Sunday, May 24, 2020

Thoughts and Theories

Très Jolie’s Mixed Media kit for May comes with a canvas, mediums, several packages of metal trinkets and – best of all – 4 empty video tape reels. After a bit of pondering and such, I came up with this:

Here’s how it all came together:
I began by coating the canvas and tape reels with black gesso, making sure that all the surfaces were covered.

I selected a Crafter’s Workshop stencil that I’ve had for years and used texture paste to cover the entire canvas with the bold pattern.

Once the texture paste was completely set, I applied more of the black gesso.

I watered down some of the Caribbean Teal paint to create a wash and used it to cover the canvas. A lot of black still shows, but that’s okay. I allowed it to air dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next step.

I created another wash with the Golden Glaze paint and applied it over the canvas, using a baby wipe to blot it here and there to allow the teal to show through. Again, I allowed it to air dry.

I used gel medium to attach the tape reels to the canvas.

After the reels were completely set, I started to add some of the metal trinkets that came in the kit.

I begin to add a few flowers from my stash.
(Yes, that’s a lot of gel on that spiral. I’ve made sure that it will stay there permanently. Once it’s dried, it won’t show.)

More flowers and more metals: I’m starting to pile them on.

I added resin cameos and buttons that came in the main kit…

…and a few small flowers to fill in some gaps.

I covered all of the pieces with black gesso, taking care to fill in the crevices and crannies.

This little guy decided to become unglued. I waited until the gesso was dry before reattaching it.

I created a thinner wash with the Caribbean Teal paint and applied it to the reels and embellishments.

Again, a thinner wash, this time with the Golden Glaze. I made sure that it pooled in some of the crevices and once again, allowed my canvas to air dry.

As a final step, I applied the Aqua Sheen metallic wax to some of the edges and raised elements.

I had planned on my canvas being in “portrait” mode, but by the time it was finished, I realized that it was meant to be turned on its side. For the title, I selected a Quote Chip from my stash, colored it with Vintage Gold wax, then edged it with the Aqua Sheen wax from the kit.
I glued it down to the tape reel and my canvas was finished.



***Très Jolie May Mixed Media Kit***
Royal & Langnickel – Essentials – 4 x 12 Artist Canvas Painting Board #CNVST-412
Prima – Finnabair – Vintage Trinkets – Washers No 2 #960353
Prima – Finnabair – Mechanicals – Machine Parts #967107
Très Jolie – Tape Reels (4)
Little Birdie Crafts – Black Gesso #CR75626
Little Birdie Crafts – Tinted Metallic Paint – Caribbean Teal #CR82313
Little Birdie Crafts – Tinted Metallic Paint – Golden Glaze #CR82315
Little Birdie Crafts – Metallic Wax – Beeswax Formulation – Aqua Sheen #CR79826

***Très Jolie May Kit***
Melissa Frances – Vintage Resin Applique – Button Assortment #CX876
Melissa Frances – Vintage Resin Applique – Cameo Assortment #CX891

Wild Orchid Crafts – Mulberry Roses
Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-ology Collection – Quote Chips #TH93563

Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Paper Texture Paste #965259
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Vintage Gold #963958
13 @rts – Ayeeda Medium – Acrylic Gel Medium

The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Doodling Templates – Mini Gears #TCW262s

As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.


  1. Kind of broke my heart when you covered all the cool embellies with black gesso—but this piece turned out way cool. Peg knows best.

    1. Thanks! I'll admit that I do grit my teeth whenever I cover embellies,lol.
      I do want to tell you how much I appreciate your kindness in commenting on my work...

  2. Peggy, your canvas is so awesome!! Absolutely loved seeing your technique work and how you put this all together.

    1. Thank you, my friend! And thank you even more for all of the support you've given me on SBC; it means a lot to me <3