Monday, May 30, 2016

Vintage Lady in Gold - Roses and Reading - Mixed Media Canvas

I am very excited to share this project with you.
It marks a milestone for me.

This is my first Mixed Media canvas.
I've wanted to try for a long time but Autumn at Sew Paper Paint
has finally inspired me enough to give it a shot.
Have you noticed I've been practicing my splatters of late?
Getting used to a little mess?

Emphasis on the little, but still...
I'm working out of the box.

Just to prove it, here's a photo of the canvas board
before everything got added on top.  Look at that.  I felt liberated and
frightened at the same time.
But I even got up the nerve to spray directly onto the canvas
after that.  Right there, onto the board.
Oh, I felt bold!

I sprayed gold Glimmer mist onto a French text stamp
and used that on the doily.  I also did some scribbles here and there with
metallic gold oil pastel.  It has a nice sheen.

Here is the finished canvas board:

Just like with my Vintage Millinery card, coloring this lady in brown
made me think of my grandmother.  But for some reason, this lady
seemed much friendlier--one I would like to visit a bookstore with.
And yes, coloring her in browns I identified a little bit.

This is my first mixed-media canvas, as I said earlier--
and I did it in these colors so that it can go along with the accent
colors in my MBR.  Although a lot of the steps were completely
out of my comfort zone, I feel pleased with having made the effort.

The small rose was one that had been floating around without a friend
and needed a home anyway.  But it was FAR too bright yellow for me, so I sprayed it
with white glimmer mist and then covered in white embossing powder. 
That lightened it up pretty well so that it no longer overpowers.

The mushroom flower from Recollections was also the wrong color--it was blue.
Gold glimmer mist changed that.

I also had fun with these gold seed beads, which J took off of some trim
he wanted to use, and I hated to waste them.  I think they're a little like
metallic microbeads.


Here are some challenges:

Anything But Cute (Mixed Media Challenge): Celebrate your Style

Come and Get it #120: Use a Doily

{PIN}spirational #166: Anything You Can Do...

Really Reasonable Ribbon #141: Vintage

Our Creative Corner (May): Hit the Books - 2nd entry

Timbroscrapmania #120: Shabby Chic or ATG

Glitter N' Sparkle #190: Flower Power
(altered about half of my flowers for this canvas)

As You Like It: Big / Little bows and why
(Cotton twine bows are almost my hallmark,
and these miniature burlap bows have been favorites for awhile)
Materials Used on this Canvas:
6x6 Textured Clayboard {Ampersand}
Vintage lady in hat {The Graphics Fairy}
Papers {Lost & found II - My Mind's Eye}
White doily
Vintage lace, rustic woven lace trim {stash}
Paper flowers {Recollections, The Paper Studio}
Leaf stamps & splatter {Altenew}
French text stamp
Glimmer mist {Gold & Pearl - Tattered Angels}
Distress Spray {Mustard - Tim Holtz / Ranger}
"Hello Beautiful" washi tape {Recollections}
Stemmed wedding pearls, key, cotton twine, seed beads {stash}
Pearl flourish, burlap bow {The Paper Studio}
Metallic gold oil pastel {Master's Touch}
Copic markers and Prismacolors

I also had a little fun with photo filters. 
I guess stronger colors wouldn't really have hurt so much...

and a vintage filter.  Fun.

I hope you will take just a second and
enter for my Spring Giveaway before you go!
Inlinkz is so quick and I've opened the giveaway to both US and
International crafters as well.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)

Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,




  1. A beautiful vintage card. Love all the elements you have used. Thanks for joining AYLI challenge. Elaine

  2. You should feel very proud indeed! Well done for working outside your comfort zone to create this truly gorgeous canvas. Your layered elements look wonderful and I just love the muted colour tones you have used too!

    Thanks so much for joining in our 'Celebrate Your Style' challenge at Anything But Cute. Anne DT xx

  3. What a wonderful work of art!

  4. Beautiful mixed media canvas! Thanks for sharing with us st Glitter 'N' Sparkle!

  5. Hi Kathryn, saw this on Anything But Cute, fabulous canvas.
    Avril xx

  6. Awe Kathryn, thank you so much for the sweet shoutout! You have really rocked this fabulous canvas. Yes, spraying can be quite intimidating, but like you learned with the flowers, it can also be a great too to make your supplies coordinate with your project. A great old stash buster! I adore the vintage palette you colored your lady with - what a great stamp! The leaves look fantastic too and the background is just perfect. Well done! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Anything But Cute. <3 Hugs, Autumn

  7. Gorgeous mixed media canvas. I love the vintage design with the muted colors and the awesome elements you used to create such an elegant design. Thank you for joining our blog challenge at

  8. Beautiful vintage card!Thankyou so much for entering it this week at Glitter n Sparkle - Vic, Dt x

  9. Beautiful card!!! Thank you for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge!!

  10. Very nice project. Thanks for joining us at {PIN}spirational Challenges.

  11. Lovely card so love the colours too! Thanks for joining in with our challenge at As You Like It,
    hugs Samantha :0)

  12. Love all of the shabby chic elements in this card! The colors are wonderful.

    Thank you for joining us at Creative Knockouts for our Anything Goes challenge.

  13. Absolutely beautiful vintage canvas! So many amazing elements to look at! Thank you so much for join8ng in our Celebrate Your Style challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DT x

  14. Stunning art peice. Great little details. Love how you used the doily. Thank you for joining us at Come and Get It this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  15. Wow! So pretty!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a great crafty day!!! (So sorry for not commenting sooner but this proving I'm NOT A ROBOT stuff is driving me nuts!!!)
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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