Thursday 27 November 2014


This month's Mixed Media Challenge is to use stamps.
This is my entry

You will need:
Small canvas....5 in.s x 7 ins.
Black gesso
Stamps from Sheena Douglass...Koi and Water Lillies from A Little Bit Oriental range
White Brilliance inkpad
Bronze Staz-On inkpad
Texture paste
Acrylic paints and brushes
Small shells or as used here paper clay shells
Matt and gloss varnish

1.  Mark a half inch border around the edge of the canvas with pencil.
2.  Paint black gesso inside the 'frame'. 
3.  Stamp the ripples with Bronze Staz-On ink and the fish with the White Brilliance ink.
4.  Paint the fish with acrylic paints. can mold some texture paste on the fish's body before
     painting to make it stand out more. I used an orange stick to make the fish scales.I copied the colours
    that were on the stamp set pack.  
5. Apply texture paste to the frame area of the canvas and press the 'shells' into it.
6. Once dry, paint with black gesso.
7. Dry brush acrylic colour on to the for the main area and bronze on the shells.
8. Brush the whole canvas with matt varnish and then the fish, ripples and shells with gloss varnish. Or brush
    just the inside of the frame with gloss varnish...couldn't decide which.


  1. Beautiful canvas! Love the koi fish and the stamped ripples! Lynn Kopas

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    Love your canvas! The koi fish is adorable and I really like the stamped ripples! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

  2. I love Koi fish! Your canvas really captures their essence. Great painting, Caroline!

  3. What a beautiful canvas. Love how the Koi stands out on the dark background. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  4. how gorgeous! your coloring and painting is just beautiful! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!


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