Welcome to Ann Butler Designs! Today I am going to share with you a mixed media canvas I created using cork, Ann Butler Crafter’s Ink, and Earth Safe Finishes Ann Butler Iridescent Powders.
First of all, I am thrilled to see how painting on the cork closely mimics the look of stone! All the crags and crevices in the cork really work with the paint to give a dimensional effect.
- Round cork trivet, 8″ diameter
- Image printed on paper from laser printer
- Earth Safe Finishes Ann Butler Iridescents: Sunshine, Leaf, Sky
- ColorBox Crafter’s® ink: Blueberry, Limelight, Aquamarine, Ocean Breeze, Bark
- Americana® DECOR™ Light Satin Varnish
- DecoArt® Elegant Finish™ Metallic Paint, silver sage
- DecoArt® MagiKote
- Powertex Powerprint (image transfer medium)
- Apply 2 coats of MagiKote as per manufacturer’s instructions, to surface of cork. I know this is made for sealing Styrofoam™ but I figured cork had to be similar, so what the heck! I mean, it can’t hurt, right?
- To create the colorful background you will swipe the blueberry, aquamarine, ocean breeze, and limelight ink pads across the canvas, and allow it to dry. You may use a hair blower to quicken the drying process.
- Apply the image transfer medium to the canvas and place your image, face down, into the wet medium. You may use a brayer to help smooth the paper and burnish it to the surface. Allow 12 hours for this to dry completely.
- To reveal your transferred image: wet the surface of the paper with a sponge, let it sit for 20 seconds, and then gently rub off all the excess paper. For further information regarding image transfers you can check Google.
- Meanwhile, brush your paper flowers with a wash of water and (separately) the sunshine, leaf and sky powders, and let it dry.
- With the bark ink, dip a brush into the ink pad and add shading and definition to the flowers, and let dry.
- On dry petals, add highlights with sunshine powder by dipping the tips of the bristles of a slightly wet brush directly into the pot of powder, and brushing it where you like. You may then glue on the buttons.
- Adhere your sentiment.
- Add three layers of varnish to the canvas to seal your surface. You could stop at this point and have a lovely, decorated, and protected trivet.
- Glue on your flower.
I LOVE how the ink colors just burst right through the transferred image. They are gorgeous!
I hope you enjoyed my project today.