Life By The Seat Of My Pants

Where We Love Mixed Media Painting

Posted on: November 12, 2012

My husband’s ship will be returning from an eight month deployment in the next few weeks and we will be having a party the night before homecoming for all of the spouses and family members. There will be snacks and goodies and door prizes.  I have donated this painting and it will be given away as one of the door prizes.

You can view the full video tutorial below.

Since I am creating a series of these ‘HOME’ paintings, the process for creating the background will be basically the same for all of them.

I layered on torn sections of sheet music, book pages and scrapbook paper, painted the entire canvas with Titan Buff and blotted off the excess. I also aged the entire canvas with a wash of Van Dyke Brown and water.

I applied modeling paste to the corners of the canvas and stamped into it with a key stamp. I then added Antique Copper paint to the same stamp and and added it in random places over the entire canvas. I  aged the entire canvas with a wash of Van Dyke Brown and water, then I added some Pure Gold paint to the raised bits of the modeling paste debossed keys.

I printed out my text, aged it with Vintage Photo Distress ink and then painted the edges with Pure Gold acrylic craft paint then glued it on using Matte Medium.

I painted a strip of lace with Antique Copper then with Pure Gold and attached it to the canvas with clear tacky glue.

I printed out the ship and deployment information and attached it to chipboard to create a commemorative plaque for the painting. I aged the plaque with Vintage Photo Distress Ink then coated the entire thing with Glossy Accents. I hit it with the heat gun to create a rippled effect in the glue then once it was dry, I attached it to the painting with clear tacky glue.

I created the vintage door handle and plate, as well as the key using Creative Paperclay® and let them dry completely. I then coated all of the pieces with Black paint and with a dry brush I applied Antique Copper paint to the raised areas for definition. Lastly, I attached all of the pieces to the canvas using E6000 glue.

I am very proud of this piece and I really hope the winner of the drawing likes it as well. If you are interested in purchasing a customized “Home” painting for your homecoming, please email me at

You can  join me every Tuesday for my LIVE SHOW and don’t forget to check out all of the classes I have available.

You can always find lots of inspiration on the Creative Paperclay® blog.

See you next time!


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