Sometimes small is just the right size. It’s easy to give yourself permission to explore when there is so little at stake. Here Mod Podge is used as an adhesive and a sealant to protect the paper cut outs that have been collaged onto the canvas in these tiny mixed media pieces.
Mini canvas 3 x 3 inches
Mod Podge, Matte
Scraps of paper such as: drawing paper, origami paper, repurposed books,
and cut up pieces of your own illustrations, drawings or relief printing.
Palette or paper plate
Cut out images from recycled books or use small pieces of paper with hand printed or drawn images on them. Arrange in a layout you like, then snap a picture or make a sketch to help you remember.
Create a background for your image with acrylic paint and Mod Podge (opt). Mod Podge can be used to thin acrylic paint and create a light, transparent color while maintaining vibrancy (as shown).
Apply Mod Podge to entire surface of canvas. Position and apply paper to canvas. Brush a thin coat of Mod Podge over paper to cover and seal. Brush toward edges of paper to seal well. Repeat as needed for additional layers.
Paint can be worked into the wet surface of Mod Podge if desired. Allow to dry about 15-30 minutes, until dry to the touch. Use a paint pen to draw in details. Allow to dry completely, 1-2 hours.
Printable pdf: BCC Mini Mod Podge instructions reduced