A Visit From St. Nicholas Canvas

This art looks like it is very old, maybe a piece found in a vintage shop or antique store.  We are here to let you in on a little Tattered Angels Secret. It is part of the Mixed Media Origins Collection used by Crew Member Barb Housner.  The vintage style Adult Coloring style is just stunning and here is how she does it.

St Nicholas

Barb let us know that her work of art will be sitting on her daughter’s piano for the holiday season. 

mixed media origins christmas paper
Materials Used:
Tattered Angels Mixed Media Origins – Winter’s Night
Canvas Corp Gold & Kraft Damask
Canvas Corp Gold & Kraft Ribbon Stripe
Canvas Corp 12 x 12 Burlap Sheet – Natural Burlap
Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist Paint – Ruby Slipper
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Woven Burlap
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint – Olive
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint – Red
Other items:  Wooden Sentiment; Flowers; Berry Sprays; Stickles; Glossy Accents; Distress Inks; Gel medium
Tools Used:  Paper Cutter; Glue Gun; Paint Brush
Step 1 – Cut out the Santa Images and the ivy image from the Mixed Media Origins paper.
mixed media paper holiday
Step 2 – Color the ivy with the Tattered Angels High Impact Paint Olive. Color the berries with Tattered Angels High Impact Paint Red and then come back over the berries with a layer of Tattered Angels Chalkboard Paint Ruby Slipper. After this has dried, add a layer of red Stickles to the berries and then a layer of Glossy Accents.
Stickles and Mixed Media Origins Papers

If you don’t have Stickles you can also use Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze.

Step 3 – Color Santa’s hat and coat with the Tattered Angels Chalkboard Paint Ruby Slipper. The hat brim and beard have a light dusting of glitter brushed on them. Distress inks were used to color the remainder of the St. Nicholas Image.
st nick
Step 4 – Cut the gold/kraft paper to fit the front of the canvas. Cut strips of the striped gold/kraft paper to go around the edges of the canvas. The sides and edges of the canvas were painted with a gold paint so if the paper did not cover completely you would not see cream showing through any of the cracks.
kraft and gold paper
Step 5 – Adhere cut pieces of paper to canvas with gel medium.
stretched canvas
Step 6 – The flowers I was going to use on the canvas were a brighter red than what I wanted so I gave them several coat of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Woven Burlap. This gave the flowers a more old fashioned look to go along with St. Nicholas.
poinsettias with glimmer mist
Step 7 – The wood sentiment was white. I put a layer of gold gesso on it and then sprayed it with coats of Tatttered Angels Chalkboard Ruby Slipper and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Woven Burlap. I achieved an aged look to the wood sentiment.
Chalkboard Mist on Wood or Paper Letters
Step 8 – After all the pieces were prepared, I started to assemble the focal points of the canvas. The image and flowers were glued to cardboard so they would have a higher profile. This makes it easier to tuck in your layers of picks, burlap threads and flowers. The ivy was glued on the canvas first. It was cut apart to get more areas of it to show. Little bows were tied with thread pulled from a burlap sheet. After that everything was arranged around the image and glued down with a hot glue gun. The sentiment was added last with Glossy Accents.
holiday canvas diy
Create your own art, it is so easy with Tattered Angles Mixed Media papers available in 36 different two-sided styles. With so many designs to choose from the creativity never has to stop.
To see more of Barb’s work visit her blog.


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'A Visit From St. Nicholas Canvas' have 2 comments

  1. December 13, 2016 @ 2:16 pm jean marmo

    Such a fun project!! Love all the details!


  2. December 15, 2016 @ 6:08 am karen bearse

    Well done- beautiful canvas & a great idea.


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