Layered Stencils Mixed Media Canvas

Nicole Austin
August 21, 2018
November 27, 2017

Hello! Nicole Austin here with another Artist Gang Tuesday video tutorial! This week, I'll show you how to create this layered, mixed media canvas using stencils and my favorite supplies and techniques! To get started, you'll need a few supplies:

  • Stencils: Leaf-Stem Trio DD-045 and Birds Silhouette DD-039
  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Inks
  • Acrylic paint (Golden Titanium White and Colbalt Teal)
  • Golden High Flow Acrylic (Indigo and White)
  • Spray ink (permanent type in a dark navy such as Mr Huey's or Marabu)
  • Stabilo Marks-All-Pencil (black)
  • Acrylic Paint Pens (Liquitex 15 mm in Cadmium Red and Fluorescent Pink)
  • Waterbrush
  • Foam brush
  • Baby wipes
  • Spray bottle

To build up your background, you'll need to let each layer dry in between before moving onto the next (except where noted in the video! Sometimes, you'll need to do some special techniques while the paint or ink is still wet). It's fun to play with color and contrast. You'll need to play around a bit until you get it to where you like it. Don't be afraid to take risks--it's just paint, after all! Any layer can be covered, altered, or added to.

Try working with several surfaces at once to allow yourself the full freedom and rhythm of your own creative flow. I'll often have several canvases and art journals ready to wipe extra paint onto or catch drips of paint and ink. They also make great backgrounds later. You'll also see in the video that I actually choose the "dripped on" canvas rather than the original demo canvas that I start with!

I hope you've enjoyed this week's Artist Gang Tuesday mixed media tutorial! I'd love to see what you're inspired to create!

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I am a mixed media artist, designer and instructor from San Jose, CA (currently living in Tempe, AZ).  I believe that everyone has a unique style and desire to create and that we are born curious and creative.  Over the years, many of us are discouraged from following our creative urges but I believe it is never too late to begin (or begin again!).  My art is messy, colorful, layered and fun. I have been drawn to the creative arts since I can remember.  My first canvas was every surface in my grandma’s house: the walls, the books, underneath the marble coffee table in the dining room (she didn’t find out until years later)!  These days, I love filling up pages in my art journal with bright colors and collage paper and if I can be outside on a picnic blanket in the grass--even better!  I love inspiring others and cheering them on as they (re)discover their creative voice.