Monday, November 12, 2012

Where We Love Mixed Media Painting

Hey Everybody, It's Edie!
My husband's ship will be returning from an eight month deployment in the next few weeks and we will be having a party the night before homecoming for all of the spouses and family members. There will be snacks and goodies and door prizes. I have donated this painting and it will be given away as one of the door prizes. There *IS* a full video tutorial, but due to an editing NIGHTMARE, let me repeat... NIGHT. MARE, I have been unable to get the video processed in time to share it with you. I AM working on the problem and I will get the video added as soon as possible. Until then, please enjoy this written tutorial :)
Since I am creating a series of these 'HOME' paintings, the process for creating the background will be basically the same for all of them. I layered on torn sections of sheet music, book pages and scrapbook paper, painted the entire canvas with Titan Buff and blotted off the excess. I also aged the entire canvas with a wash of Van Dyke Brown and water.


I applied modeling paste to the corners of the canvas and stamped into it with a key stamp. I then added Antique Copper paint to the same stamp and and added it in random places over the entire canvas. I aged the entire canvas with a wash of Van Dyke Brown and water, then I added some Pure Gold paint to the raised bits of the modeling paste debossed keys.


I printed out my text, aged it with Vintage Photo Distress ink and then painted the edges with Pure Gold acrylic craft paint then glued it on using Matte Medium. I painted a strip of lace with Antique Copper then with Pure Gold and attached it to the canvas with clear tacky glue.

I printed out the ship and deployment information and attached it to chipboard to create a commemorative plaque for the painting. I aged the plaque with Vintage Photo Distress Ink then coated the entire thing with Glossy Accents. I hit it with the heat gun to create a rippled effect in the glue then once it was dry, I attached it to the painting with clear tacky glue.


I created the vintage door handle and plate, as well as the key using Creative Paperclay® and let them dry completely. I then coated all of the pieces with Black paint and with a dry brush I applied Antique Copper paint to the raised areas for definition. Lastly, I attached all of the pieces to the canvas using E6000 glue.
 I am very proud of this piece and I really hope the winner of the drawing likes it as well. If you are interested in purchasing a customized "Home" painting for your homecoming, please email me at
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