Bringing in the New Year with Mixed Media

Hello all,

I don’t know about you but I am finally starting to settle down a bit after the mad holiday rush.  Our New Year’s eve is usually a quite one spent at home.  I will likely craft away the evening while watching the New Year excitement on TV.

One of the projects that I will continue to work on is these Mini Mixed Canvas Calendars (like the ones shown below).

Mixed Media Mini Calendar 2018

To make these, I started with mini calendars (made by docrafts) and paired them with 3″ x 4″ stretched canvas panels with easel.   To make each unique, I applied various acrylic paint techniques for the backgrounds and then added buttons, metal jewelry parts, gears and other embellishments to create the desired look that I was going for.  Each are one of a kind and can be made to match every taste so, they would make great New Year’s gifts.

Pretty and Pink

Mixed Media Mini Calendar 2018 pink

Key elements/techniques:

  • Acrylic paint sprays.
  • Script stamp in background.
  • Texture paste applied through stencil.
  • Twine and word bead.
  • Metal gears
  • Jewelry parts

Skull and gears

Mixed Media Mini Calendar 2018 skull

Key elements/techniques:

  • Acrylic painted background with crackle finish
  • Stencil cream
  • Metal gears
  • Jewelry parts

Butterfly and roses

Mixed Media Mini Calendar 2018 butterfly

Key elements/techniques:

  • Acrylic paint sprays.
  • Stamps in background
  • Lazer cut chipboard butterfly
  • Sheer ribbon
  • Metal embellishments
  • Jewelry parts

So, with this post being published on the crest of a New Year, I am curious as to what your goals or resolutions might be?  The big one for me is that I will be starting technique videos in 2018.  This is a big step for me!  I have been prepping me and my studio for this new adventure so I hope that things turn out well.  I just have to pick the right project to start and and just take the final leap!

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Happy Day!