MMM Hop: Inspired Peony

I fell in love with mixed media in college… the layers, the supplies, and the limitless options! This canvas that I’ve called inspired peony combines tons of layers with a variety of supplies. While I do list the specific supplies I used in the video, there are so many other mediums and tools you can use to create a similar canvas!

However, I’m also giving away a mixed media kit that includes the peony stencil. Hop over to my YouTube channel to see how you can win my this prize along with a bunch of other prizes from the hop sponsors. And, several of the other artists participating also have prizes at their stops.

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More about my canvas

First I started with a layer of old book pages that included gelli prints from my recent tutorial. Then I added a layer of stamped numbers and rubons and a little gesso. Next, I used modeling paste through the peony stencil for the raised 3-d effect. Once this layer was dry, I added some dots and numbers through stencils with a little spray acrylic. Then came the scary part: three different layers of glazing. Once the glaze was finished, I added the pan pastel to the peony flowers along with some white charcoal. At this point I decided I needed more teal so began the process of adding teal and sepia drips and splatters. Then, I added the live inspired words on the front with a stamp and tissue paper, because I wasn’t feeling brave enough to stamp directly on the canvas. I finished it with some ink splats and added some light with some gesso splatters. After spraying outside with fixative, I decided it needed one more thing… watch the video to find out what that was!

What is your favorite part about mixed media? Let me know in the comments!


Here are some detail photos of the project. 

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2 thoughts on “MMM Hop: Inspired Peony

  1. Hello, Nicole! Your canvas is gorgeous! I wish you would include how and where you sign your canvas. I never know where to put mine so they remain unsigned. I love all the texture you created…my favorite part of mixed media. I just finished watching your YT video. Very well done! Thank you for being part of this hop. I’m new to your art but look forward to catching up with your videos once I check out the other artists. Now I’m off to IG to add you to the artists I follow over there.

    1. hi wendy! that’s a great idea to include in a future video! thank you for the suggestion. I have not signed this one yet – often I sign the backside on the wood stretcher boards. ūüôā My favorite after the layers is the texture, this piece include both of those favorites. <3

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