Today I’m going to show you how to create interesting Mixed Media hair with depth and texture. You can use this technique on canvas or paper and it results in a project that you want to reach out and touch – to run your fingers over the pattern and surface (well I do any how!). This also shows how versatile how Magicals are – as you can mix them with so many different products for a variety of looks.
What I used:
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Products
- Magicals mixed with Gesso for pastel background – Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple
- Magicals mixed with Gel Medium for hair base – Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple
- Magicals mixed with water as ink – Cheshire Cat Cherry, Tweedle Dee Denim and Tea Pot Purple
- Starburst sprayed over background for subtle shimmer – Cheshire Cat Cherry and Down the Rabbit Hole
- Magicals mixed with acrylic paint for face – Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple
- Martha Stewart Gesso – white
- Golden Mediums – Glass Bead Gel and Fiber Paste
- Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint – Santa’s Flesh, GP Purple and Espresso
- Stencil Magic Stencil – Floral Accent
- White pre-gessoed canvas
To Create the Mixed Media Hair:
Sketch image onto your canvas
Colour the hair using Magicals (Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tweedle Dee Denim) mixed with Gel Medium to create a base layer.
I applied the cherry all over the hair and then added the denim to darken.
Once the base layer is dry, cover hair with texture paste, making sure to create loads of peaks and valleys as these will catch the colour and shimmer of subsiquent layers.
Once the texture paste is dry, mix Magicals (Cheshire Cat Cherry and Tea Pot Purple) with water to create a sparkly ink and apply over the hair, make sure to be heavy handed and allow the mica to settle into the valleys in the texture paste and allow to dry thoroughly.
Using your finger apply a light layer of Inka Gold to the high points created by the texture paste, this picks up the texture and breaks up the colours underneath a little.
For the final step, you will need some Glass Bead Gel and a bold stencil. Protect the face and apply the bead gel through the stencil onto the hair.
You will need to allow each section of bead gel to dry before applying the next.
Once dry, the bead gel takes on a wonderful glossy appearance and the clear beads pick up the colours from underneath and enhance the sparkle.
I really adore how this turned out, the hair in real life is truly a show stopper!
7 thoughts on “Mixed Media Hair on Canvas Tutorial by Kate”
Wow, wow kate, this is absolutely stunning!!
Thank you so much Marta 🙂
Thanks so much Sharon, I loved working on this one 🙂
This is wonderful project Kate. I looove the final effect on the hair. Thank you for sharing xx
Wow wow wow Amazing I love all in this canvas.
I was lucky enough to see this piece in person, and I can say it’s one of the most stunning pieces you’ve created with Lindy’s so far Kate (and you have created gorgeous ones!). This one was just stunning, the textures, the colors, the details. Totally awesome!