Friday, June 30, 2017

Key to Nowhere - Canvas

Hello Makers!

Do you know where you keys are? Me neither. I never know where my keys, cell phone and scissors ever are located at any one point.

Speaking of keys, when I was making this canvas, I wanted to use keys. I love using keys in my art, but I mostly use it to fill in white space. This time I wanted to make it my focus...and started thinking what keys represent, so much there to explore. In my case, I was exploring that I lose them all the time. Is that a thing? Lol, it is now.

How it's made

I used an 8x8 canvas. I first decoupage it using book paper, then glued the tag, corrugated cardboard and metal numbers. I then added texture paper, and sand texture paste. The embellishments (gears, arrows, key) were painted separately, using rust metal paint oxidation method. I painted the canvas using several layers of acrylic paint, starting from the lightest to darkest color, listed by order; Gesso, Titanium White (in between layers), Buff, Red Iron Oxide (looks like rust), Teal, then a tiny bit of Payne's Gray. I hope you like my canvas.

I am submitting this canvas to the Vintage Journey "Canvas" June Challenge

Mixed Media and Art June Challenge


  1. Your colors remind me of the sea and summertime Iris! what a great collage of movement with the floating key, the wheels, arrows and time pieces. The corrugated card and fibers give great texture to your background! thank you for joining us in the A Vintage Journey Canvas Challenge! Julia xx

  2. Love your canvas Iris x wonderful background textures and details, finished with the tags, jute and keys in beachy colours. Great to have you on board with us at AVJ this month.
    Best wishes
    Annie x

  3. Stunning project wow wow wow Thanks for playing at mma challenge this month!!!!

  4. Beautiful! Thank you for joining Mixed Media & Art!

  5. Soooo beautiful! Thanks for playing with blog Mixed Media & Art!

  6. Fabulous!!
    Thank you for joining us at Mixed Media & Art !! :)

  7. Beautiful textures and a great mood...thanks for joining us at MM&A!

  8. great take on the challenge!Thank you for plaing with us at Mixed Media and Art.