipboard doily with Glimmer Mist and Chalkboard Mist in colors Roll Top Desk and Violet Rose. I did not use Gesso, so that allows the paint to soak into the chipboard. On top, I brushed some crackle glaze, and when it was dry, I highlighted the crackles with some Gesso.
Step 3 Part 1 - Chipboard
Step 4: For the background, I glued some scraps of lace and sprinkled Glimmer Mists onto the area where I wanted to add the photo. When dry, I added some Crackle Glaze and left it all to dry. To make the crackles more visible, I used Glimmer Mists to color the crackled areas. I glued down my matted photo and stamped it with a script stamp using Archival Ink lightly around it.
 Droplets of Glimmer Mist are a great touch to vintage up the white areas.
Step 5:  I then added some more embellishments, highlighted my project with Gesso, and glued some glass beads and glitter here and there. For a finishing touch, I then added the sticker.
 Touches of glimmer mist on the doily, flowers, papers, etc. help to tie the entire project together.
Step 6: I glued a cluster of flowers onto the project, and then to frame the whole canvas, I distressed the edges with Distress Ink in the colors iced spruce and dusty concord.
 If you don’t like the color of paper or silk flowers you have, you can mist them with Glimmer Mist and transform them, while adding a touch of glimmer.
So next time you come across a beautiful family photo, make a copy, gather some mixed media supplies and create something very special with your photo as the focal point.
To see more of Evelyn’s work you can visit her blog – Evelyn’s Colorful World 
There is still time to enter to win a great prize – stop over to the Family Challenge Blog for all the details.
Happy Creating!!!


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'Vintage Photo “Family” Canvas' has 1 comment

  1. June 11, 2016 @ 5:57 pm butterfly

    Stunning mixed media work from Evelyn – this is glorious! And such great step out photos too, thank you.
    Alison x


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