Monday, October 8, 2012

Mixed Media Mondy - Norma G Frida Canvas

Happy Monday Peeps!

Big news!!!  ALL of the stamp sets are now on the new website!  We still need to add descriptions and sizes, but at least they are all there!  Yippee!  Go shop!

For our Mixed Media Monday post today we have another FABULOUS project from Norma G using some of our new stamps and one of our older favorite stamp sets.  


Hi there friends, Norma G. here!!
I'm excited to share my latest project with you today!  Here's a little look-see but you're gonna have to come along with me through my creative journey to see the end result ;D

Isn't Frida beautiful, she is on the PWP Muertos Stamp Set.  When I first saw this stamp, I knew I wanted to do something that was shrine like so with that vision in mind I began......

I started out with an 8x8 canvas and covered the edges with Golden Fluid Acrylic in Raw Umber.  I applied it to the canvas with a baby wipe, using a circular motion.

Next I applied a light layer of Cobalt Teal fluid acrylic using a 1" flat brush.

Once the background was dry, I painted the flourishes with a #6 round brush and Liquitex Soft Body Acrylics in Vivid Lime Green and Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue.

To push the flourishes into the background, I applied a white wash to the entire canvas.  With my background complete, I turned my focus to Frida!

I stamped her on a piece of canvas using Stazon, and then colored her in with layers of Primacolor pencils, acrylic paint and gouache until I was happy.  I found the beautiful little frame at a local flea market; all I did was apply a wash of raw umber to antique it a bit.  Next, I turned my attention back to the canvas and things got a little crazy, lol.  

I've wanted to try this technique for awhile but I was definitely nervous about cutting into my canvas.  I really didn't know how it was going to turn out but I thought, nothing ventured nothing gained right and went for it!

So to fill the gaping hole in my canvas, I cut a canvas board down to size using my straight edge as a guide.

Now for some contrast!  I randomly applied Golden Fluid Acrylics in Quinacridone Magenta and Primary Magenta along with Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic in beautiful Iridescent Rich Copper.  While that dried, I went back to stamping :D  

I knew I wanted to use Frida's quote "Feet, What Do I Need You for When I Have Wings to Fly" so I stamped three sets of wings from the PWP Wings Stamp Set.  I also drew three hearts on book text and colored them in with oil pastels.  I colored in the wings with Adirondack markers and fussy cut the wings and hearts; then glued them together. 

This beautiful angel is from the new PWP Angels Stamp Set.  With all my elements ready, I began working on my composition.

I adhered the canvas board to the back of my canvas using Beacon 3-1.

Here is a closer look at one of the winged hearts.  The sentiment I used is on both the Artsy to the Bone Set and the Skeleton Melange Set and I stamped it on a strip of canvas.  To finish it off I added a little rose by Paper Studio.

This one is the smallest of the three hearts.

The red rose and black bling are by Recollections.

Here is the finished piece!  I hand wrote the quote using India ink.  
I'm very happy with the way this canvas turned out because I stepped out of my comfort zone and followed my vision for the piece.  So whenever you have your stamps out and wanna try something a little crazy, JUST GO FOR IT, remember it's all about having fun :D

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a beautiful day full of inspiration!!


  1. WOW, what an amazing project!! All of the details are just stunning!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. wow norma! this is such an inspiring n creative piece. u r so blessed dear:-) loved every inch of it!

  3. Beautiful project! I love how the cutting of the canvas turned out!

  4. Thanks everybody, I'm so glad you like the way it turned out!

  5. SOOOO beautiful!!!! LOVE all of the details and love seeing the steps! Wonderful piece, Norma!

  6. This is amazing. I've sent a link to my daughter who is an artist but also a huge Frida Kahlo fan.I'd be scared of cutting into a canvas too.


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