I tried something different…

I’ve always loved painting but haven’t pulled out my paints in years until last week when I had this vision of a mixed media canvas which was inspired by the new stamps Ann Ellis designed for YNS. 

I’ve never painted on a canvas and I’ve never tried mixed media so when I got started I really had no idea what I was doing and must admit I had so much FUN creating and learning along the way! 

I started with a 6×6 canvas and after a little research discovered that I needed to prep my canvas with Gesso so after that dried I got to the fun part – painting, stamping and creating!

This is my finished canvas…

I used the Ann Ellis Sun Hat stamp set and lots of stuff I had on hand like Bazzill Flowers, Twinkling H2O’s, Glossy Accents, shell buttons, YNS Glittered Skittles, acrylic paints and finished off the canvas with a clear glossy gel glaze to seal it and give it shine. 

The sentiment I used is computer generated and I sponged with distressed inks before sealing it and pasting it to the canvas.

I LOVE how it turned out and I hope it inspires you to try something different too! 

Did you know that our current YNS challenge is ‘Anything Goes’ ? Be sure to join us for your chance to win some YNS bucks!!!

Enjoy your day!



  1. 1
    wendy says:

    GASP…truly a work of ART Karen ….gorgeous!

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    Maureen says:

    This is just amazing! Wow! TFS!

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    Thanh Vo says:

    Karen, this is SO awesome for your first canvas!! Does that mean that we should expect to see plenty more?? Hooray, wonderful job – you’re a natural.

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    Teresa Kline says:

    oh my, this is awesome…I luv it..hope you have a wonderful week! I am having a blog candy giveaway to celebrate my birthday, stop by and leave a comment for your chance to win!

    enjoy *~*

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    ~ Jo ~ says:

    Karen this is beautiful! You did an amazing job! I love the colors and love that sun!!!!


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    cardcrazy says:

    So pretty Karen! I love the colors!

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    Amy Rohl says:

    Karen, this is just magical! I love what you can do with these stamps! Wowzers!

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