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"Tess and Teddy" Mixed Media Wood Canvas

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"Tess and Teddy" Mixed Media Wood Canvas

designed by PLA Schneider

Create a colorful and unique mixed media art piece entitled "Tess and Teddy".

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Americana® Gloss Enamels™ Stick-On Stencils

  • Mod (6" x 8") (AGS219)

Americana® Stencils

  • Inspiration (6" x 8") (ASMM38)
  • Loopy (6" x 8") (ASMM44)

DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Burnt Umber (DMFA03)
  • Cobalt Teal Hue (DMFA10)
  • Dioxazine Purple (DMFA12)
  • Green Gold (DMFA14)
  • Pyrrole Orange (DMFA21)
  • Quinacridone Magenta (DMFA35)
  • Titan Buff (DMFA38)
  • Titanium White (DMFA39)
  • Yellow Oxide (DMFA47)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Matte Medium (DMM20)

Other supplies

  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • tracing paper
  • transfer paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • liner brush
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • #8 round brush
  • cosmetic sponge
  • plain white copy paper
  • brayer
  • 12" x 12" basswood canvas (Walnut Hollow)
  • oil pastels (pinks, browns, and coordinating colors)
  • scrapbook paper (Garden Florals) (Recollections)
  • photo-copied burlap


  1. Squirt a bit of these colors onto the basswood canvas: Cobalt Teal Hue, Pyrrole Orange, Quinacridone Magenta, and Yellow Oxide. (You can always add more if needed.)
    Step 0 Example
  2. Use a brayer to smooth the paint over the surface in a vertical direction.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Squirt a bit of these colors onto the scrapbook paper: Cobalt Teal Hue, Green Gold, and Yellow Oxide.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Use a brayer to smooth the paint over the scrapbook paper in a horizontal direction.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use a pencil and the tracing and transfer papers to trace the couch pattern onto the painted scrapbook paper. Cut out both pieces with scissors. Using a 3/4" flat brush, adhere to the canvas with Matte Medium.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Use a #8 round brush to paint the perimeter of the couch in Cobalt Teal Hue.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Use a liner brush to add details in Dioxazine Purple to the couch frame. Use a cosmetic sponge and the Americana Inspiration Stencil to add words to the right side of the canvas and use the Americana Loopy Stencil on both the right and left sides, all in Dioxazine Purple.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Use the pattern to trace girl's top, sleeves, and bottom onto the scrapbook paper. Using a #8 round brush, dipped into water, to paint over the top and sleeves in Yellow Oxide. Rinse brush; dip into water; and paint over the bottom in Quinacridone Magenta. Using a pencil and the tracing and transfer papers, trace the face pattern onto a piece of plain white paper. Using a #8 round brush, paint the face Titan Buff and the lips Quinacridone Magenta.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Using a pencil and the tracing and transfer papers, trace the bear pattern onto the photo-copied burlap. Cut out bear, and, using a #8 round brush, adhere it into place with Matte Medium. Using a #8 round brush, paint the girl's hair Quinacridone Magenta. While it's still wet, move on to the next step.
    Step 8 Example
  10. While her hair is still wet and without cleaning the brush, add highlights in Titanium White. Using a liner brush, add details to the teddy bear in Burnt Umber.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Using a cosmetic sponge, randomly stencil dots from the Americana Gloss Enamels Stick-On Mod Stencil to the surface, in random contrasting colors. Use oil pastels in pinks to add rosy cheeks. Use oil pastels in browns to add detail to the face. Use oil pastels in coordinating colors to outline the girl, bear, and couch.


Dipping the brush into water first will help make the paint transparent in order for the pattern of the underlying paper to show through.

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