quick canvas for cha

Once we started putting together the booth last week for CHA, we realized there was a spot – right there – that needed a little extra something.  That meant I grabbed a blank canvas and a few supplies and quickly got to work.  The final project is one that I really fell in love with!

Quick Mixed Media Tree Canvas

mixed media canvas using wood, pruners, loppers, cork, decopauge, collage work, tissue paper, paint, burlap, burlap paper, old book pages, copper flashing, foil, sharpie pen, canvas

mixed media canvas using wood, pruners, loppers, cork, decopauge, collage work, tissue paper, paint, burlap, burlap paper, old book pages, copper flashing, foil, sharpie pen, canvas

Begin by adding tissue paper to canvas with decopauge.  Be sure to put it on the canvas and on top of the tissue paper to seal it in from both sides.  Do this with any and all layers that you add.

mixed media canvas using wood, pruners, loppers, cork, decopauge, collage work, tissue paper, paint, burlap, burlap paper, old book pages, copper flashing, foil, sharpie pen, canvas

I used yellow on the bottom and then added white tissue on top to tone down the color.

mixed media canvas using wood, pruners, loppers, cork, decopauge, collage work, tissue paper, paint, burlap, burlap paper, old book pages, copper flashing, foil, sharpie pen, canvas

Next I mixed 1 part paint with 3 parts decopauge to create a washed look and spread that across the entire canvas.

mixed media canvas using wood, pruners, loppers, cork, decopauge, collage work, tissue paper, paint, burlap, burlap paper, old book pages, copper flashing, foil, sharpie pen, canvas

To speed up the process, I use a heat gun.

mixed media canvas using wood, pruners, loppers, cork, decopauge, collage work, tissue paper, paint, burlap, burlap paper, old book pages, copper flashing, foil, sharpie pen, canvas

mixed media canvas using wood, pruners, loppers, cork, decopauge, collage work, tissue paper, paint, burlap, burlap paper, old book pages, copper flashing, foil, sharpie pen, canvas

Next I took pieces of wood I had cut down to discs and glued them onto the canvas to create the tree trunk.

mixed media canvas using wood, pruners, loppers, cork, decopauge, collage work, tissue paper, paint, burlap, burlap paper, old book pages, copper flashing, foil, sharpie pen, canvas

I then began to create the leaves out of a variety of materials.  I just free-hand cut leaf shapes.

mixed media canvas using wood, pruners, loppers, cork, decopauge, collage work, tissue paper, paint, burlap, burlap paper, old book pages, copper flashing, foil, sharpie pen, canvas

I glued those to the top of the tree to create the canopy of the tree.

mixed media canvas using wood, pruners, loppers, cork, decopauge, collage work, tissue paper, paint, burlap, burlap paper, old book pages, copper flashing, foil, sharpie pen, canvas

To finish it up, I painted the edges black and added pen outlines to the leaves and around the canvas itself.

mixed media canvas using wood, pruners, loppers, cork, decopauge, collage work, tissue paper, paint, burlap, burlap paper, old book pages, copper flashing, foil, sharpie pen, canvas

Finally, we added it to that big empty spot on the wall in our craft room area of the booth!

Quick and simple…  now, to find it a home here.


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