As Easy as Mixed-Media Apple Pie

I recently made an introduction post over at the Art Anthology's website and it was brought to my attention that I hadn't shared the details on one of the projects I posted.  Ooops!


This is the 9" x 12" canvas board that I made during my Helmar UStream live video cast a few weeks ago.  You can view that recorded video here.  And while I'm at it, I will be doing another live video class on Tuesday, December 11th at 7pm EDT if you'd like to join in.  The link for Helmar's UStream channel is:  I will be making up a card and tag-apalooza of projects LIVE!

So back to the apple pie…

The supply list for the project includes:

  • a 9" x 12" canvas board
  • old book pages or collage papers
  • Helmar Crystal Kote Matte spray
  • Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste
  • Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Apoxie Clay
  • Various embellishments
  • Chipboard letters
  • Paints and coloring mediums

More details on each part will follow.

First I cut these shapes from old book pages and sprayed them with the Helmar Crystal Kote Matte Spray.  Old book pages are delicate and may also have used colors or printing methods that could be destroyed by contact with liquid adhesives and paints.  The spray protects them so they retain their color integrity during later steps in the creative process.

This dries fairly quickly, but needs to be sprayed outside or in a well-ventilated area.


Next I applied a generous amount of Helmar Decopauge & Craft Paste to the surface of the 9" x 12" canvas board.

I placed the book pages on top and used a seafoam sponge to apply the decopauge medium over the top as well, working from the center out to release any bubbles underneath each piece.

After letting it sit for a few minutes, I used a heat tool, moving around very quickly to prevent bubbling.  Then I took pieces that were overlapping the edges and tore them away from the surface to distress it slightly.

Now for the 'pie crust'!  I used Aves Apoxie Clay (a two-part medium); mixed in equal parts and pressed onto the surface and indented with my fingers to resemble a pie crust.  This clay has adhesive properties during the first 15 minutes or so of working time – so it adheres itself to the surface.  (pretty awesome stuff).

And just for fun I shaped a little apple and leaf as well to place on the surface.  An actual leaf stem, inserted into the apple will be held there by the clay.


After about 30 minutes, these clay pieces can be painted.  They will still be slightly workable, but starting to become hardened through the chemical process.

I used Art Anthology's Colorations in Warm, Heart, Fern Leaf and Timeless sprayed and painted onto the surface embellishments.


For more information and to see the project created, live, check out Helmar's UStream channel.

And I hope to see you live, this Tuesday!  Have a great weekend.

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