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[Tutorial] Mixed Media Canvas - Kavitha 2019-2020 Introduction

Posted by Graphic 45 06/18/2019 25 Comment(s) Layouts,Mixed Media,Tutorials,


Hello, G45ers!

 This Graphic 45 post offers a step by step tutorial on how to create a mixed media canvas.  In celebration of our 2019-2020 Brand Ambassador introductions, we have asked our new team to create a project that describes them as an artist, in other words, a #G45Selfie.  For this assignment Mixed Media Extraordinaire and Brand Ambassador, Kavitha has created a summer fun Beach Canvas using the backside of the canvas and G45's By the Sea - Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  We encourage you to grab your papers and inks and play along with this step by step process.  


Kavitha - India

2019-2020 Brand Ambassador


“Hello, Graphic 45 fans,

I am Kavitha from Chennai, India. I am a huge fan and avid collector of Graphic 45 papers. I am super excited and incredibly honored to be a part of the wonderful and creative Graphic 45 family.

I love creating and love the creative process of bringing ideas to life. Crafting has been my main hobby since childhood and I feel blessed to have my hobby as a profession now.


I have dabbled into many art forms for almost a decade and stumbled upon paper crafting a few years back through blogging and shortly after that discovered mixed media and now I love mixing them both. My style is more of shabby chic/layered but I love trying out different styles now and then. I love to create Mini albums, cards, canvas, and altered projects. I am so happy to start my creative journey with Graphic 45 this year and can't wait to share my projects and ideas with you all.


#G45Selfie - Beach Life - Mixed Media Canvas

By Kavitha


When I was asked to create a project that reflects me, I obviously have to go for making a mixed media canvas. I love working on canvas as it gives me the freedom to work with many mediums and paints. Beach theme is one of my favorites, so I decided to create a beach theme canvas using the gorgeous By the Sea - Deluxe Collector’s Edition.





I would like to share a few steps for creating the background along with some tips


Take a stretched canvas and use the reserve side of it. Paint it with 2-3 coats of heavy white gesso drying them in between the coats.


Cut some pattern paper measuring the inside of the canvas. The second layer must be slightly smaller. Apply water to the edges of the paper with a brush and create a wavy effect.


Apply a coat of clear gesso over the pattern paper and adhere it to the canvas. Apply modeling paste through stencils on all the sides.


Tip: While applying modeling paste through a stencil, apply it randomly over a few places and smooth the edges with the knife to give a natural effect


To add more texture to the canvas, adhere some fishnet and paint it with white gesso. Apply sand texture paste randomly with a knife and let it dry for some time.


Tip: Add natural elements like seashells, starfish, fishnet, moss, etc to add a more natural feel to your project.


For more dimension and layers I added few resin pieces and a star-shaped mini canvas to one side of the canvas.


To go with the colors of the theme, I used blue and coral shades of sprays. Spray some color and water for a good flow and dry it with a heat gun. Once it dried, dry brush white gesso over raised places for highlights.


Heat emboss the wooden embellishments with color embossing powders

Tip: Repeat the heat embossing process 2-3 times to get a smooth and raised effect.


Now layer all the embellishments like chipboard pieces from the collection kit, fussy cut elements, wooden embellishments along with natural sea elements to finish the canvas. The final step is to add some more texture and glam to the canvas, to do this apply soft gel medium over some places and sprinkle art stones of different sizes along with star-shaped sequins and fine glitter


For the center of the canvas, I have used some fussy cut images that suits my theme. You can also use that space for adding your personal photos.


White gesso plays a major part in beach theme projects, for the final touch dry brush white gesso randomly all over and mix it with water and add some splatters too.







Tip: Add some pebbles or clear droplets in a few places to give a more beachy feel.


Graphic 45 Supply List:

By the Sea - Deluxe Collector's Edition

Square Tag & Clock Dies



Other Supplies:

  • Heavy white gesso
  • White modelling paste
  • Sand texture paste
  • Art stones
  • Resin embellishments
  • Gel medium


Hope you liked my project:))

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting.”



What a fabulous idea and even more a beautiful execution!  Join us in welcoming Kavitha to our team in the comments below.  We hope that you give this fun tutorial a try, and when you do be sure to share your project on our Graphic 45 - Official Community page.  Thank you for stopping by for your daily dose of inspiration.  Have a wonderful day and as always... 


Happy Papercrafting!


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25 Comment(s)

Margaret R:
06/18/2019, 11:48:43 AM

Welcome, Kavitha! Your project is just stunning! I, too, love the beach theme, and I also love decorating frames, so this is a real winner for me! I look forward to seeing your projects all year!

Cheryl Wells:
06/18/2019, 12:13:31 PM

Absolutely breathtaking frame - I love everything you used to turn this into a masterpiece - exceptionally done and welcome to Graphic 45!!!

Regina Harrison:
06/18/2019, 12:30:34 PM

Love this canvas. I would have never thought to use the back. I am excited to see your projects this year:)

Donna Kauffman:
06/18/2019, 12:33:52 PM,

Beautiful work! I love the reverse canvas idea. So much inspiration! :)

Martie Rollin:
06/18/2019, 12:41:05 PM

While I am not a mixed media person, I can well appreciate all the work that goes into a project like this! I do like your use of real shells!! Also like the addition of the tiny sequins and such...kind of like piled up enchanted beach sand. Lovely project! Looking forward to seeing more of your work. LOVE this paper collection!

06/18/2019, 01:45:13 PM

This is beautiful!!

Jan Kennedy:
06/18/2019, 02:40:44 PM

Nice project, cool ideas.....!

Bev Drake:
06/18/2019, 02:57:57 PM

I’m not really into mixed media but love this idea of using it with G45 papers . Stunning project & look forward to seeing more of your work.

She Fowl:
06/18/2019, 03:43:27 PM

Nice project...thanks for the tutorial. Great idea using the back of a canvas.

Vanessa LeClear:
06/18/2019, 03:55:09 PM

Welcome, Kavitha! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Your project is gorgeous!

Barbara G.:
06/18/2019, 04:31:49 PM

Loved this project, Kavitha! I like beach scenes too & what a great idea to use the reverse of the canvas. I must try this. Welcome.

Lynn Harrell:
06/18/2019, 04:45:24 PM

Beautiful project Kavitha. This will fit in beautifully in my home at the beach. Thanks so much for sharing.

06/18/2019, 05:44:47 PM

Kavitha, Welcome! Thank you for the beautiful mixed media project. I have wanted to do a mixed media piece but hesitated on starting one and here you have given us a wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

06/18/2019, 06:47:37 PM

Congratulations on being chosen as a G45 brand ambassador Kavitha. Thank you for sharing this mixed media project. I appreciate your clear step-by-step directions as well as your tips! I look forward to your next submission!

Carla Hundley:
06/18/2019, 09:33:23 PM

Amazing work here, love all the embellishments. Carla from Utah

Margarette Jones:
06/18/2019, 09:41:13 PM

Kavitha, the beach is a place of my dreams and I love love love your canvas. I am going to have to try out your techniques. Glad to have you in my crafting life.

Nancy Mac:
06/18/2019, 09:58:57 PM

Tavitha, this is just beautiful! I would never have thought to turn a canvas over and use the back; now I want to follow your lead and give it a try.

06/18/2019, 10:48:18 PM

It is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing all the steps you took to make it!

Dorothy McCarthy:
06/19/2019, 05:17:20 AM,

Wow! This is awesome!

Glenda Buster:
06/19/2019, 08:45:04 AM

Love, love your mixed media canvas. Your tutorial and tips are really appreciated!

Kate LeBlanc:
06/19/2019, 09:32:38 AM

This is such an awesome creation! I love all of the small touches that you don't see at first but if you look longer you see them. I love the tutorial, can't wait to see what else you are creating!

Sonja Van Laar:
06/19/2019, 08:19:44 PM

What an interesting idea to se the back side of the stretched canvas for a frame. Very clever and inspiring.

Helen Whaley:
06/20/2019, 12:16:03 AM

Beautiful! Can’t wait to try this.

Gloria Stengel:
06/22/2019, 02:22:58 PM,

So beautiful. I can hear the ocean in the background! ;)

Linda Hahn:
02/03/2020, 02:55:40 PM

What a beautiful project! I love projects about the beach and ocean. I might try making this sometime this summer. Thanks for the inspiration!

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