Yesterday on Pinterest I saw a beautiful mixed media canvas made by Sarah over at La-De-Dah. Her canvas is so beautiful - it inspired me.
I had lots of fun trying new things. After my first layer of gesso, I used my Stampin' Up watercolor crayons to watercolor the entire background. I also used my Betsy's Blossom stamp set and all of the colors in the brights family to start my collage effect. To tone it down a bit, I applied another layer of gesso. Then I made coordinating acrylic paint by mixing Stampin' Up reinkers & white acrylic paint. I used those paints with the poked out side of my embossing folders to make different textures on my page. I also used the paint and random household items as stamps. The pink circles were made with my acrylic paint,and a paper towel tube. I tapped the end of my paint brush, that had the remaining paint on it, to get some neat splatter effects. When that was dry, I applied another layer of gesso, again to tone down the brightness. When that was dry, I went back and highlighted some things with my gel pens. I used black, white, & glitter gel pens. The words were done on a separate sheet of white cardstock. To color them I used homemade dye sprays in Stampin' Up colors.
Thanks for checking this out - let me know what you think! :-)