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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #27: Under the Sea + Mixed Media Tutorial



So there's a great challenge going on over at Crafty Gals Corner! We have a challenge that begins every  WEDNESDAY! More often then not there are MULTIPLE SPONSORS PER WEEK! So there's plenty of chances to win! 

This week's challenge at Crafty Gals Corner is Under the Sea!

Prize: $20 Gift Certificate 

So - If you've been following me for a while you probably know that I have a serious obsession with the sea, mermaids, and nautical things. I chose to use this stunning image by Ching Chou Kuik called Deep Sea Siren. I really wanted to do something special with this image - so I decided to do a mixed media canvas. 

This was a LOT of fun but still kinda nerve wrecking because I'm VERY new to mixed media and still experimenting with things. I do, however, ABSOLUTELY LOVE HOW THIS CAME OUT! I hope you do too. I have a little picture tutorial of how this came to be as well. First though, I will show you the final result!

So how in the world did a blank canvas get to this point? Let me show you - It's extremely rare that I take pictures of my progressive journey through mixed media. I hope it inspires you to try it if you haven't yet!

Here are some of the supplies that I used - Gesso, Modeling Paste, Modge Podge, Paint Brushes, Acrylic Paints, STAMPlorations Stencils, Water Spray Bottle, Frame, Image by Ching Chou Kuik, 8x10 Canvas 

I also used - Inkdinkado Chalks, Sea Shells, Netting from the Sea Shells, Silver Glass Glitter, Frantage Powder, Pearls, Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers, Wild Orchid Crafts Pearls, Texture Brush

Colored Image - Deep Sea Siren by Ching Chou Kuik
Boy that Octopus was very interesting to color and I struggled for a while trying to figure out how exactly to do it. If anyone is interested I used the following Copic Markers:
Darkest to Lightest
E18, E19, YR18, YR16, Y38

I started out by coating the canvas in Gesso and the setting the image in the middle. I then lightly brushed over the edges of the images with the Gesso and let the whole thing dry. My next step was to coat the canvas in modeling paste. Yes- Modeling Paste is a little thick for this but it worked well for this project - not so much for stenciling though. I really need to try and find some texture paste or something that spreads a little easier. I then used the textured brush and dabbed it all over the canvas to create that effect.

I put the STAMPlorations stencil in the corner and brushed more modeling paste over it. I let it set for a few minuets and then used Turquoise acrylic paint and swirled it over the modeling paste and then removed the stencil and viola! 

I then took the same turquoise paint and mixed it with a little bit of Bahama blue and white so that it would lighten it up a bit. I used that mixture to paint the remainder of the canvas and very carefully painted it in between the dark turquoise "bubbles". It looked a little funny so I used some similar colored chalk and chalked all the way up to the edge of the image. 

I can't believe I've never seen or heard of Fran-tage powder until recently!! I don't know what rock I was under but this stuff is AWESOME. Well while googling this Frant-age powder I also found Silver Glass Glitter and got some of that as well. The Glass Glitter does NOT melt like the embossing powder, but if you combine them the glass glitter with the embossing powder it kinda sticks down. I did use Modge Podge as a base layer though.

A LONG time ago I bought decorative shells from Michaels and they came in this white netted bag. Well for whatever reason, at the time, I kept the netted bag and finally found the PERFECT use for it. I cut in half and tied a knot in it and used it on the bottom right corner. 

In conjunction with the netting I used Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and pearls to create this flower border.

Up close picture of the Glass Glitter and Fran-tage Powder

I picked up this little frame on clearance at Michaels at one point and it came in hand for this project. I glued some tiny little shells on it.

I used some of the bigger shells in the corner and used lots of texture paste to build up around it so I could stick the little frame there. 

Then final result is -

I really enjoyed creating this project and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and a sneaky peek into my journey with this project. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Go ahead and head on over to Crafty Gals Corner, and join in on our challenge! You have until Tuesday at 12:00pm to enter!

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:

Crafting by Design - Recycle/Reuse (The netting was a packaging that held the shells I bought) - 7/13
Fab N Funky Challenges - Inspired by a Song ( Under the Sea - Little Mermaid) - 7/21
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes - 7/13
Penny's Challenges - Anything Goes - 7/13
Clear it Out Challenges - Anything Goes - 7/12
Ike's World Challenge - Fantasy - 7/12
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes - 7/12
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes - 7/13
Tip Top Tuesday - Summer Fun - 7/19
Anything But a Card - Anything Goes #49- 7/25
Come and Get it Challenges - Anything Goes with Flowers - 7/11
Crafting When We Can - Summer Fun - 7/17
Glitter N Sparkles - Anything Goes - 7/10
Sparkling Black Rose - Anything Goes with Non Cards - 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes - 7/17
That Crafty Place - Anything Goes with Mixed Media - 7/18
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes - 7/12
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes - 7/12
Get Creative Challenges - Must Use Flowers - 7/12
Marker Pop - Anything Goes - 7/11
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes - 3.5 weeks
Oh La La Creations - All that Glitters - 7/18
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything Goes - 7/18
Sparkle and Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Embossing Powder - 7/25
Sparkle & Shine - Ching-Chou Kuik Challenge Blog - 7/31


  1. Samantha, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love how you colored her, and all of the details on your canvas are beautiful.
    Hugs, Bonnie

  2. WOW!!!! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! And I love how the image just jumps off the background!!!! Beautiful work!!

  3. Beautiful card, love it so much your colour choice is fab, thanks for sharing at Glitter n Sparkle Chris DT x

  4. Incredible project! Beautiful texture. Glad you could join us at Get Creative Challenges!

    Camille - DT

  5. What a wonderful card so much love put into this creation brilliant work .Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Ginny ♥

  6. That is really beautiful - I love your canvas :-) You should definitely do more... you obviously have a talent for them :-D
    Thank you very much for coming over to play at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES :-D

    IKE x

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  7. Oh oh what a wonderful work of art canvas blackboard!
    Thank you joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge
    Welcome again and Good Luck!
    Gr.Kaija DT-member

  8. Gorgeous, and oh how I like a wonderful canvas....this is awesome. Thanks for entering our challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.
    Leanne DT

  9. Wow! Wow! Wow! There's really no other words! This is just so gorgeous and I love how you've walked us through it with your pictures! This is such a treasure! Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  10. Samantha this is a beautiful project with wonderful attention to detail and perfect for our 13th ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  11. A wonderful project!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "flowers” challenge over at Come and Get it & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Come and Get It)
    (DT Crafty Friends)

  12. Wow Samantha! A work of art! Love this gorgeous project! Your coloring is gorgeous and the design is Stunning! You really have a lot of patience to do this kind of creations.

    I am your newest follower and would love to have you follow my blog also. I am having a blog celebration; with lots of prizes. I would love for you to join, comment and add your link.

    Thanks so much for joining our Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. We hope to see you back again in two weeks for the next one. Good luck in the drawings. Hugs, Gloria DT

  13. This is so fantastic. Lovely all those little details.
    Thanks for playing with us at Inspiration Destination. Hope we see you again and good luck,
    xxx Michelle (DT)

  14. Gorgeous colouring and love all the elements...Thanks for sharing with Crafting From the Heart!

  15. I am in awe of anyone who can pull off something like this and to such a high standard, it's amazing! Thank you for taking the time and sharing your creativity with us Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

  16. samantha - i really enjoyed the tutorial! i read every single bit and i too and nautical crazy - just looking for an anchor and bell right now at flea markets for the outside of the house!! Your canvas is gorgeous. i love the overhead pics of your gorgeously colored mer and how you highlighted her. this is outstanding! best, samara DT IWC

  17. Sammy this is one of my favorite Ching Chow Kuik images and this is truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us at Ike's World Challenges.

  18. Beautiful job! Well done and the coloring on the image is FAB! Thanks for joining us @ Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Hope to see you again soon :)

  19. Thanks also for sharing with IKESWORLD CHALLENGES! Super creation!

  20. Samantha this is gorgeous and beautiful done

    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  21. Samantha this is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing this week at Clear It Out’s Anything Goes Challenge.
    Lisa DT
    The Crafting Cave

  22. Samantha this is simply gorgeous. I love how you used the white 'net' bag I have loads of these in different colours in my stash and I love using them on projects. I also have a box full of seashells being lucky enough to live near a beach I often pop along and pick up some more. The tutorial is great with very clear instructions, looking at the completed project I would not have guessed that you were as you put it 'new to mixed media'. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Ooh La La Creations for our all that glitters Challenge. Alli x

  23. Wow this is simply fabulous!!! A work of art and so creative. love everything about it xxx

  24. Wow! Love the detail, and love your instructions to how you built and structured this piece. I love the colors, and all the layers and texture. So pretty :) Thanks so much for joining us at Sparkle N Sprinkle's Anything Goes Creative Challenge.

  25. A great creation - thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky.

    Helen x

  26. And for joining us at Penny's

    Helen x

  27. Wow Samantha, this is beautiful!!
    Sandi ♥

  28. Love all of the texture you created on this! All of the details showcase your beautiful image perfectly.

    Thank you for joining us at Li’l Patch of Crafty Friends for our challenge.

  29. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Not Just Cards. Hope to see you again next time.

  30. oh this is stunning so love all the elements,and the colours are fab bless you for playing at TCP this week hugs Cherylxxx

  31. This is totally stunning! I love anything with a beach theme so this is just up my alley :-) I love the image and the way you coloured. All the textures, details, and embellies make it gorgeous! A beautiful work of art! Love, love, love it! You can wrap it up and put it on my Christmas gifts wish list :-)
    Lena’s Creations

  32. Absolutely gorgeous project, Samantha, have a wonderful weekend sweetie.

    Love and hugs

  33. Wow, this looks amazing! Love the colors you've chosen and thanks for sharing the colors you used for the octopus. Thanks for sharing it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

  34. What a pretty mixed media creation you have made. It fits the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog Monthly Challenge this month well of “sparkle and shine”. Thank you for taking part and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Design Team Leader).

  35. This is the coolest EVER!!! All the texture, the messy yumminess - you know how much I like messyness. :) And that image is colored SO beautifully!


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