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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ustream Baggage Mixed Media Canvas by Tonya Gibbs

We had a huge crowd last night at the show.  Thanks to everyone for their support!

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We created a mixed media canvas based on my Pastor's sermon last week regarding "releasing your baggage".   The just of the sermon was that you can't carry around harbored feelings, you have to let it go or it will bog you down.  Our Pastor used a suit case to illustrate his point.  I was so inspired in this message, that I immediately began thinking about this canvas.  

Baggage Mixed Media Canvas Created by Tonya A. Gibbs at
For the doll I used the following Copic colors for her Hair and Skin. 
Hair: E37, E55, E30
Face:  E50, E11, E01, R20
Dress: BV23 , Colorless blender.
I wrote the scriptures that he used in the sermon onto the Tim Holtz Valise die to remind me that I've given my baggage to God and I can't take it back.  Here are the verses:
Matthew 11:28
Proverbs 13:12
Jeremiah 6:14
Hebrews 12:1
James 5:16
Romans 12:2
Romans 12:3
Romans 6:23
Revelations 1:18
Ephesians 4:26 -27
1 John 1:8
2 Corinthians 10: 3-4
1 Peter 5:7

I used an old hymnal to die cut the wings to symbolize the flight of my baggage.  The title of the Hymn was "Look to Jesus"  and I also included it at the bottom.  

 Here is the Ustream archive of  me making the canvas.

Want to hear the full sermon by Dr. James Peoples? Please visit:

Supply List:
Golden Gesso (Black)
Liquitex - Matt Medium Fluid
Marion Smith Designs - Garment District Paper - 12 x 12
The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Doodling Templates - Mini Bricks
Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Sanding Block - also known as Sanding Grip
Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black
Ranger Ink - Archival Ink Pad - Coffee
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Dylusions Ink Spray - Melted Chocolate
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Heat It Craft Tool
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Metallic - Tarnished Brass
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Walnut Stain
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Reinkers - Walnut Stain
Ranger  Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Specialty Stamping Paper - 12 x 12
Prima - Bretton Vines Collection - Flower Embellishments - Purity
Prima - Flower Embellishments
Prima - Vintage Trinkets Collection - Metal Embellishments - Keys
Prima - Julie Nutting - Cling Mounted Stamps - Mixed Media Doll - Six
Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Movers and Shapers L Die - Vintage Valise
Sizzix - Bigz Die - Wings, Angel
Silhouette America - Cameo - Electronic Cutting System
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist Spray - 2 Ounce Bottle - Antique Brass
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist Spray - 2 Ounce Bottle - Wheat Fields
Copic - Sketch Marker - E50 - Egg Shell
Copic - Sketch Marker - E55 - Light Carmel
Copic - Sketch Marker - E30 - Bisque
Copic - Sketch Marker - E37 - Sepia
Copic - Sketch Marker - E11 - Bareley Beige
Copic - Sketch Marker - E01 - Pink Flamingo
Copic - Sketch Marker - R20 - Blush
Copic - Sketch Marker - 0 - Colorless Blender
Copic - Sketch Marker - BV23 - Grayish Violet
Tsukineko - Memento - Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - Color Gelatos - Metallic - Gold
Vintaj Metal Brass Company - Metal Jewelry Chain - Flat Link
Misc.  Pocket Watch
Misc. Vintage Hymn paper



  1. Tonya this was a wonderful project! I am a Ustream junkie and not only did this canvas turn out to be so inspiring but YOU and your conversation really touched my heart! So many times we are told we cannot speak about our faith and God and yet you let your heart guide you and touch us. Thank you so much for a wonderful journey with this work of art and look forward to more inspiration in 2014!

    1. Thank you so much for this message. I am a woman of Faith and that Faith is the only thing that keeps me going sometimes. It means a lot to me that you took the time to encourage me. I'm so happy you enjoyed the show. I love that God used me that night. He placed that piece on my heart Sunday, and I'm so thankful that I listened to him on Tuesday!

  2. I know I am a little late viewing, but this is simply beautiful. What a very therapeutic creative way to release, let go and let GOD have his way. Thank you for sharing Tonya. I am so inspired and will try this.

    1. Thanks for the kind words. I'm so happy I could inspire you. I often find myself in studio praying and speaking with God while I create. I love that when I'm done, I have no idea what I did, but the end result is amazing. It is like I'm no longer in control, but my hands are guided by God. When scripture pops into my head during this time, I always look it up. It is usually the answer to my thoughts. I really feel connected to God when this happens. If you have never tried this, you should grab an art journal and begin.


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