Sunday, May 15, 2011

garden-inspired art

time for a free project! go out to your yard when there is lovely light and morning dew, snap a picture of your favorite plant, and turn it into a textural mixed-media piece. Click on the pictures to zoom in.

  -  10x10 canvas board
  -  household iron and a heat gun
  -  acrylic paints, sponges and brushes
  -  spray ink and alcohol inks
  -  strong craft glue
  -  sandpaper and cardboard
  -  metal strip, large metal brad, mini metal brads

1.  sponge paint canvas board randomly with two colors (i used bronze with black highlights) and allow to dry.
2.  apply a generous amount of texture gel medium on top of canvas board, tap with a brush to create peaks and allow to dry...this texture looks like rich soil to me!

3.  spritz the canvas board with a spray ink (i used a coffee color) and allow to dry
4.  inkjet print your image on to tap transfer artist paper and transfer to a sheet of lutradur with an iron (follow instructions in tap package)

5.  trim edges of the lutradur to give a white border around image (mine is about 5-1/4" x 6") and lightly blow the edges with a heat gun to distress
6.  highlight any dew drops on your plant image with glossy accents medium and apply mini brads to corners 
7.  glue a sheet of thin sandpaper to cardboard to stabilize and trim to the same size as lutradur 
8.  layer the lutradur on top of the sandpaper, offset and glue both to canvas board
9.  crinkle a narrow metal strip, flatten out and dab with a darker shade of alcohol ink to "antique" it, then glue into place as shown
10.  glue a large metal brad into place as shown, dab with alcohol ink if you want to alter the color

add a self-adhesive picture hanger to the back and enjoy your new work of art!


  1. Wow this is awesome Lisa!!! As soon as the rain stops here I am going to try this :) Thank you for all your inspirations!

  2. Great art work, love the idea. But what is lutrador? Never seen that over here! Hugs, Valerie

  3. Thanks - I added in links to the products mentioned!

  4. Awesome! I'm will to try this cept I don't have an inkjet printer and don't know what lutrador is. I'll look it up and then see if I can use my epson or hp deskjet. Great work and thx for the tips.

  5. Interesting work another to add to the ever growing must try list...I have some great ideas of subjects to try this technique with.....just when, I'm not so sure....haha!

    Annabelle >^..^<

  6. Great tute! It looks wonderful! I used lutrador once before and thought it quite different.

  7. You guys really know some cool techniques. THis looks wonderfulx

  8. A wonderful technique, loving it

  9. This is really beautiful. I am off to order that paper.

  10. Very cool technique and lovely creation!!

  11. Oh, yummy! I am such a fan of Liquitex Sand Medium! But I haven't tried using with your colorway before! Great work! And what fun for a rainy afternoon in spring.


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