Timeless Season Mixed-Media Canvas

for  Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

size: 22"x28"


  • Framed canvas, 22”x28”
  • FloraCraft Make It: Fun Sheet Foam, 1/2”x12”x36”
  • FloraCraft Design It: SimpleStyle: Natural Wired Burlap Ribbon, 2-1/2”-wide x 7 yds., two rolls; Jute Twine, 45 ft., 1 pkg.
  • Clear smooth acrylic gemstones, 11-15mm, 50
  • Sawtooth hanger and small nails


  • Design Master TintIT Spray Dye: Sepia, Sunflower, Mango, Strawberry, Pinkolicious, Plum, Sapphire, Chartreuse, Jade; Mess Master Spray Solvent
  • FloraCraft Smooth Finish, 8 oz.
  • Glue gun with sticks

Basic Supplies

  • large cardboard box for spraying, serrated kitchen knife, paintbrush 1”, hammer, paper towels, container of water, scissors
  • 1. Attach sawtooth hanger to back of primed canvas using hammer. Trim foam sheet to 12"x22" panel using serrated knife, saving remainder for future project.
  • 2. Lay foam panel flat on work surface. Score long sweeping line across foam panel, beginning about 1" from top left and extending to opposite side. Then cut deeper to separate pieces, saving all pieces and keeping them intact. Make another sweeping score line from left side, ending close to bottom right of panel. Cut apart pieces. Make several smaller cuts along both sides and one inner cut by angling knife to remove wedge.

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  • 3. Reassemble main sweeping foam lines on vertically-placed canvas, leaving 1" between pieces. Build up foam areas with smaller reserved pieces. Adhere foam to canvas using glue gun.

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  • 4. Thin Smooth Finish with water until consistency similar to paint. Apply to foam using paintbrush, following curved cut lines of foam to seal pores and area between canvas and foam. Continue applying finish to top section of canvas in large, broad brushstrokes. Let canvas dry overnight.

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  • 5. Cut two 18" lengths of burlap ribbon. Cut both ribbons in half to make 1-1/4"-wide lengths. Align one end of each and twist along one-third of ribbon length to create limb.

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  • 6. Separate four-ribbon burlap limb into two groups of two ribbons and continue twisting to create branches, along half of ribbon length. Then separate two-ribbon branches into single-ribbon twigs and twist through end of ribbon. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to create total of three limbs.

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  • 7. Cut four 36" lengths of burlap ribbon. Align ends as before, but begin twisting about 7" from aligned ends. Twist entire length of ribbon to ends to create trunk. At point where twisting started, separate into two two-ribbon roots and twist out to end. For third root, twist two lengths together at same time. Allow roots to twist and turn as they connect with trunk, bending to add interest.
  • 8. Place limbs on protected surface or inside cardboard box. Lightly spray Sepia. Repeat with tree trunk. Let dry.

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  • 9. Wrap twine around canvas 12 times, temporarily tacking one end at back. Adjust twine to randomly distribute among open top area. Tack other end at back.

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  • 10. Lightly spray canvas surface in order, beginning at horizon line and working toward canvas top as follows: Sunflower, Mango, Strawberry, Pinkolicious, Plum, Sapphire. Allow edges of colors to slightly overlap and colors to spray over edge of canvas.

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  • 11. To spray foam area, position Chartreuse over sky area with spray facing foam. Keep nozzle close to canvas so spray hits top edge of dimensional foam. Spray area again, using Jade positioned to spray bottom edges of dimensional foam.

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  • 12. Gently remove twine from canvas to reveal white lines. To mottle color, spray burst of Mess Master onto canvas and dab with crumpled paper towel. Remove just enough paint to lighten and mottle 2" circular area. Continue to create mottled areas over sky as desired. Respray as desired to blend or add color if needed. Let paint dry.

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  • 13. Position tree trunk on right side of canvas, bending roots to follow foam shape and extending past edge of canvas. Bend and scrunch tree trunk for character with top ending 3" from canvas edge. Nestle end of one limb into top of trunk, extending branches and twigs past upper edge of canvas. Repeat with remaining limbs, one on each side of original limb. Adjust for desired effect. Adhere pieces to canvas using glue gun.

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  • 14. Adhere gemstones across canvas using glue gun.

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  • Tip
  • 1. This project is goof-proof! The fun is in layering the transparent colors and discovering surprise effects. With Mess Master, you can remove any color you don't like.