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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Nirvana Pumpkin Canvas by Tonya Gibbs

Hi everyone, today on Marion's Create Team blog I shared a 10x10 mixed media canvas that I created using Marion's Nirvana line.

I used the b-side of Up And Away to cut out my pumpkins and sunflowers. The paper had a Gothic feel with the typography and lace accent, making it perfect for a Halloween decor.
For the pumpkin I cut a simple pumpkin shape out 3 times and used an oval die to separate the sections of the pumpkin.  I used really thick fun foam as my pop up dots to keep them dimensional.   To color the pumpkin, I used Tim Holtz' Orange Marmalade Distress Stain, combined with the Metallic Bronze Distress paint.  Then  I used Vintage Photo Distress ink to darken the shadowed edges to accent the 3D curves. 
I wanted the drama to be in the pumpkin and the spray, so I kept my background super simple.  I used the Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays in Tibetan Poppy Teal for the sky and Edelweiss Moss Green for the ground.  I used water to smooth out the ombre effect and help the mediums blend.  I then used a floral stamp in the background with brown archival ink to give a little interest to the empty space.  I splattered some of the metallic bronze paint around in spots.  Then splattered clear glitter nail polish in spots to give the look of stars, and finished it off with some torn book pages.  
For the spray at the bottom,  I used scraps of Nirvana paper I had left over from the pumpkins to cut out the daisy shapes with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die. For contrast against the pumpkin, I decided to leave them their natural color adding a small amount of vintage photo distress ink for depth.  For the daisy centers I used a clear rhinestone that I painted with my Copic E29. To finish it off, I added some metal pieces for sparkle, burlap for texture, and a few sprays of berries for depth.
I love that this canvas fits the Halloween / Harvest theme and can hang in my home during the entire fall season.
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Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs


  1. Love this project and all your work!! Question...where do you get your clear large rhinstones that you colored with a copic marker for the centers of the flowers?

    1. I'm so glad I could inspire you. I got the rhinestones from Michaels. They are in the jewelry section. They are 16mm but I think 18mm would have been better just couldn't find them.

  2. Thanks so much! I must make a trip to Michaels then and check them out!


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