Monday, July 4, 2016

Creative Heart Monday - The Elephant

Happy Creative Heart Monday!!!!

and Happy 4th of July!!

Today, we have a mixed media piece, using a double canvas, Gel Press prints, and an Elephant Stencil.

My friend picks up canvases for me at thrift stores.  This one is really two canvases attached.  It was one of those printed canvases that you see at Kirklands, TJ Maxx, Target, etc.  I like to get used canvases and gesso over them....which is what I did here.

About a year ago, I discovered Diane Salter on Pinterest.  She is fantastic.  I thought I would try something kind of Diane Salter-esqe.  You will see that mine turns out kind of "wak", but, hey, they can't all be winners.

Here we go................

List of Supplies

Black Gesso
Gel Press prints
DecoMedia Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue, Titan Buff, Raw Umber
DecoArt - Titanium White, Chiffon Blue, Sea Glass
Faber-Castell Pitt Pen - Black
Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker- Black
Black Oil Pastel

I mentioned in the video that I would explain the "elephant" a little better.  However, I forgot to take some "still" shots.  Anyway, this is what I did.

I used an elephant mask from StencilGirl, traced around in on a piece of paper, made a, reduced, copy on cardstock, so that it would fit the canvas.  I drew lines, dividing up the elephant, cut them out and number them.  Then, using the cut up pieces at stencils, I cut the shapes out of Gel Press prints (and numbered them on the back).  This made it easier to piece the elephant together on the canvas.  I hope that this makes sense.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Also check out my video on the StencilGirl Blog today.




  1. Cee Cee - That's a really cool idea with the "patchwork elephant" & upcycling the canvases. I'll NOW be on the lookout for canvases at garage sales & flea markets!
    Grandma Nancy in central IL

    1. Thank you!! Yes....used canvases are great. Sometimes you can find the really big ones at yard sales for a couple dollars and they would be $50-$75 at the craft store. I'm always looking for something to paint on!

  2. I love the double canvas and all the collage layering, wonderful design. BTW, thank you for leaving me a comment over on my Arnold Grummer post, that was very sweet of you to do!