Mixed Media on Metal

Hello all,

So, I picked up a discounted print (on a 7″ x 9.5″ metal sheet) at my local craft store a few months back.  I didn’t like the print but it was only a few cents and I did like the metal sheet that the print was adhered to.  It was already set up to hang on the wall and I thought…one day I will have an idea on how to re-purpose this.

Well, yesterday was that day.  I wanted to do another steampunky piece (with an old paint brush) and remembered that this find was waiting for me in my stash.  I then pulled out Grundgeboard shapes, metal gears, junk jewelry, and recycled hardware findings to use on this design.

I have said it before but it is worth saying again, I really love picking out all of the bits and bobbles to go on these projects.  For me, they tell a story and I hope others will also build a story about the piece as they view it.  For each person, there is usually a different meaning/take on what the piece represents.

One of my first paint brush pieces was sold to a widow of a painter.  The elements on the piece reminded her of the lovely memories she had of her late husband.  It was such a honor to sell the canvas to someone who felt such meaning for the piece.  It is truly the ultimate compliment that an artist and maker can receive.

Mixed Media Brush No. 337.on metal 3.26.18

Mixed Media Brush No. 337.on metal snipit 2-3.26.18       Mixed Media Brush No. 337.on metal snipit 3-3.26.18

Mixed Media Brush No. 337.on metal snipit 1-3.26.18.jpg

Key Elements:

  • Layer 1: Black Gesso
  • Layer 2: Crackle Medium
  • Layer 3: Acrylic Paint &  sprays
  • Layer 4: Stencil with Texture Paste (on metal sheet as well as on the butterfly wings)
  • Layer 5: Grundgeboard shapes, old paint brush, lots of bits and bobbles. All treated with White Gesso and adhered to metal sheet
  • Layer 6: Acrylic Paint – paint and highlight the bits and bobbles.
  • Layer 7: Satin Varnish
  • Layer 8: Artist Pitt Pens


  • Re-purposed print on 7″ x 9.5″ Metal Sheet
  • DecoArt American Decor, Crackle Medium
  • DecoArt American Acrylic Paint – Titanium White, Laguna, Purple Rain, Citron Green
  • DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister, White
  • DecoArt Americana White Gesso
  • DecoArt Americana DuraClear Satin Varnish
  • Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Gesso, Black
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen – White and Cold Grey
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • DecoArt Americana Stencil, Doily (on Butterfly wings)
  • DecoArt Andy Skinner Mixed Media Stencil
  • Tim Holtz Grundgeboard shapes
  • Sizzix Die, Gadget Gears #2
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Gears
  • Solid Oak Inc., Steampunk gears
  • Prima, Junkyard Findings
  • Recycled Hardware Findings
  • Junk Jewelry
  • Other misc. embellishments

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Hope you all have a great week!  I am still wishing, ardently, for spring to finally arrive!

Happy Day!




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