Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oriental Dream (Mixed Media Canvas Set)

I'm sharing with you today a mini set of canvases created with a combination of my favorite products from 2Crafty Chipboard, Reneabouquets and Meg's Garden.

I was inspired by a brand new mixed media challenge blog based out of Sweden called
Words & Paintery (excellent name, isn't it?)
which I have a feeling will soon become one of my favorites since I love mixed media more and more,
plus the DT is full of talented ladies.

Here is their October challenge:

 I tried to recreate the same beautiful colours on my mini canvas set, and in doing so,
used many paints, stains and mists.  My fingers were a nice shade of blue once I was finished,
and even stayed a tad bit blue over the next few days.  I got some weird looks at work. :P

I call this canvas set 'Oriental Dream' as it features the beautiful Geisha Girl chipboard piece 
from 2Crafty as well as many other Asian-theme embellishments.

Each canvas measures 6 x 8 inches and were covered by a thick coat of white gesso to start.

I then added on the base of both canvases
2 different stenciled designs with molding paste to give them texture.
I then used different shades of distress stains, mists and paint with gold glitter.

I did some dry embossing on the Geisha chipboard and then covered it with gesso, 
then coat after coat of all shades of blue stains I own.  I then added a bit of mist and followed with Luminarte Silk Acrylic Glazes.  I treated all chipboard pieces the same.  
I finished with a few dabs of white paint and some gold glitter paint here and there.  

All metal charms (both fans and the gold dragonfly) come from Meg's Garden Store.

The pretty paper dragonflies and the white roses are from Reneabouquets.

You can find them HERE in the Reneabouquets shop.
Remember that you can use coupon code 'GDTNicole' until the end of October
to get 10% off any order you make with Reneabouquets.

Another beautiful 2Crafty piece that I used is the Cherry Blossom which I decided to cut in 2
to make the design overflow from one canvas to the next.

The big Flower Clusters were a good match with the oriental theme.
I added a lot of gold glitter paint in the centers and went darker on the tips of each leaf.

I chose Always follow your Dreams as my title
because one of my dreams is to one day be able to visit an Asian country, mostly Japan or Thailand.
To me, it seems like such a fascinating culture and a gorgeous place to visit.

A closer look at the flowers I picked to complement my array of chipboard and charms.

And one last look at both canvases.

Thank you to Words & Paintery for the inspiration
and long prosperous life to this new challenge blog!

I know I will play along often!


  1. Really beautiful! Love the oriental feel,

  2. Oh la, la! Love your canvas!!! Thanks for playing with us at Words & Paintery.

  3. Beautiful canvas. Love the colors. Thanks for playing with us at Words&Paintery

  4. This is just stunning Nicole! love the oriental theme and the colors are gorgeous! Will look gorgeous on your wall! :)

  5. A lovely little canvas set, with all those beautiful details! Thanks for playing with us at Words & Paintery !

  6. Beautiful set :-)
    Thank You for joining is at Words & Paintery :-)

  7. Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous!

  8. What an exquisite piece of art your canvas is - truly gorgeous - thanks for playing along with us at Words & Paintery

  9. Gorgeous! Absolutely worth blue fingers. Thanks for playing with us at W&P.