A Rustic Mixed Media Project on Canvas

Hi Everyone, Saadia here:

Sharing with you a rustic mixed media project today.

I have used lots of heavy elements in my project. The Heavy Gel Medium by Little Birdie Crafts is ideal for gluing heavy objects.

Heavy Gel medium

Little Birdie Crafts- Heavy Gel Medium:

  • Transparent, flexible, extra heavy body acrylic gel medium
  • Can be used to glue heavy objects in mixed media projects
  • Extends volume, viscosity and density of acrylic paints along with increasing brilliance and transparency
  • Keeps paints workable for longer
  • Can be mixed with paints, pigments and inks
  • Works as a binder for powder pigments
  • Suitable for creating dimensional textures

Let’s start:

I used Monte Marte’s 8×10 inch canvas panel as my substrate and applied Fiber Paste mixed with Texture Sand using a palette knife.

Next, I glued different elements with Heavy Gel Medium. I used parts of a computer mother board, some metal and chipboard cogs and gears, old keys, broken toy parts, screws, wires, clay elements and chipboard shapes.

Next, I covered everything with Little Birdie’s Black Gesso. This black gesso gives excellent coverage even with a single coat. 

 I coloured the background with chalk paints. Next, I covered my composition with homemade rust paints. There are many recipes for the rust and patina pastes on the internet. I use what works for me:

-Burnt Umber acrylic paint plus Heavy Gel Medium plus Texture Sand

-Burnt sienna acrylic paint plus Heavy Gel Medium plus Texture Sand

-Raw sienna acrylic paint plus Heavy Gel medium plus Texture Sand.

Next I highlighted the raised areas with white gesso and tinted metallic paints.

Lastly, I added the sentiment and some finishing touches.

I hope you liked my project.

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Take care and keep crafting!!

Saadia Nawaz


Materials used:

Heavy Gel medium
Monte Marte canvas panel
Black gesso
Primed chipboard shape flaming beauty


Primed chipboard sentiment Time to remember
Little Birdie Crafts white gesso
Little Birdie chalk paint sailing sky
Chalk paint Muted Teal
Texture Sand
Tinted Metallic Paint Golden Plum
Tinted Metallic Paint Silver Oak


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