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"There's No Place Like Home" Canvas

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"There's No Place Like Home" Canvas

designed by Alison Craig

You don't have to be a wizard to create this mixed media canvas for your home in Kansas or anywhere.

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SUPPLIES

Americana Decor® Stencils

  • Distressed Harlequin (12" x 12") (ADS03)

Americana® Stencils

  • Gears & Cogs (12" x 12") (ASMM13)
  • Jacobean Floral (8.5" x 11") (ASC08)
  • Kaleidoscope Accent (5" x 7") (AS09)
  • Retro Mod (12" x 12") (ASMM03)

DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Carbon Black (DMFA05)
  • Cobalt Blue Hue (DMFA08)
  • Cobalt Teal Hue (DMFA10)
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue (DMFA09)
  • Dioxazine Purple (DMFA12)
  • Green Gold (DMFA14)
  • Hansa Yellow Medium (DMFA50)
  • Pyrrole Red (DMFA18)
  • Quinacridone Violet (DMFA34)
  • Titanium White (DMFA39)
  • Vermilion (DMFA45)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Matte Medium (DMM20)
  • Texture Sand Paste (DMM23)
  • White Modeling Paste (DMM21)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • tracing paper
  • transfer paper
  • sandpaper
  • pencil
  • #3 round brush
  • 1" flat brush
  • #2 round brush
  • #2 liner brush
  • 1/2" flat brush
  • 1 piece of scrapbook paper
  • 18" x 24" canvas
  • small polka dot stencil
  • stencil with various size dots
  • palette knife
  • cosmetic sponges

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Use the palette knife and White Modeling Paste to create texture around the edge of the canvas.
  2. Use the Retro Mod Stencil, White Modeling Paste, and the palette knife to create a 3D stencil in a couple of places on the canvas. (Try to avoid the areas that will have writing or details.)
  3. Paint the sides of the canvas with Vermilion and the 1" flat brush.
  4. Paint over the Vermilion with Cobalt Teal using the 1" flat brush. Lift off some of the paint by pressing a wet, wadded-up paper towel into the paint and pulling off.
  5. Paint the canvas face starting on the edge with the Cobalt Teal and the 1" brush. Dip the brush into Green Gold and paint the rest of the canvas face.
  6. Use the #3 round brush and Dioxazine Purple to paint loosely around the edge of the canvas face. Add a touch of Titanium White to the brush and continue to add color around the perimeter of the canvas front.
  7. Use the Kaleidoscope Stencil, a cosmetic sponge, and Cobalt Blue Hue to make a couple of stencils around the canvas.
  8. Mix Titanium White and Cobalt Blue Hue 1:1. Use the cosmetic sponge and the small dot stencil to add about three more stencils to the canvas.
  9. Apply the Distressed Harlequin Stencil in about three places on the canvas with a cosmetic sponge and a 1:1 mixture of Titanium White and Green Gold.
  10. Transfer the drawing to the canvas with tracing and transfer papers and a pencil. (Don't transfer the letters yet.)
  11. Use the #2 round brush and a 1:1 mixture of Dioxazine Purple and Carbon Black to outline the legs, skirt, big rectangles, clouds, and houses. (Save this mixture.) Use the #2 liner brush and Carbon Black to outline the bike. Go ahead and make the spokes by adding stripes from the center out all of the way round the tires.
  12. Use the tracing and transfer papers and a pencil to make the stockings out of scrapbook paper. Decoupage them down with Matte Medium and the 1/2" flat brush.
  13. Use the palette knife and White Modeling Paste to make texture on the clouds.
  14. Double-load the 1/2" flat brush with Quinacridone Violet and Cobalt Blue Hue and fill in the skirt.
  15. Lay the Jacobean Floral over the skirt and apply the stencil to the skirt with a mixture of 1 part Quinacridone Violet/Cobalt Blue Hue mix from step 14 above and 1 part Titanium White.
  16. Fill in the scallops with Cobalt Teal and the #2 round brush.
  17. Mix (3) parts Titanium White with (1) part Carbon Black and use to paint the rectangles with the 1/2" flat brush.
  18. Put the Gears & Cogs Stencil over each rectangle and stencil over them with the cosmetic sponge and a 1:3 mixture of Quinacridone Violet and Titanium White. (Save this mixture.)
  19. Use the tracing and transfer papers and a pencil to transfer the letters. Fill in the letters in boxes with the #2 round brush and the Dioxazine Purple/Carbon Black mix from step 11.
  20. Dip the dirty brush into a little Titanium White and wipe the brush on the palette to blend slightly. Add highlights to the the center of the letters.
  21. Use the Quinacridone Violet/Titanium White mix from step 18 and the #2 liner brush for the seat and handle bars.
  22. Use the #2 liner brush to paint the bike Cobalt Teal. The tires are the Dioxazine Purple/Carbon Black mix from step 11.
  23. Paint the perimeter of the basket with Vermilion and the #2 round brush. Don't wash the brush. Dip it into Hansa Yellow Medium and paint the rest of the basket.
  24. To make textured dots: Mix (1) part Vermilion with (4) parts Texture Sand Paste. Mix (1) part Green Gold and (4) parts Texture Sand Paste. Mix (1) part Cobalt Turquoise Hue and (5) parts Texture Sand Paste. Stencil random dots around the canvas in all three color mixes with the varied-size dot stencil and a palette knife.
  25. Put watered down Cobalt Turquoise Hue on the #3 round brush to paint the clouds. As you get to the bottom of the cloud, add more paint so the color gets darker. Dip the dirty brush into the Dioxazine Purple and add a shadow at the bottom of the clouds.
  26. Separately mix Pyrrole Red, Vermilion, Dioxazine Purple, and Cobalt Turquoise Hue with equal parts of Titanium White to make softer colors. (These are the colors for the houses.) Use the #3 round brush to paint the houses. (Refer to photo for color placement.) While the colors are still wet, smoosh some of the other colors in the edges of the roofs and houses to add interest.
  27. Add a little Titanium White to each of the house colors and use these mixes and a cosmetic sponge to stencil the small dots on the roofs.
  28. Transfer the letters from the pattern. Fill in the letters with Quinacridone Violet/Titanium White mix from step 18 and the #2 round brush.
  29. Outline the "HOME" with the Dioxazine Purple/Carbon Black mix from step 11 and the #2 liner brush.
  30. Add accent colors around the canvas. Use the #2 round brush and Hansa Yellow Medium, Vermilion, Cobalt Teal, Dioxazine Purple, and a 1:2 mix of Dioxazine Purple and Titanium White.
  31. Fix any of the lines that have gotten messed up while you were filling in the shapes. (You can do the lines last, but I do them early so the paint covers some of the lines and makes them thick and thin.) Add dots and zigzags for interest with the #2 liner brush and the Dioxazine Purple/Carbon Black mix from step 11.