Friday, 2 June 2017

Canvas on canvas

Heart and Soul Mixed Media Canvas - by Nikki Acton
 Hello! We have a new challenge commencing today at A Vintage Journey - where the theme is Canvas. It doesn't matter how as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project. Perhaps you may use a canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface.

A couple of influences here - firstly this image I found on Pinterest. I love the textured surface and wonderfully embellished heart. 
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Secondly I recently attended a France Papillon workshop where we made these:
I started off with a previously used canvas which had die cuts adhered so I decided the best way to cover it was with lot's of texture. I painted it black before adding a mixture of texture paste, crackle paste and sand paste. While still wet I scraped vertical lines into the surface. 
Once dry I added washes of Prussian Blue and Burnt Umber paints - blending a little in the middle.
I then decided to add some Golden Bead Gel - followed my a little more paint.
I cut a piece of canvas and coloured it with a watery wash of Transparent Red Iron Oxide. The next layer is from the France Papillon workshop - adding some crackle paste and painting once dry. My heart was cut by hand from watercolour card, painted and given firstly a coat of transparent texture paste and then a little bead gel.
For more inspiration do pay a visit to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have come up with! 
Have a great weekend.

Challenges entered:
Country View Crafts - Hearts



  1. Fantastic layers of textures and colour building into a wonderful design. I love how the squares and angles build up the depth and the wonderful pop of red and soft curves of the heart create the focal point that draws the eye right into the centre. Brilliant canvas my friend xxx

  2. A super canvas Nikki with so many wonderful layers! Great the way you integraated all the different textural elements, I justt kive that wonderful heart! It makes for the perfect focal point, - stunning!

  3. So much to take in Nikki, love the depths you have created and the layer upon layer of interest. I love your style of inventiveness. Thank you so much for sharing.. Hugs Tracey xx

  4. Fabulous i love all the layers on this x

  5. Absolutely Fab! Nikki. Superb depth of texture, detail and layers make for a real eye catching piece of art. Love it !

    Love your 'Finnabair' book box !
    have a lovely weekend
    hugs x

  6. Stunning canvas Nikki and I love those delicious colours. The texture really draws your eye and your heart is stunning x
    Best Wishes
    Annie xx

  7. Love the way you shared the inspiration for this lovely canvas. It is clean and to the point with the meaning being straight forward. Love it! S@ndy xx

  8. Gorgeous textural piece Nikki. Love the use of fabric which makes the piece look so tactile and the dimensional heart is the perfect focal image. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

  9. Love the layering of textures on this Nikki. Dramatic and bold, and I love it xx

  10. What wonderful texture on your canvas project Nikki! Love how the eye is drawn to the center heart and key with your framings - wonderful mix of colors and beautiful inspired design! Julia xx

  11. Amazing creation Nikki, really love your layered effect
    Donna xx

  12. So, so beautiful Nikki, full of wonderful texture and detail! xxx

  13. A stunning work of art, Nikki! I love the variety of textures and that heart is an amazing focal point! I'm curious as to what you used to paint it. Did you paint the watercolor paper first then add the mixed media products? ( Sorry, I'm a curious crafter! ) Amazing canvas, my friend! Hugs!

  14. What fabulous textures in every layer, Nikki, and I love the Iron Oxided canvas especially. Great to see the influences leading to this amazing creation.
    Alison x

  15. Fabulous canvas Nikki!!! I love the textures you created to cover your used canvas! The scraped lines are so cool! The bead gel looks amazing on your beautiful heart! Super design and colours! Thank you for joining the June challenge of the Country View Challenges blog! xx

  16. You lucky duck to attend such a fabulous class! I love how you brought in the blue to this piece and the gorgeous key. Truly amazing and I love seeing where your inspiration came from. Hugs, Autumn

  17. The texture is amazing and I love the colours you have chosen to work with!

  18. Love this ! Thanks for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

  19. Fabulous interpretation of your inspirations Nikki, you have honoured both of them and made a canvas that is totally Nikki! Love the layers underneath that lovely heart and all of the fab texture, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb ox

  20. The textures are rich and wonderful, the Vintage & distressed feel is lovely! Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges this month.


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