Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial
Hello, Friends! If I had to name my crafting kryptonite, I think it would have to be the 12×12 layout. It’s just soooo many inches! Usually, I try to avoid 12×12 layouts at all costs. But this year has been all about moving myself out of my comfort zone. So I pulled my Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame and went about creating this Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial to share with you today.
Summer is waning here in North Carolina. The days are getting shorter, but they are still hot and humid. It’s a dreamy time of year. The light at this time of year has a wonderful golden quality to it. And fat bumblebees have had so much nectar from all the flowers that they stagger from flower to flower. Sunsets are unusually spectacular this time of year as well. I wanted to try and capture the rich, golden hues, the bursting flowers, the drunken bumblebees and the glorious sunsets in this canvas. How did I do?
Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial: Pretty Pictures
I’ve prepared a video tour and tutorial of the project for you, so I won’t belabor you with a lot of words here. instead, I’ll just share a couple of photos, then we can dive right into the video tutorial.
Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial on YouTube
One thing I am learning about mixed media. It all starts with a vision and then you just play with various mediums and elements until you have something that you are happy with. There is always something new to learn, and that’s really fun. I have a long way to travel in my pursuit of mastering mixed media, and this canvas is far from perfect. But I feel like I expressed part of what I wanted to say in the color palette and composition on this one. And that feels good.
I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures! Thanks so much for joining me!
Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial Supply List
Please note: some items are not yet on the Little Birdie Website, so I could not link them here.
- 12×12 Watercolor Canvas
- Aquarelle 12×12 Paper Pack
- Color Splash Mist: Lemon Zing and Paprika
- White Gesso
- Black Gesso
- Grainy Texture Paste
- Matte Heavy Gel Medium
- Rich Copper Fairy Dust
- Mosaic Stencil
- Entangled Stencil
- Script Stencil
- Chevron Print Burlap Roll
- Sisal Fibre
- Craft Twine
- Think Positive Primed Chipboard
- Dream Catcher Primed Chipboard
- 6″ x 6″ kraft card base
- Natural Burlap Tassel Tags
- Brown Allium
- Pollen Clusters
- Pollen and Tendrils Natural
- Fern Leaf
- Lucille Grape Tan
- Buttercup Grape Tan
- Carmela Grape Tan
- Esme Vintaj
- Paulina Fall
- English Roses Fall
Kathy, the Autumn tones of this mixed media project are so lovely together. Watching your video is watching an artist at work…it’s as if I’m sitting across from you at your crafting table with my cup of tea and absorbing as much as I can of your wonderful way of designing. Seeing how you bring all those elements together–even the bit of jewelry–is a joy to watch. tfs
Look at you making a canvas! Love that you are going out of your comfort zone, and what a little beauty! That bee and the florals are so striking, and love all that embossed texture!
The girl did good!!!!
Blessings from UK
Oh Kathy!! Everything you create just gets better and better. I would say you have mastered the mixed media world. It’s just gorgeous.
Kathy, that is absolutely gorgeous! I was so excited when I saw this in my email this morning! Those colors capture Fall so perfectly! Your comment about drunken bees made me laugh. I sit and watch the bees in the mornings here and their little pollen sacks are so full I don’t know how they fly. All of your elements blend so beautifully and of course I just LOVE that focal of the queen bee and ALSO that darling little dream catcher. Great imagination went into this project. YOU have become the “Queen Bee” of mixed media! Thank you for sharing that wonderful video. Hugs