Acrylic Dream Chase

Summer and hot weather have finally arrived, and with it a palette of tropical colors like ocean aquas and the sweet shades of dreamsicles! So with these summer-lovin' colors in mind, I have a quick DT make for Mixed Media World's June Challenge:  'Anything Goes'.  My contribution, Acrylic Dream Chase, is a small mixed media canvas with a twist - Acrylic Poured Mini Tiles!  

I began by using a stencil and modeling paste to apply a tile design to the canvas. Wanting to keep the background simple and dark to accent the colorful acrylic poured tiles, I applied only a coat of black gesso and metallic black paint followed by dry brushing gold on the raised areas. 

I embellished the wood butterfly with a twisted wire body and antennae before gessoing and painting the vibrant colors.  More gold dry brush was added, followed by a sparkle varnish. The 'Chase Your Dreams' phrase was painted in the same colors.  I painted some decorative excelsior with more gold paint and attached it to the back of the butterfly. 

The final step was to add all my pieces to the canvas.  I used a heavy gel medium to make sure the ceramic tiles would attach firmly.

If you would like to see my video tutorial on how I made my mini acrylic poured tiles, please visit Mixed Media World.  This is my first, possibly my last, video...filmography is definitely not my forte, haha!

See you later,



Product List:

8x10 inch canvas, black gesso, wood butterfly, wood phrase, decorative excelsior, wire, four 2x2 inch ceramic tiles, white acrylic paint, plastic cups, Floetrol, water, 100% Silicone spray, stirring sticks, masking tape

Folk Art:  Color Shift Acrylic Paint: 'Blue Flash', 'Aqua Flash', 'Orange Flash', 'Red Flash' and 'Yellow Flash'; Acrylic Paint in 'Brushed Gold'

Prima:  Modeling Paste and Heavy Body Gel Medium

TCW:  'Mini Ceiling Tile' stencil