In a Gentle Way by Jennie Atkinson

Jan 21, 2019 | Free Projects, Step-by-step tutorial

Today’s project by Resident Tutor Jennie Atkinson is typical of her style – beautifully elegant and feminine, with a touch of vintage. She has been working with products from our Partner Bubbly Funk – their gorgeous matching set of stencil and sturdy chipboard take centre stage on her creation.

(Mixed Up Members can also find this project inside the private members’ area, complete with downloadable PDF.)

Stencilled and chipboard layers partner with subtle Infusions.

I have a number of box frames around the house which enables me to change the canvas inside as the mood takes me. As someone who normally crafts in browns and spring/summer pastels I thought it would make a change to be inspired by the colours of this time of year to create a more wintry canvas.

It was a grey, dark day in January, when the days are short and the light is minimal here in the north. Whilst some people find it depressing I always see a beauty in this darkness. The magic happens when when the sun’s rays appear from behind a cloud and there is a wonderful gleam over the dark water of the Loch below the house. I have used PaperArtsy Sleight Blue Infusions and brown inks to recreate the colours of the day and a wax shine here and there to replicate the gleam of the sunshine.

Bubbly Funk are our sponsors this month and I have incorporated one of their greyboard and stencil sets into the canvas. I love that the stencil replicates the shapes within the greyboard ensuring a cohesive theme.


  • Acrylic Canvas Board 8” x 8”
  • Ranger: White Gesso, Texture Paste – Opaque Matt
  • Bubbly Funk Stencil & Greyboard #9
  • PaperArtsy Infusions: Sleight Blue
  • PaperArtsy Stamps: EAB07 by Alison Bomber, ESC03 by Scrapcosy
  • Ranger Archival Ink: Coffee
  • Lace, muslin, paper flowers and metal embellishments
  • Moulded shapes created with paperclay
  • Large Roses (handmade, tutorial on my blog)
  • Prima: Art Alchemy Metallique Wax, Art Ingredients Micro Beads – Gold

Step-by-step instructions

1 Add builders scrim, and paste through the stencil, then the cut greyboard frame. Add the first layer of embellishments then give it all two coats of gesso.

2 The next stage is to add the Infusions powder. I spray the canvas lightly with water first then sprinkle sparingly.

3 Then spritz with a lot of water. You can see how the Infusions puddle within the different layers.

4 I keep spraying with water and dabbing with kitchen towel until I get the effect I want.

5 I used some small stamps and brown ink to create some interest around the edges of the central cluster.

6 Gold wax was rubbed along the edges of the frame, metal, flowers and particularly the paper clay – I love how the texture in the clay really picks up the wax.

7 Die cut a sentiment for the lower right-hand corner from white board and give it the same treatment as the canvas – gesso, Infusions and wax.

8 I added a final layer of muslin and my own handmade flowers to both lighten the mood of the canvas and add another layer of interest.

9 I still felt the canvas needed a bit more gold so added micro beads around the edges of the main cluster to finish.

“Moody blues and browns form the base of this mixed media canvas, inspired by a winter’s day in the far north.”

Check out your local builders merchants for an inexpensive roll of scrim – it is used over plasterboard edges to seal them. It is sticky but can be cut to provide areas of texture on a canvas. It takes gesso well and I love how the Infusions settle in the ridges.

Meet the author

Jennie Atkinson

Jennie Atkinson

Jennie is a mixed media crafter living in the remote northern isles of the UK. Her style is shabby vintage and she is passionate about making her own flower embellishments. Jennie’s mixed media work features regularly on the PaperArtsy blog and she is a Design Team Member for Calico Craft Parts and A Vintage Journey.


1 Comment

  1. Leslie

    Beautiful project and the addition of the handmade roses are the perfect final touch!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *