Mixed Media Faux Geode Canvas

Friends, I have been anxiously waiting to show you one of my favorite projects I created when I visited Plaid Crafts Headquarters for our Creators Summit this year. It’s especially fun because it’s mixed media and gave us an opportunity to play with several different craft supplies in order to create gorgeous Faux Geode Canvases.  Take a look…

They’re sparkly, colorful, and really fun to make! Here’s how easy it is to create your own:

You’ll need:

a blank canvas {ours were 8×8}

FolkArt Brushed Metal Paint: Gold

FolkArt Marbling Paint

FolkArt Glitterific

Mod Podge Gloss

Loose Glitter

Rock Salt


Disposable cup, bowl, and foil tray

Wax Paper

Optional: gloves

Creating Your Canvas

Ready to craft? Let’s get started!

Step 1: Base coat your canvas.

Ours was done in FolkArt Brushed Metal Gold, but you can use any metallic or other color you like. Keep in mind that you will be able to see some of this around the edges of your finished project.

Step 2: Apply FolkArt Marbling Paint to about 3/4 of the surface of your canvas.

This paint is super-easy to use; you’re going to love it if you haven’t tried it yet! The paint is already mixed with the marbling medium, so it’s ready to use right out of the bottle. You can squeeze it directly onto your surface, like I did with my Marbled Flowerpots, or you can do a “dirty pour” method like I did for my Marbled Monogram and for this canvas.

To do the “dirty pour,” simply squeeze each of your colors into a cup, letting them pile on top of each other. Continue to layer the colors in any order you want until your cup is about half to three-quarters full. The larger your canvas, the more paint you’ll need. Then, pour the contents of the cup directly onto your canvas. Gently tilt it in various directions to allow the paint to flow and cover the area where you want it. Remember to leave part of the canvas un-marbled for the glitter section. Here’s a quick look at how it works!

Sit your canvas aside to dry completely. While it dries, you’ll move on to the next step!

Step 3: Make your glittered Rock Salt Crystals.

Mix together equal parts Mod Podge and loose glitter in a bowl, stirring until well blended. Then, add 5 parts Rock Salt to the glitter/Mod Podge mixture and stir until the salt is completely coated. Spoon the coated salt onto wax paper to dry.

Step 4: Apply FolkArt Glitterific to the un-marbled part of the canvas.

Make sure the marbled area is dry to the touch before moving on to this step. Glitterific paint is very thick, and you want total glitter coverage, so think of spreading it on more like cake frosting than traditional paint. You can use a paint brush, but I personally prefer to use a spatula or plastic knife.

Step 5: Pour on your crystals.

The Glitterific will act as your glue, and when it dries, your crystals will stay in place.

Allow the entire piece to dry completely, then it’s ready to display in your home!

One of the best parts about this project is how different and unique it turns out every time! The marbling will always have a one-of-a-kind look, and your choice of colors will completely change the effect. Take a peek at the nine different results we got when each of the Plaid Creators made them. Which one is your favorite?

If you try this at home {or even part of it!}, I’d love to see your results. Be sure to share your photos of this or any project you’re working on in our Amy Latta & Friends Facebook group so we can all be inspired. See you there!

PS. Don’t forget, if you like it, then you oughta put a Pin on it!

Faux Geode Canvas Art

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  1. This is beautiful!
    I’m wondering would I need to base coat if I’m just going marble the whole canvas?
    Could I just paint the edges?
    Thank u!

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