Saturday, 18 August 2018

“Fragments” Mixed Media Collage on Canvas Tutorial by Sanda Reynolds

My dear friends,
I have always loved vintage elements, flea market findings, old walls and distressed textures. The look and the feel of old buildings, ornaments, items are a feast for my eyes and my soul. Today Sanda shows you how to create stunning vintage effect using my newest Fantasy Texture Pastes, Plaste Paste and other media.

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“I'm writing my story so that others might see fragments of themselves.”  Lena Waithe

Hi guys,
I’.m back today sharing my newest project for the Team, a mixed media collage on canvas, that I hope you’ll enjoy. I used lots and lots of Finn’s goodies when I created this canvas, old and new, so let me show you how you can easily bring magic into your art, just by using these amazing products!

I started by collaging pieces of handmade paper and Finnabair resist canvas using 3D Matte Gel. When this was dry, I applied a generous amount of Finn’s plaster paste, spreading it with a palette knife. I didn’t cover the entire canvas and I spread it unevenly, leaving it thick in some places and thin in others to create more interest. I dried this layer thoroughly.

TIP: If your plaster paste, or indeed any other texture paste starts to dry a bit, just add a few spritzes of water, mix well and you are ready to go.
Going back to my canvas - when the plaster paste was dry, I collaged more elements, this time I used a few tiny puzzle pieces from my stash and some wonderful Finnabair Mechanicals. When I finished glueing down all of them, I applied a coat of white heavy gesso and dried everything again.

For my next step, I added colour and texture using the new Fantasy Texture Paste sets. I started with the Fire Orange from the Anemone and Coral set. I spread the paste in a few places with a brush, then spritzed it with water from a spray bottle and blended with a baby wipe. Next, I added Turquoise and Powder Blue from the Northern Lights set and Blue Green from the Anemone and Coral set. All these new colours are just amazing! 😊

For a bit more pizzazz, I added two of the new Art Alchemy Opal Magic paints – Teal Pink and my favourite Teal Blue. Pure awesomeness, my friends… pure magic… you’ll see what I mean when you’ll watch the video, they are just gorgeous!

For my focal point, I created a “mosaic” of puzzle pieces on which I collaged Finn’s Ephemera vintage photos.
To finish my canvas, I added another layer of Fantasy Texture Paste, (this time I used Cream from the Old Walls set) and a few splatters with Teal Blue Opal Magic.

Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see the products I used. Enjoy and have fun!

I hope you’ve got inspired by this project and you are ready to try some of these techniques in your artwork.

Have a lovely day, my friends, 
Sanda xoxo

Products I have used - all the images linked to Mixed Media Place online store:


Sue Lelli said...

Absolutely ADORE this! THX for the tutorial and the inspiration! Just STUNNING!

na.olsen said...

I love the layers ! The puzzle pieces with pictures on them are great !

suzieq23 said...

Sanda, I am one of your biggest fans. Love all your creative art. Love the use of the puzzle pieces and especially how you collaged the bigger puzzle pieces with the vintage people. What a great idea! I may have to try this one myself after I purchase some of the new ingredients.

Christine Kiehl said...

WOW This is simply amazing! I love it! So very clever! Colorful! Thank you for sharing the step by step with pics!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much, ladies, happy you like it! 💗xoxo

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