How to Create a Mini Canvas That Pops by Kathy Adams

by Art Anthology

Create a striking canvas with contrasting colors using Art Anthology mediums, that layer beautifully to create lots of depth.


  • Cracked Stencil
  • Mud
  • Reef Velvet
  • Honolulu Blue Sorbet
  • Waimea Bay Colorations Spray
  • Blue Topaz Gemstones
  • Gilded Gold Colorations Spray
  • Amber Gemstones
  • Mayan Gold Velvet
  • Explore Stencil
  • Metal Key Hole Embellishment
  • Rhinestone
  • Yellow Copic Marker
  • Beacon 3 in 1 Glue
  • Upholstery Tacks
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Apply Mud through the Crackle Stencil to the surface of the canvas. Let it dry completely.

    Step 2

    Paint Reef Velvet over the top and sides of the canvas, covering the texture completely. I like to start with Velvets because they are more opaque. They finish with more shimmery mediums.

    Step 3

    While the canvas is still wet, spray Waimea Bay Colorations Spray and let it pool in the crevices. Let everything dry. Art Anthology mediums are made for layering.

    Step 4

    Now cover the canvas with Honolulu Blue Sorbet, which will add shimmer to the background. Set aside to dry completely.

    Step 5

    Next, mix together Amber Gemstones, Mayan Gold Velvet and Mud to make a bright golden yellow color. This color is really going to stand out against the deep blue background.

    Step 6

    Swipe the mixture through the Explore stencil using a palette knife. Let this layer dry for about an hour. Use a heat tool if you want to speed up the process.

    Step 7

    Paint the sides of the canvas with Reef Velvet and Honolulu Blue Sorbet. When this dries, paint a coat of Blue Topaz Gemstones to give it a gemlike shimmer.

    Step 8

    Spray Gilded Gold Colorations Spray on the top and let dry. I wanted the background to have a golden glimmer and this Spray does the trick!

    Step 9

    Add the embellishments. Measure the sides from the center and evenly space 3 gold upholstery tacks to each side.

    Step 10

    Since the gem that I found was clear, I colored it with a yellow Copic marker to match the canvas. The ink will stay in place because they are alcohol based markers.

    Step 11

    By using contrasting colors, I kept the project simple but get striking results. I kept wanting to add something, but I didn't need to! Try combining purples and yellows, or pinks and greens.