Mixed Media Wedding Canvas

Wedding themed mixed media canvas

I am always on the lookout for new projects to keep my website fresh and interesting. Mixed media is going to be the new craft I teach myself. 

Browsing through Pinterest I came across mixed media canvases.  It was love at first sight.  I went on youtube and watched a few tutorials and decided to have a go.  To make it easier to get started I picked my daughter’s recent wedding as a theme.  The idea was to use elements from for wedding and wedding day to decorate the canvas.

How to make a mixed media Canvas

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Prime your canvas

To start I sealed the canvas with black gesso primer. You can use white or black depending on the look you are trying to achieve.   When doing a black canvas it is easier to hide the white now rather than later when all the embellishments are glued on. I added a thin layer and let it dry.  You can speed up the drying time by using a  heat gun or hairdryer.

prime your canvas

Add texture

If you have a Cricut or a Silhouette Cameo you can make your own stencils to add texture to the canvas, alternatively, you can buy stencils to use.  Using the texture paste and a spatula, place your stencil in the area you want and add a layer of texture paste. Remove the stencil straight away and make sure you wash it. This process does not need to look perfect, I think some imperfections look great and add to the look.  

Mixed media stencils

Finding your embellishments and charms

For my embellishments, I looked around my house and workshop for items to use.  I have a few bunches of artificial flowers around my house and they all sacrifice a flower to the cause. The steampunk charms were left over from the steampunk doorknobs I made an awhile back. And the charms were an impulse buy that was too small when they arrived.   Jewellery is another good option when you are looking for embellishments. I am sure we all have broken necklaces and old fashioned earrings and broaches we no longer use. A thrift store is a great place to go for jewellery.  

mixed media canvas

Add your embellishments

I wrapped thin sisal string around the canvas and glued a tack to hold it in place. My daughter had her wedding reception on a showboat in Sydney harbour so I added some water runs using a hot glue gun. Mixed media canvases are all about textures and layers, I used some corrugated cardboard which was the packing around a new dish I bought.  I wanted the centre to stand higher than the rest of the canvas so the eyes are drawn straight to the flowers.  To give the centre some height I found the shape that I wanted and cut the same shape 4 times on card stock and glued them together. 

Mixed media supplies

The same process was followed for all the large embellishments, keep adding layers until you have the thickness you want.  It is also a good idea to bend your card stock into shape while the glue is wet. (As the image below).  

mixed media canvas

Paint your embellishments

Next, I painted all the elements black using the gesso, ready to glue in place. I did spray the flowers first before glueing them into place because of the odd shapes. If you want to add some sparkle to some of your embellishments you can spray them with shimmer spray. The more spray you add the more they shine, or that was the case with my homemade sprays.


It is not a good idea to just glue everything on straight away, I changed my design so many times it was ridiculous. Get everything in place and once you are happy, take a photo. You will need the photo as a guide to glueing it all back together. You can glue on your embellishment using tacky for the smaller charms and hot glue for the heavier ones.  Next, paint everything with black gesso again.  

Mixed media diy embellishments

Adding the wax paste and shimmer sprays

I got a bit carried away at this stage and forgot to take photos.   I added the gold paste to these charms as an example for you to see.   You can use a small paintbrush to add the paste but your finger works best. Just rub the wax paste over the surface without adding it in the nooks and crannies.   I then added the various coloured pastes randomly to all the elements.   This gives the canvas an aged look. I did order a couple of the pastes but made my own wax pastes as I went along. There is no right or wrong way to do this.  If you don’t like the results paint it black and start again. Finally, I added the homemade shimmer sprays to some area to give the canvas a shimmering glitter finish. 

Mixed media canvas

Close up view

Because I wanted the canvas to have some meaning to her I added elements of her wedding day. The photo charms were attached to her wedding bouquet, they were memorial charms for her Nana that has passed away.  It was her way of having her Nana with her on her wedding day. 

wedding-bouquet charms

The clock shows the time she got married and the key is the key to her heart. 

mixed media art

No wedding canvas would be complete without a wedding photo which I glued onto metal tiles from a supermarket promotion. I added the date that they got married.

Mixed media supplies

The blue charm was her “something blue” attached to her wedding bouquet charm. The key and keyhole represent their new home together. The handcuffs were added as a little joke that she was a prisoner now. The 2 heart are the two hearts that become one in marriage.

Mixed media art

I added dog tags which she bought after “surviving” one of the theme park rides in Orlando and I added their initials.  The butterfly and lizard were added just because they were cute. I hope you like my project and it gives you the inspiration to try your own. 

mixed media

More mixed media project

For this project, I build a lamp using galvanised pipes and fitting as decorated it using mixed media technique.

Mixed media steampunk lamp

I repurposed an old book into a jewellery box and gave it a  mixed media makeover.

Repurpose book

Pinterest pin


Step by step tutorial on how to make a themed mixed media canvas

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Mixed media Canvas
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  • Reply
    Veronica Salfi
    September 12, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Gorgeous and unusual. After painting everything black, what did you use for the pink, gold and purple items? Paint, wax… I love the look.

    • Reply
      Anita Holland
      September 12, 2019 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you, I made my own wax pastes using furniture wax and mica powder. There is a link in the post that will show you how I made them all very straight forward to make.

      • Reply
        Veronica Salfi
        September 12, 2019 at 10:11 pm

        Does it fade over time?

  • Reply
    September 22, 2019 at 2:22 am

    I love this! My new DIL is into Steam Punk and requested I do steam punk wedding cake! I did however, have difficulty finding really large molds (had to be edible), though I searched the net extensively. (Like the “clock” at the top of your canvas).

    Do you know where these can be found?

    I’m inspired to do something similar for them for Christmas.

    Kind regards


  • Reply
    September 23, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you for the info. What material is the clock face made from?

    My experience with this type of silicone mold is that they are very shallow – o.k. for icing, but what else?

    Many thanks


    • Reply
      Anita Holland
      September 24, 2019 at 1:55 am

      For this project, the clock is made from cardboard. I used a Cricut cutting machine and cut the clock 6 times and glued the layers together. That is what makes it look 3D

      • Reply
        December 22, 2019 at 1:28 pm

        What glue(s) are you using?

        • Reply
          Anita Holland
          December 23, 2019 at 7:34 pm

          Hi Nianna, I use a combination of multi purpose glue, tacky craft glue and a hot glue gun. It will all depend on the weight of the item I want to attach. For heavy items hot glue works better and the tacky glue for light items.

  • Reply
    September 24, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Yes, sorry I realised that after posting. Great little machines – might have to shout myself one!

    • Reply
      Anita Holland
      September 24, 2019 at 11:38 pm

      They are amazing machines with so many uses. I highly recommend buying one.

  • Reply
    September 24, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Good morning Anita! I have found an almost new Cricut on our local community newspaper (NZ). Yeehah – reckon this will be my Christmas present to myself. Thank you very much for being so generous with your information and help

    Have a great day!


    • Reply
      Anita holland
      September 25, 2019 at 1:20 am

      That is great, you will have loads of fun. I have a few cricut projects on my website under crafts if you want ideas.

  • Reply
    Michelle Leslie
    April 5, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    That’s so special, Anita. You can see you put so much thought and love into the canvas and I’m in love with your homemade pastes. Those colors are amazing.

    • Reply
      Anita Holland
      April 6, 2021 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you so much Michelle, My son gets Married on Friday so I will have to come up with something for him.

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