Friday, February 26, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 - Stenciled Flowery and Oxide Watercolor Mixed Media Mini Canvas

Another mouthful with that title, and one of my favorite makes this year. I'm back with another Tim Holtz Sizzix Flowery Thinlit make that didn't make Tim's LIVE as I mentioned in the last post. I used basically the same colors of Ranger Oxide Sprays on this as the previous card just adding a few more colors, but with a twist on the Flowery Thinlit. I used the die as a stencil instead of adhering the actual die cut on, and of course it's on a canvas rather than a card. Keep that in mind with other card sized die cuts, because using the die as a stencil gives you even more options for making Art decor pieces as well as cards. And, the great part is this was so simple to make. This is a lengthy post so grab snacks. Enjoy!
So that you can see the whole little canvas, I've laid it on top of the frame for the photos, but it will be housed in the frame for display.

Die cut the Flowery Thinlit with the Kraft Heavystock. Pick out all of the pieces inside the die EXCEPT the pieces that you know will be the sky areas as you will want those to be recessed and not raised from the paste. (Note: From my previous post, one of the main reasons I colored in the extra image of the Flowery was to see where my sky areas would be, so if you think this will help you print out an image and color it in with markers to use as a guide, or just use a picture of my completed project.) Use a Collage Brush and Collage Medium to add a heavy coating to the front of the piece making sure your sky areas stay inside the die where they need to be and carefully lift up to dry on a nonstick surface, and clean up any medium left behind. When dry flip over and coat the back, again placing on a nonstick surface. This will make the die cut stronger for use as a stencil, and hopefully you will be able to use it again.

Using a 4 x 4 inch chunky canvas and Crackle Texture Paste, apply the paste lightly with your finger, rubbing it all over the top and sides of the canvas. Let dry naturally. Texture is your best friend when it comes to canvas in my opinion, and Crackle Paste is fabulous.
Lay the Flowery stencil over the canvas in whatever way you want the foliage to be seen, and using a palette knife while holding the stencil in place, spread Matte Texture Paste through the stencil heavily so that you cannot see any part of the canvas underneath the stenciled parts. Remove the stencil, and clean any paste from the sides of the canvas. Let this dry naturally at least an hour. Clean off your stencil as best you can will a little water and a rag to get all of the paste off that you can as you will use this again. If some sky areas fall out in the cleaning process it is fine to place them back in. Mine stayed in great shape and can be used again after this project and only one sky piece fell out.
Gather Mustard Seed, Crackling Campfire, and Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Sprays and a water coloring brush. You don't have to do this next part if you eyes are sharp, but I needed a little guidance. Lay the stencil back over the canvas matching up the raised dry paste areas to the stencil. Leave the stencil on to help you paint in these first parts to help you make out the scene of foliage, and where the sky will go (now you know why that was important if you have eyes like mine). Shake the Mustard Seed Oxide first and pour just a tiny amount of it onto the craft mat. Pick up the Oxide with the brush and color in the centers of the flowers liberally.  Color will bleed out and that is fine. Next, color in the flowers with the Crackling Campfire but being a little more careful so that not much color bleeds out. Then color in the leaves with Rustic Wilderness. Remove the stencil, and carefully paint in the recessed areas of the flowers and leaves so that you can now make out the scene. Take artist license here and shape the leaves and flower petals in the recessed areas how you wish, and even add in stems. Lightly mist once with water from about a foot above the canvas and let this dry naturally about an hour. The colors will blend slightly (especially in the flower centers) and wick out gently as well as oxidize like Oxides do, and also seep into those fabulous crackled parts. Color in the sky areas with Speckled Egg where you think sky should be using the set aside stencil as a guide so you know where for sure, as well as color the sides of the canvas. If other colors came down the sides just blot with a paper towel and then recolor with Speckled Egg. The other colors will naturally blend in with the blue on top of the canvas and you want that to create a dreamy watercolor look, but if any mud up to much just blot off. Let this dry a bit before moving on.
Now that the canvas is dry you can see what needs retouching and highlighting, and now you can really add to the canvas with another lay of color. I applied the same colors on the flower parts and pulled the colors out a bit to give the flower petals more of a wispy look. I also added a little Twisted Citron to the leaves for some contrast. I let this dry, and then added a little more Speckled Egg to the sky as well as a tiny bit of Tumbled Glass to the centers of the sky areas and let the two blues blend. If other colors mud up the sky area use a paper towel to blot the excess and retouch. You can also use a heat tool to help dry the layers. I did three coats in total of the Oxides over the canvas. Let it dry completely over night. Remember, there might be times you don't like the look of it, but you can always use a clean and damp rag or paper towel to remove any color and then reapply. 
To further highlight the centers of the flowers, apply Glossy Accents to the centers and pour gold micro beads on top and shake off the excess. You can leave the centers alone if you wish or even apply other dimensional items. Once the centers are dry and you like the look of the canvas (you can touch up anything you wish at this point) spray a light coat of Spray Fixatif over the canvas and sides. This will add a barrier of protection so your colors won't further blend together before applying a top coat. FYI, if you want to sign your canvas do so before the Fixatif so it can be seen well. I did not do that and my signature is barely seen. Spray Fixatif is a good trick for sealing any of your Distress projects that you don't want to reinvigorate later, as all Distress Mediums (except paints) are water based and can move again with a wet agent.
 Spray the canvas and sides with a clear glossy top coat and let dry. (Note: After I sprayed mine, I thought the flowers needed a little more of something and noticed that the raised paste areas all had a little lip wall around them, so I added Glossy Accents to the flower petals only to really make them pop, and the Glossy Accents settled nicely to the surface of each petal.) 

(Die Cut Machine, Craft Pick, Collage Medium Brush, Palette Knife, Paintbrush for Watercoloring, Water Mister) 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Kraft Heavystock
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits (Chapter 1 2021): Flowery Thinlit 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte 
-4 x 4 Mini Chunky Canvas 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Texture Paste: Crackle, Matte 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray: Mustard Seed, Crackling Campfire, Rustic Wilderness, Speckled Egg, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass 
-Ranger Glossy Accents 
-Gold Micro Beads
-Krylon Spray Workable Fixatif, Crystal Clear Gloss
Sorry there were so many photos, but I just couldn't help myself as I am in love with this little beauty. I am so surprised at how easy it was to make. Thank you truly for stopping by and for all the blog love! I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Spring has sprung!! Wow, love this technique idea. Another great one, Anita!!

  2. So eye-catching - love the depth and shine.
    Alison x

  3. Hello Anita, I'm planning on "borrowing" your idea of the texture canvas. I have seen Tim Holtz, show you projects during his videos. You have many inspiring ideas!

    I would love to know if you offer videos of your projects? Especially this one. I have a sort of disconnect between reading instructions, (no matter how detailed and well explained), and reading and seeing someone on video.
    Just curious.

    Once again, Thanks
    Stay safe and healthy,
    I'll be following!

    1. Hi and thanks for the comments. I'm working on getting my YouTube back up after it magically just disappeared for no apparent reason. All I have now are just the tutorials here on my blog with a print out button at the bottom of each post. I'm sorry that's a difficult format for you. I too like seeing things in motion. Hopefully soon. Thanks so much for following and commenting, it means so much!!!

  4. What a sensational symphony of punchy hues and eye-catching textures. Wonderful work, Anita!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

  5. Absolutely stunning! I love those colors together


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