Friday, April 21, 2017

Love Heart & Soul Mixed Media Canvas with Deb Riddell

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by.  It’s Deb here today to share a mixed media canvas with you that I made using Southern Ridge’s Mare and Foal, Taneesha Heart and Heart Filigree Border chipboard pieces and Heart stencil.

This canvas would be a lovely gift for any Mom on Mother’s Day and all the horse lovers in your life would appreciate it too I think.  I’ve a few step out photos for you on how I created it, hope you will enjoy seeing them.

I started out with 6” x 8” flat artists canvas and added the word ‘love’ to the left side before coating it with gesso.  The letters for the word love were die cut with Tim Holtz’s Alpha Numeric ¾” dies, I layered four of each letter together for some dimension.

I then stenciled some hearts here and there onto the canvas through Southern Ridge’s Heart stencil with Ranger Opaque Texture paste.

After the texture paste dried, I added repeated washes of DecoArt Media fluid acrylics in Cobalt Turquoise Hue and Green Gold, spritzing with water for some drips and runs and drying in between.  A final wash of Golden Titan Buff and DecoArt Media Titanium White was followed with stamping with a fine script stamp and Distress Vintage Photo Archival ink and some spatters of diluted Titanium white.

The canvas was then given a coat of Distress Vintage Collage medium and the edges shaded with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress crayons.

The Mare and Foal chipboard pieces were painted with Distress Brushed Corduroy paint.

The horses were then stenciled with the Flourish layering stencil and Gloss Transparent Texture paste.  Once the paste had dried, the horses were coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and the ink was rubbed off of the gloss texture medium with a soft cloth. I ended up darkening the horses slightly with some Walnut Stain Distress ink in the same manner before adding them to the canvas.

The Taneesha Heart and Heart Filigree Border were painted with Brushed Corduroy Distress paint and then stamped with Tim Holtz’s Ledger Script stamp and Distress Vintage Photo Archival ink.  They were given a coat of satin varnish and slightly shaded with Walnut Stain Distress crayon.

And finally, one of Tim Holtz’s Quote Chips was coloured with Old Paper and Shabby Shutters Distress crayons and edged with Walnut Stain crayon.

To assemble the canvas, the Taneesha Heart and Heart Filigree Border were centered top and bottom.

And the Quote Chip adhered to the right side of the canvas.

The Mare and Foal chipboard pieces were popped up on some small pieces of black fun foam and adhered overtop of the Taneesha Heart, perched on top of the Heart Filigree Border.

You can see the dimension in the picture below and also see some of the sheen from the gloss texture paste embossing on the horses.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my Love Heart & Soul mixed media canvas, I had a lot of fun creating it to share with you!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Ranger Ink/Tim Holtz - Distress Ink, Distress Paint, Distress Collage Medium, Distress Crayons and Distress Archival Ink
- Ranger Ink: Gloss Transparent Texture paste and Opaque Texture paste
- Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz: Ledger Script stamp and Flourish layering stencil
- Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Alpha Numeric ¾” dies
- Advantus/Tim Holtz: Quote Chips
- DecoArt: Media Fluid Acrylics and Satin Varnish
- Golden: Artists Colors High Flow Acrylic Paint
- Miscellaneous: 6” x 8” flat artists canvas, black fun foam, wet adhesive and gesso

Thank you so much for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. I love your canvas Deb, the background you created for the Mare and Foal is beautiful and they look lovely with the texture you created on them with the flourish stencil. A beautiful piece! xx

  2. Fabulous textured background, and I really love the glossy resist on the mare and foal. Lovely natural colour palette too.
    Alison x