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Flowery Meadow Canvas

by: Claudia Neubacher
December 18, 2014

Flowery Meadow Canvas

I obviously needed something summer-y to look at (as most of the days right now are grey in grey and cold and wet). So I experimented with wet Texture Crackle and the fabulously colourful DecoArt Media Misters and came up with a bright flowery meadow!

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Orange
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Sap Green
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Ultramarine Blue
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Hansa Yellow Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Blue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Green-Blue
  • Canvas
  • Walnut Ink Crystals (optional)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Palette knife
  • Paint brushes (bristle, fine, soft)
  • Rough linen ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Book pages
  • Sharpie - white
  • Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens

Instructions :

For a start I sealed my canvas with the DecoArt Primer/Sealer to give the Texture Crackle some tooth to hold on to

Next I generously applied Light Mocha Texture Crackle to my dried canvas with a palette knife. I saw to it that it was really thick in some places and rather thin in others. (image 2). I dabbed a palette knife flat into the still wet Texture Crackle and lifted it again to create some visible texture.

While still wet the Texture Crackle was heavily misted with clear water from a spray bottle and then some Walnut Ink Crystals were sprinkled in random spots.

Then the intense Mister colours were sprayed in random places and I also added more water from the spray bottle to make the colours run and mix. All was set to dry thoroughly (I recommend to wait a whole day so the Texture Crackle will have done its full magic).

Once all has dried you will find that the Texture Crackle will have formed the most interesting texture alongside the Mister colours.

Go on the lookout for intersting shapes that might form blossoms and outline them roughly with a bristle brush and acrylic colours. Paint some stems too.

Cut thin strips off some coloured rough linen ribbon to use as stems.

Cut some leave shapes from an old book page. Glue both – ribbon stems and book page leaves to your canvas using the DecoArt media Matte Medium.

Once all has dried doodle on the blossoms, leaves and stems with a white Sharpie and permanent ink pens until you are content with the outcome.

Mix some DecoArt Media White Gesso with two to three drops of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic, Phtalo Green Blue to use as your sky colour.

Paint around your flowers (and over areas you don't like that much) to make them pop.

Apply some drops of DecoArt Paper Effects, Peacock Gold on some of the stamens' ends to add a little more bling and texture to your canvas.

Finish off with adding final details and colours. You're done!

You can also seal your painting with one or two coats of DecoArt Primer/Sealer or one of the fab new DecoArt media varnishes to make your piece of art more durable.

Be sure to visit Von Pappe II for more projects and to learn more about Claudia Neubacher.


Fantastic Art Canvas. It looked so difficult until you gave very detailed directions and pixs. Can't wait to try to do something like it. Love your works.


December 18, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous Claudia!! Your colors and textures are just delicious!! Makes me want to feel your canvas!! I truly love it!! Well done my friend! ")

Jackie P Neal

December 19, 2014

Brilliant tutorial, Claudia. Beautiful canvas..TFS the process


December 19, 2014

Love this Canvas Claudia!!

Andy Skinner

December 20, 2014

Thank you so much, Nancy and Jackie! I am glad to hear that my tutorial helps reveal some of the "magic" behind the finished painting and encourages you to have a go at this! Have fun trying your own! I am sure they will turn out just fab! Claudia xxx


December 20, 2014

Fabulous!, love the sunny colours and gorgeous textures Jools x


December 20, 2014

Stunning piece. Love the final look. Thanks for sharing,

Johanne Lacombe

December 20, 2014

Lovely and really cool effect.


December 20, 2014

Wonderful texture and colors! I love it!

Carmen Whitehead

December 20, 2014

You could have stopped at almost each stage and it would still be interesting and beautiful!! Great project!


December 20, 2014

So many ideas and possibilities here... amazing. Alison x


December 21, 2014

Thanks for all the wonderful feedback! I am glad you like my little canvas! Hugs, Claudia xxx


December 30, 2014

Love it


January 11, 2015

Just georgous. And now I need to add a few things to my shopping list!


January 14, 2015

Love the choice of colours.

Crafting Time

January 24, 2015

Absolutely stunning Claudia! I am desperately waiting for my DecoArt fluid media and other mediums to come - desperately wanting to play with them. I now need those sprays too! Gorgeous rich colours - something more I now have to have Karen x

Karen P

January 25, 2015

Absolutely stunning Claudia! I am desperately waiting for my DecoArt fluid media and other mediums to come - desperately wanting to play with them. I now need those sprays too! Gorgeous rich colours - something more I now have to have Karen x

Karen P

January 25, 2015

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