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Ignite Mixed Media Canvas

by: norma gomez
May 24, 2016

Ignite Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone!  Norma here with you today to share my latest DecoArt Media project.

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - Black
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Orange
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Orange Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Hansa Yellow Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Turquoise
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Payne's Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paint - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer White
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Carbon Black
  • Assorted Brushes
  • 8" x 8" Canvas
  • Balsa Wood
  • Chipboard Wings
  • Wooden Heart
  • Baby Wipes
  • White Gel Pen
  • White Paint Pen
  • Black Gel Pen
  • Scrap Papers
  • White Chalk Pencil
  • Utility Knife

Instructions :

This fun mixed media canvas was inspired by my son and his friends. They are all musicians who are passionate about creating and performing music every chance they get.   

To start off, I rummaged through the scraps of papers on my worktable. I found pieces of hymns, book text and polka dotted wrapping paper. I used DecoArt Media’s Matte Medium to adhere them to the canvas. 

Next I grunged it up a bit with black gesso.

After that, I decided on my composition and sketched it out using a chalk pencil. I used the sketch as placements guide as I built all of the layers.

I wanted this canvas to be filled with dimension. I began by creating swirls on the cross using America’s Transparent 3-D Gloss Enamel Writer. I chose transparent because I wanted the background layer to subtly peek through. Once it was completely dry, I added color using a blend of Burnt Sienna, Hansa Yellow Medium and even a little Phthalo Turquoise. I like mixing a variety of colors to create depth.

Moving onto the winged heart! I primed a wooden heart and chipboard wings with white gesso. To paint the wings, I used Titan Buff and Titanium White.

To create interesting texture and depth to the heart, I used white crackle paint and Quinacridone Magenta, Primary Magenta, Pyrrole Red, Orange Hue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Cobalt Teal Hue and Payne’s Gray.

While the winged heart dried, I started working on the guitar. I drew a sketch of a guitar on balsa wood and then used an Exacto Knife to cut it out. Then I cut a second piece for added dimension.

I stained the wood with the Carbon Black Shimmer Mister. I glued the two pieces of balsa wood together with matte medium. I used binder clips to hold the pieces together until the matte medium dried.

To complete the little guitar, I used a white gel pen to doodle all of the flourishes, flowers, frets and guitar strings.

By this time, my winged heart was nice and dry so it was time to put everything together. I attached the beautiful winged heart and then placed the guitar in front of the wings.

To finish things off, I added the quote: Be Fearless in the Pursuit of what sets your Soul on Fire. Then I used Cobalt Teal to accentuate the background a bit. I also added more details with a black gel pen.

That’s it! Thank you very much for joining me today. Don't forget to check out the other design team projects for more inspiration! 

Be sure to visit Little Honey Bee Studios for more projects and to learn more about norma gomez.


excellent piece - love how you created the guitar and winged heart - brilliant x

rachel fisher

May 24, 2016

What an inspirational piece...and I'm sure your son loved it...tfs

Gloria Westerman

May 24, 2016

Awesome job! Love the heart with wings.

Natalie Godfrey

May 24, 2016

Norma - this is just MUSIC TO MY EYES - Wow. Yes, I love music - sing and play both.... so this is just total EYE CANDY to me!! That guitar out of balsa wood is WONDERFUL. But hey - it's all just SUPER and done so well. Love the swirls with the Enamel Writer. Soooooooooooo YOUR creativity set my soul on fire today!!! j.


May 25, 2016

Fabulous piece. Love the textures and the guitar is wonderful.

Barbara Rankin

May 25, 2016

Thanks so much everyone! So glad to hear you like my project <3

Norma Gomez

May 27, 2016

Absolutely brilliant. You've given me a great idea for my own piece. I'm a dancer so it'll be different but seeing this I feel motivated to try it for myself. Thanks and blessings to you.

Jane Orr

June 9, 2016

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