Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gear Canvas...

Hello and Happy Thursday! 

Tina here today with a canvas that screams Mixed Media!

This month, Frog Dog Studio will be cross-promoting with Sin City Stamps.  There are 2 fabulously romantic stamps in the February Kit, but Sin City also has amazing chipboard and stencils.

Today, I'd like to share with you a project I created with Gears Chipboard pieces, PanPastels, Lindy's Sprays and Magicals, and all kinds of steampunk goodness.

I want to apologize in advance for my post.  I got so excited when I was creating this project, I completely forgot to take photos of each step.  (I really need to just put the video recorder on when creating).  So, I will attempt to talk you through each steps.

{I am considering doing a class showing my creative process in detail.  If you'd be interested, I'd love to know.}

Step One:
Cover burlap canvas with Gesso.  I left areas of the burlap 'un-gesso'd' for interest.

Step Two:
Using a stencil, add modeling paste to several areas of background.

Step Three:
Using several shades of PanPastels, cover background.  I really love how the PanPastels 'grab' the canvas, creating awesome texture.  I WILL be doing this technique again.

Next use several sprays, spray canvas background.  I used golds, oranges, tans, and dark browns for my background.  (using the dark brown sparingly)

Step Four:
Cover Gear chipboard pieces with Gesso.

Step Five:
Once the Gesso has dried, cover each with PanPastels, layering colors.  Fix with hairspray, fixative, or water.

Step Six:
Cover burlap canvas and individual gear chipboard pieces with wax medium.  This is one of  my favorite steps.  I really love how the wax 'interacts' with the color and texture and sets it all in place.

Step Seven:
Glue gear chipboard pieces in place.  Let dry completely.

Step Eight:
Mix Lindy's Stamp Gang magicals with Gel Medium and randomly cover areas of canvas and gears.  These are the areas that have a red appearance.

Step Nine:
Using found objects, such as small metal gears, numbers, and watch pieces, cover each with more of the Magical mixture.  Adhere to background. 

I also used one of the Prima dominos included in the February kit for one of my found objects.

Step Ten:
Add more spray randomly, accenting different areas of the canvas.  Let pool and puddle for a great grungy look. 

Step Eleven:
Highlight areas with Gold Inka Gold.  

And you are finished!  It is really hard to show the texture and dimension in photos.  I really wish there was feel-a-vision!  ;)

I will be framing and hanging this canvas in my art studio!  Love!

I wish to thank Sin City Stamps for creating amazing chipboard.  If you get a chance, hop on over to their store and check out all of their goodies!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love this - love all the texture and the warm colors. I would love to see a class showing how you create something like this. Paints, waxes, and other "mediums" still scare me a little and a class would definitely help with that!

  2. I really like this style of art work and the use of the textures and gears and other found items. I am trying this technique on a journal book cover and if it is a sucess I will do a canvas for my steampunk wall. Thanks for the great step by step tutorial.
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  3. I love the texture of the gesso on burlap. This is so pretty Tina, the colors are amazing!