Free Mixed-Media Inspiration: Going Away Present – California Love Canvas

Free Mixed-Media Project Inspiration: California Love Canvas from

Recently, my sister-in-law and my brother moved to Houston, Texas, to begin a new life. As a going away present, I decided to make this mixed-media canvas. In this homage to California, she will be reminded of the family that loves her. I also incorporated her favorite color—teal—to make it personalized to her tastes.

Follow the instructions below to make a perfect house-warming, going-away, or just-because gift.


Mixed-Media Canvas Instructions:

  1. Paint canvas with turquoise paint. Let dry completely.
  2. Use a palette knife to stencil texture paste through art deco stencil design. Allow the texture paste to create a raised design.
  3. When texture paste is completely dry, rub different colored chalks over the surface and blend gently with finger. Tip: Pinks, greens, and yellows seemed to work best. (Oranges did not work well.)
  4. For added durability, seal canvas with clear acrylic sealer.
  5. Glue “Hello Love” card from Prismatic edition Project Life card set to corner.
  6. Cut out California from Cavallini & Co. postcard set and adhere to top half of canvas.
  7. Hot glue a turquoise bow to top of canvas.

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