LIVE! Mixed-Media Muppet in Red Glasses

September 5, 2016
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I decided to do something just for fun this week during the HowToGetCreative Show known as Drama-free Friday. I was totally inspired by a canvas I saw in a local store this week. It was a store lined with hundreds of home-dec items and among them was a stack of canvases of dogs wearing glasses. I immediately thought how cute our Muppet would look bedecked in red glasses and jewelry!

I started with an 8″ x 10″ Stretched Canvas to which I added some decorative Tissue Paper with Matte Medium. Once that was dry, I scribbled Gelatos over the tissue with reds, blues and yellows. After liquifying the Gelatos with water and drying them, I brushed a thin coat of Gesso over the entire surface. I partially dried the canvas before using a couple of circle stencils and some Baby Wipes to reveal some of the tissue paper pattern.

My Tracing Paper pattern was held onto the surface with Painter's Tape so that I could slip Graphite Paper under the tracing. A Stylus is the perfect tool for transferring the pattern to the canvas. Once I was sure that all the pattern was transferred, I removed the tracing paper.

After painting Muppet with Acrylic Paints and not-so-fancy Brushes, I finished the edges with black paint and a bit of metallic rub.

Below, you can see Muppet's photo that I used as a reference as well as a photo of my progress at the end of the LIVE stream and also the finished canvas. 

If you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comment area.

Remember to Get Creative today! It's Easy!


PS: I have a feeling the Sponsors may be demanding equal time! See you next week for another Drama-free Friday at 2pm Eastern.



Muppet (sorry about the blur!)


Canvas in Progress


All finished!


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Barb Owen

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Barb Owen

Barb is the founder of How to Get Creative, author of "Normal Doesn't Live Here Anymore", a specialist at playing in the art studio and has an unhealthy addiction to smiles. ;-)

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