” Believe in Yourself ” – Mixed Media Canvas

Hey guys,

Mukta here! Today, on Valentine’s Day, I am sharing a mixed media heart canvas with you all.  I made this canvas to celebrate the idea of loving and believing in oneself. Well I think we are our first Valentine because even when you have no one… you will always have yourself!! So LOVE YOURSELF and BELIEVE IN YOURSELF…….ALWAYS AND FOREVER.

I have a pictorial for you all. Without much ado lets get on with it…

I started with a heart shaped MDF panel and pretty lacy papers from Little Birdie Cottage Lace paper pack.  I fussy cut the paper to fit the panel and distressed it to get it a rough look and then adhered it to the panel.

Then I mixed some Texture paste, Texture sand and pink chalk paint to get this fun mixture and I stenciled on the panel using a decor stencil. You can avoid using grainy texture paste if you want. I used it to tone down the chalk paint and make it look a little pastel. I let it dry and then added some Crackle paste randomly. Its important to let it air dry for best results.

In the meantime, I picked out some chipboard shapes and added black gesso to it. Then I painted it with tinted metallic paint in pink and I also added some coral color to add a little shade.

I layered a lot of paper scraps and got my sentiment ready to be added to the panel which was from L’amour paper pack. Once completely dry, I did a little stamping using black archival ink. This added so much interest to the panel. I  have stamped around the focal element to bind everything together.

Now I arranged everything on the panel and started to play with flowers. It took me a lot of time to figure out the look I was going for. I wanted to give a soft look to my canvas, so I went with pinks, pastel coral and whites. To get a more vibrant tone…you can add reds and peaches to the canvas.

Once everything was ready I dry brushed with gesso to bring all the elements together and added the final touches with sparkle elements and sequins. I also added some splatters and sentiments to complete my artwork.

Here are a few more closeups of this artwork. I hope you like my canvas…I sure had a lot of fun making it.



List of Supplies used

  1. Handmade Flowers
  2. Stamp 
  3. Heavy Gel 
  4. Black Gesso 
  5. Grainy Texture Paste 
  6. Crackle Paste 
  7. Texture Sand
  8. Chalk Paint – Bubble gum
  9. Cottage Lace paper pack
  10. Primed Chipboard – Leaf Flourish
  11. Primed chipbaord – Garden greens
  12. Primed Chipboard – Ornate round frame
  13. Handmade Flower Fiorella- Pastel Palette 

  14. Burlap Mini Roses 
  15. Stencil – Floral 
  16. Dazzle cocktail – cosmopolitan
  17. Dazzle cocktail – martini 
  18. Dazzle cocktail – long island
  19. Crystal Drops 
  20. L’amour Paper pack


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