My love affair with mixed media and Powertex continues as I share with you my latest mini cardboard mixed media canvas. Who knew you could get excited with packing material? I recently moved to a new city and new home and I have a wonderful supply of all things recyclable; cardboard, packing peanuts (not the plastic ones), Styrofoam™…
These little 4″ x 4″ cardboard wedges are PERFECT as a canvas; they are strong and durable…and free! So let’s begin:
- cardboard wedge
- DecoArt® gesso
- clay head
- Powertex® Fabric Hardener ; ivory, blue, bronze, transparent
- Powertex® Colortrix; blue, lilac, gold, red pearl
- tissue paper
- metal embellishment
pencil with rubber at end, paint brushes
- Paint all sides of the cardboard wedge with gesso. This provides a sealed base to work with. The Powertex would also be an excellent base and sealant, but it is more expensive than gesso.
- Mix some blue and ivory Powertex and completely paint over the sides and top of the canvas
- Smush up some tissue paper and push it into the wet powertex in the top quadrant of the wedge leaving ridges, and creating texture.
- For the top right quadrant, dip the rubber end of the pencil into some black powertex and paint dots. [Tweet “cardboard wedges make the PERFECTmixed media canvas #art #crafts #mixed media”]
- Take your clay face and paint it with colortrix: dip the bristles into the varnish and then pick up the powder color of your choice and dry brush it on. I used lilac, bronze and blue. Set it aside.
- Dip the lace into bronze powertex, wring out the excess and let it dry to touch.
- Dry brush with red pearl, gold and bronze.
- Dry brush red pearl on the metal embellishment.
Attaching your pieces:
- Glue the embellishment with ZipDry
- Use transparent powertex to attach the hardened lace and clay face.
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