Thursday, November 14, 2013

"Contentment" Canvas for Leaky Shed Studio

I'm excited to be sharing my first design team project using gorgeous Leaky Shed Studio chipboard. I have a lovely gift idea for you. Who doesn't love to receive a handcrafted decor piece? I used the Julie Nutting 4" Classy Doll as my focal piece on this sweet mixed media canvas for my niece.


Tips and Techniques:
I cut two different patterns of coordinating paper to dress the doll skirt and painted the top in a coordinating color. To give dimension and depth, I added highlights with gesso in the folds of the skirt. Her hair is colored with a Vintage Photo Distress marker, and I swirled two shades of gold metallic paint together to color her belt. I used flesh tone acrylic paint for her skin and added a touch of color to her cheeks with distress ink. 

Here's a side view of the canvas focusing on the girl. You can see how the metallic paint on her belt shimmers in the light! 

I adore texture and dimension and enjoyed getting messy fingers creating this textured canvas. I started by adhering gorgeous Maja paper to the canvas with matte gel medium, then brushed the gel medium across the top of the paper so it would hold up to my mixed media techniques. I stamped script, grid marks, and music notes in brown. When that ink was dry, I stamped with more script and bubble wrap in white, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat embossed. I cut a couple small pieces of sheet rock mesh for the corners, then used a doily stencil with light molding paste over top of everything else. The sides of the canvas were painted in a coordinating color swirled with gesso. When dry, I spritzed the entire canvas with a gold mica laden mist allowing it to drip over and color the sides of the canvas as well. The mica adds such a wonderful, glowing shimmer. 

The sentiment, from Word Art Wednesday was sized and printed on white cardstock. I tore it out, rubbed on Distress Ink to color, then glued in place. 

Here's an angle that shows all the lovely texture.

Leaky Shed Studio Products:
Classy 4"

Other Products:
Maja Designs ~ Vintage Spring Basics - 1st of March, 3rd of March
Word Art Wednesday ~ Verse for sentiment
Prima ~ Stencil - Doily 1
Stampers Anonymous ~ Tim Holtz - Playful Journey, Urban Grunge
Art Gone Wild ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Stanza, Bubble Wrap, Dear Sir
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx: Jasmine, Leather
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx CHOX - Sparrow
Clearsnap ~ Donna Salazar Designs - Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder: Jasmine
Ranger ~ Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet, Antique Linen
Ranger ~ Distress Marker - Vintage Photo
Pigma ~ Micron - 05 Black
Golden ~ Light Molding Paste, Regular Matte Gel
Liquitex ~ White Gesso
Various Acrylic Paints by DecoArt, Folk Art, Making Memories
Sheetrock Mesh (Hardware Store)
Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar ~ Acid Free Glue

I hope you've been inspired to grab one of these sweet chipboard dolls and created a canvas for that special gal in your life!! 

I invite you to stop by my blog on Thursday for a full listing of other supplies used to create this canvas.

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~


  1. LOVE your canvas and all the texture!!! gorgeous!!!!

  2. This is so beautiful.. Love the texture from your stencilling and your lady is so elegant!

  3. Gorgeous Tracey, I love the texture you created to go with the beautiful Nutting girl, so elegant you made her and a wonderful Scripture to go with it! Im sure your niece will be thrilled with it :)

  4. Beautiful Tracey. Love how you did the highlights with gesso. The texture is fabulous.


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