Mixed Media Canvas Collage Tutorial

mixed media canvas collage (tutorial) by Marjie Kemper Feb16

Hello!  Thanks for the visit.  Here is how I made this canvas which measures 18″ square and 2″ deep:

mixed media canvas collage by Marjie Kemper Feb16A

My base was some torn patterned tissue paper (Rebekah Meier) adhered with matte medium. I enjoyed this slow process very much. It took about a week to complete the canvas, working in stages and of course (my favorite) layers.

mixed media canvas collage by Marjie Kemper Feb16B

I started layering on paint and gelatos using brushes, baby wipes, and my fingers, and then I added some torn book pages and circular collage elements.

mixed media canvas collage by Marjie Kemper Feb16I

A favorite StencilGirl Products stencil + blue paint using a cosmetic sponge (go light with the paint on the sponge… a little goes a long way!)

mixed media canvas collage by Marjie Kemper Feb16H

I mentioned that I love layering.  Here’s an early shot where some of the white canvas was still showing. And below are close-up shots after adding several more layers of paint.

mixed media canvas collage by Marjie Kemper Feb16C

I used some mesh tape from the hardware store in a few places, and lots of Tim Holtz’s new metal Idea-ology gadget gears.

mixed media canvas collage by Marjie Kemper Feb16D

Below is a combo of old and new Idea-ology. I love how it all works together regardless of when it was released.

mixed media canvas collage by Marjie Kemper Feb16E

mixed media canvas collage by Marjie Kemper Feb16F

I’ve been wanting to create some larger art for my home and am glad I went with this size.

mixed media canvas collage (tutorial)  by Marjie Kemper Feb16

Thanks so much for visiting with me today.  Tomorrow I will be Periscoping at 11am Eastern time, and I’ll be doing a Giveaway of some of the new Tim Holtz Idea-ology shown here. Find me on Twitter/Periscope: @MarjieKemperCM.

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Hi Marjie…wow! there are so many luscious layers on this canvas! It must of been great to take your time and just create something that is just for you 🙂 Thanks for sharing the process.
    Dot x

  2. Gorgeous bold colors and fabulous layering! Thank you so much for sharing your techniques with us! I’m loving those gears and the TISSUE PAPER!!!!

  3. So glad you decided to share this treasure! What wonderful Layers and colors and the use of the tissue papers flourish with the gear-be still my heart-loves it! Such a talented and sweet lady. Hugz. ~Niki

  4. You did a canvas Marjie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah…. I so love seeing your fabulous work on canvas – really a treat for me. And it’s just GORGEOUS. The layers, the colors…. I love every inch of it. You always amaze me by how you just KNOW where to place everything to make it look PERFECT. So now…. I’m gonna tell you what I thought when I saw this beautiful canvas!! Mind you… I am not even an ocean type person – lakes are my thing!! BUT… for some reason… I see windows… windows from a ship stateroom – under the water. And all the squiggles and swirls and loveliness are things in the ocean as they float along!!!! And the clock is signifying that the ocean is timeless and that the folks in the stateroom don’t want the trip to end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE YOU HAVE IT…. Hehehheheheheh!!! I guess you get my message… LOVE LOVE LOVE your creation!!! XXj.

  5. You so generously share your talent and I thank you for it! I have so enjoyed this tutorial along with your Craftsy class that I watch over and over gaining something new every time. I love every single thing you create and I really appreciate that you make me believe I can do it, too!!!!

  6. Mmmm…I could feel the warmth of the sun on this dark, cold morning. These colors drew me in, and the details are fabulous. I am in total awe of the art you create. The circular elements are wonderful…the whole piece is wonderful! Thanks, Marjie!

  7. Absolutely stunning and Marjie, I love those layers so very much.

  8. Fabulous canvas art Marjie! xx

  9. Thanks so much for your step out process of your canvas with Tim holtz gears. I have joined you on periscope, and heard about your give away! Please include me. Thanks, Sarah

  10. Gorgeous canvas – with wonderful colors and elements.

  11. Craftissima Origamissima says:

    Bellissimo! Thanks for the video 🙂

  12. Oh I love your canvas and all the different layers and textures. I enjoyed your live Periscope broadcast this morning. I am looking forward to the next one. Have a super weekend.

  13. Watched Periscope replay. Hope to see more. Always enjoy your tutorials.

  14. Well, you know I’m a fan of texture and bigger fan of yours. This canvas is gorgeous.. those colors, the blending.. wow.

  15. Depth, texture, colour, metal, ephemera – what’s not to love?! This is sensational, Marjie.
    Alison xx

  16. Love your canvas and loved seeing you on Periscope this morning!

  17. Lovely layers and depth. Slowing down is good once in a while. xox

  18. Gigi Black says:

    I really love the outcome. Great job!

  19. Hi Marjie. I love seeing how your layers come together to create such depth and interest in the final piece. You are very patient taking a week to complete a canvas, but when I really thought about that I do too.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  20. Sooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the circles!!!!!!!!!

  21. I love it! I love it I do! I Must get back to my art again! Thanks for the awesome art and inspiration.