Mixed Media Dream Canvas Art

Do you ever get intimated when it comes to trying new things?  For the most part I think of myself as a fairly crafty person, but this month my monthly DecoArt challenge pushed me to try something new.  I was pretty intimated by this month’s DecoArt project because I have zero artistic ability.  I have to admit that in the beginning I was worried about how this project would turn out, but I have to say I love how my Mixed Media Dream Canvas Art turned out and it was actually lots of fun to try something new.

There are lots of amazing products out there for mixed media projects, but after spending 20 minutes in the aisle of the craft store trying to decide what to do I finally settled on the DecoArt Misters because I figured they were a safe place to start. You can use with or without stencils and masking materials to create unique cards, art journal pages, and background washes. Or Layer it for multi-dimensional effects.  This canvas artwork is pretty simple, but I’m looking forward to getting more creative the next time I attempt a mixed media project.

What You Will Need: 

  • Canvas
  • Dream stencil
  • DecoArt Misters in orange, yellow and hot pink
  • Painters tape
  • Americana Laguna acrylic paint
  • Sponge paint brush
  • Gold leaf
  • Gold leaf gilding glue
  • Paint brush
  • Metallic gold stickers

Step 1: 

Start by spraying the top of the canvas with the hot pink mister.  After a little trial and error I decided I liked a more blended look so I took a dry paper towel and wiped back and forth to blend the colors together.

Step 2: 

Repeat the above step with the other remaining colors until you have the desired look you want.  Once I had blended all the colors I used the misters to lightly spray another patterned layer on top.

Step 3: 

Use painters tape to tape the dream stencil to the canvas, then use a sponge brush to color the stencil with the Laguna paint. Let the paint dry completely.

Step 4: 

Lightly brush areas of the canvas with the gold leaf gilding glue and apply sheets of gold leaf.  Once it is dry, use a dry paint brush to brush away any excess.

Step 5: 

Finally add a few of the metallic stickers in a random pattern on the canvas.

While this project was fairly simple, I really do love how it turned out and can’t wait to hang it in my office.  It will be the perfect reminder and motivation I need to keep reaching for those dreams and making things happen!

Have you ever created a mixed media project?  I’d love to hear about what your favorite medium is to work with or see the projects you’ve created so leave a comment below.

Be sure to check out some of my other popular projects using DecorArt products:

Wood Painted Mountain Blocks

DIY Painted Copper Leaf Christmas Ornaments

DIY Metallic Bar Cart


Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. Mariah, Your mixed media art is awesome! A perfect piece for inspiration! Great job. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE this project. TFS
    Helen — Firenze Cards

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