Today’s project is a forest maze mixed media canvas with a bit of steampunk, which I made this time on the back of a 30×15 cm canvas. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always influenced by the seasons, in summer I usually do beach – holiday-themed creations, now I made this project in autumn style with a little forest and leaves, but I rarely skip the gears, whatever the theme.
- I covered the canvas with white gesso, then applied graphite texture paste to the sides of the canvas and the frame, with minimal paste applied in the inside as well. I also added white crackle paste in varying thicknesses to cover both small and large cracks.
- I then applied transparent plastic to the inside of the canvas to give the frame and the inside a different color scheme. I used Flat Fabio Greased Lightnin’ Green and Starburst Frosty Forest Green on the frame to compose a shimmery and matte effect at the same time. I also added Cathedral Pines Green Magical Shaker and some Magical in Sea Grass Green shade as well. The hint of brown shading is thanks to Bratwurst Brown Magical Shaker.
- I first sprinkled Cattail Copper Brown Magical powder from the Autumn leaves collection on the inside, then used Starburst Squirts in Maple Syrup Bronze and Hockey Puck Black.
- I chose Finnabair mold and metal elements to create the composition. I painted the mold leaves with Greased Lightnin’ Green flat magical and used Stormy Silver Magical Shaker and Glitzy Gold Magical on the frames.
- I applied Brown Rust Effect Paste to the gears, then continued with Flat Fabio Mists Cafe au Lait and sprayed on Sandra Dee Sepia. I added Moon Shadow mist for extra sparkle, choosing Crow’s Nest Copper.
- I sprayed Mango Mania mist on the dragonfly, followed by Bonjour Butter. Finally, I added Glitzy Gold for the final color.
- I also added some Art Pebbles to the canvas, which I colored with Glitzy Gold Magical mixed with Light paste. I mixed it in this paste because it gives a more uniform color and doesn’t run off the surface of the pebbles, and the glue doesn’t dissolve.
- For extra hold, I chose Dusty Attic chipboard, namely Geometric Panel, which has a bit of a labyrinthine effect. I sprinkled Slam Dunk Silver embossing powder on top.
- I also used embossing powder on Typo Bulbs, one of my favorite being Cafe au Lait.
- I used waxes to highlight the different elements even more. I used Old Silver on the gears to show the textured finish. I applied Rose Gold metallique wax to the metal flowers. I applied Graphite wax to the Roman numerals and the frames under the dragonfly. I finished it with Matt wax, I chose Old White, which I also applied to the gears, frames, Roman numerals, leaves and a little on the edges of the flowers.
Finally, I added grainy embellishments and stamping.
You can find the tutorial here: