Focus - A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

Focus – A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas!

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

Focus on word that means something to you, like a word-of-the-year, by painting it inside a bright, bold, messy circle!

Focus - A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

This mixed-media canvas certainly catches my eye each day now and reminds me to stay on track with my word for 2015!

The canvas I started with is just under 12″ square, and it’s a box canvas so that I don’t have to worry about framing it. I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paint, which is basically a kind of acrylic paint. Here’s the order I painted the circle in, leaving the paint to dry in between each layer…

1. Draw a pencil circle lightly on the canvas – I drew around a child’s plate.
2. Paint a wide yellow circle on top of the pencil.
3. Paint a blue circle on top of the yellow one – leaving the yellow edge showing.
4. Paint a red circle on top of the blue one – again leaving an edge showing.
5. Splatter yellow, blue, and red paint across the canvas. You don’t need to leave it to dry between colours, just do them all at once. Make sure you protect the surrounding areas as the paint may flick around the room.
6. Paint some sketchy black circles on top, making them more intense in the center and fading as the circles go outwards.

Focus - A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next you can paint the inside circle with watered down acrylic paint or gesso, to help your word stand out from the background. Blend the edges of the gesso out with a baby wipe or wet piece of kitchen paper:

Focus - A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

Flick some white paint or gesso across the canvas and leave it to dry. Then stamp a variety of icons around the circle using Stayz On black ink:

Focus - A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

It’s easier to press the stamp on if you hold the canvas from behind, or bulk it out with something, so there’s something to press onto. Otherwise the canvas will just sink as you try to press the stamp on!

Once you’re happy with your stamps you can paint your word into the centre (or use alpha stickers if you are worried about painting letters):

Focus - A Bright, Bold, Mixed-Media Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

I also added some enamel dots and gems – using Glossy Accents to stick them on as I didn’t think the adhesive that came on them would last very long on a canvas.

Be Inspired:

Make a home decor piece featuring a special word

Use a large circle on your background for your next project

Create colourful paint layers with black lines on top

What word would you put in the middle of this bright circle?

I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

  • Linda Reilly

    Fantastic,also would look great on a layout xx

    May 17, 2015 at 11:36 am
  • The black soooo pops beautifully against those brights…..looks amazing. I’ve got 3 mini canvases from the op shop that need up-cycling…’ve got me thinking now!!!

    May 17, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Dawn Cheshire

    Love it, might let my 2 eldest sons make a canvas when the new baby arrives for his/her room!

    May 17, 2015 at 11:55 am
  • Another amazing project….my word would be Family….because that is what is important to me!

    May 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm
  • That is great and my word is Light
    Jo xxx

    May 17, 2015 at 1:01 pm
  • another great project really pops and definitely is a great focal point

    May 17, 2015 at 1:14 pm
  • Annie

    Wow! love the bright colours with the pop of black – reminds me of superman comic books, love it! :o)

    May 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    Love your canvas!!!!!! Would probably use the word ‘Family’!1

    May 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm
  • This is really cool! Love anything canvas! Hmmmn… I think I’d use the word ‘breathe’.

    May 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm
  • I love doing mixed media on canvas, it’s so fun to get messy!

    May 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm
  • the pop of black and the stamped images really stand out on your bright canvas. Love this.

    May 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm
  • Janet

    I am just getting into making canvas’s and this one is awesome. I would put the word happy in the center of mine.

    May 17, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  • Sharon

    wonder if I can adapt this to a layout….. x

    May 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm
  • Frances

    Such a great project! Love the idea and how you executed it so easily! Looks like fun too!

    May 17, 2015 at 6:37 pm
  • Emily

    I love this! I have been wanting to paint on canvas for a while now, but kept feeling intimidated. You did such an amazing job on this!

    May 17, 2015 at 9:54 pm
  • The idea of creating a canvas has always appeals to me but I have never known where to begin. A set of them with different wordswould work ‘Focus’ definatly, then for me I would have ‘Together’, and ‘Dream’ maybe ‘Memories’

    May 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm
  • I love making canvas art….I’ve never thought of using it this way though.

    May 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm
  • My word this year is INSPIRATION & I think it would work perfectly in a bright circle, too!

    May 21, 2015 at 4:06 am
  • Great FOCUS project!! Like the colors you used!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    May 23, 2015 at 10:07 pm

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