February 6

Baby Boy Canvas Wall Art – Mixed Media

Baby Calin Memorial

Last year, one of the gals in my Craft Group tragically lost her grandson shortly before her birthday.  While many in the group worked on creating birthday cards and sympathy cards for her, I wanted to create something special that she could display and remember her baby grandson.  I decided a mixed media canvas with a picture of Baby Calin was the way to go.  This way should could hang it on her wall and see his beautiful smile regularly.



Art Alternatives Canvas Panel Super Value 5×7 Pack of 12
Brand New Aqua Oxford Blue Bulk Tissue Paper 15″ x 20″ – 100 Sheets
Hero Arts Hero Arts Mounted Rubber Stamps, 4 by 5.25-Inch, Old Letter Writing
Hero Arts – Moments Background – Mounted Wood Stamp – E309
La Blanche Vintage Pocket Watch Rubber Stamp
Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium Gloss
Adirondack Paint Dabber – Pool
Adirondack Paint Dabber – Cloudy Blue
Blue Trim
Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Mat Stack
Hampton Arts Studio G Mini Alphabet Stamp Set
Tsukineko Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad, Jet Black
Strokes Office Supplies 12 Paper Edger Scissors with Organizer Stand! Great for Teachers, Crafts, Scrapbooking (SBA5115)
Smooch Accent Inks, Bayside


Baby Canvas

The first thing I did was stamp the tissue paper with the script stamp, the moments stamp, the pocket watch stamp and the black Stazon ink pad.  I used the Studio multi medium gloss to adhere the tissue paper to the canvas and tore gently around the edges.  Next I used the two colors of Adirondack paint dabbers to add a little more color.  I used Mod Podge to adhere the picture and glue for the trim.  Next I cut a piece out of the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby mat stack and stamped the sentiment on it.  Once that dried, I drew over the stamped letters with two different color blue smooches.   I adhered that and a doily to the canvas and then used flowers and other embellishments to decorate.  Check out the video below to watch me create it:

They say that those who have lost loved ones never forget it.  They remember their lost each and every day.  I think about a dear friend of mine that I lost a few years ago pretty regularly and having her picture on my wall has helped me to remember her bright smile and happy face rather than remembering her as she was in her last days.  My hope with this project was that Grandma could remember her precious baby grandson with that amazing smile and let go of the tragedy that took him way too soon.  May it bring her a little more peace.


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Posted February 6, 2016 by Ki in category "Memorial Projects

About the Author

Kris (otherwise known as Ki) recently achieved her Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems and is currently working to turn her dreams into reality by writing, crafting, and building a business. She is a single mom seeking to show her only son that hard work and dedication will get you to a point where you can enjoy the best things in life without becoming a slave to the corporate world.


  1. By Barb on

    What a beautiful gift of love you gave your friend! Thanks for sharing this lovely project with us. This could easily be given as a gift for any special occasion…I’m so sorry this particular one was one of loss. Love your whole site and am looking forward to seeing more from you soon!

    1. By Ki (Post author) on

      Hi Barb,

      Thank you for the feedback. This was one of my favorite projects, despite it being one of loss. I loved the technique and the inspiration around it. I appreciate the compliments, thank you!


  2. By Candace on

    This is a really sweet gift you made for your friend. I get into different crafts all the time, but I haven’t taken on scrap booking yet. It is definitely on my list of crafts to do, though. I have thousands of pictures of my three boys that I want to use. Your mixed media canvas is super cute! How did our friend like it? Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. By Ki (Post author) on

      Hi Candace,

      Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it, and I’m glad you enjoyed my tutorial. Crafting is a great escape from reality, isn’t it? It’s a great mental break as you often craft without thinking about everyday pressures and just the process of being creative is therapeutic in itself. Scrap booking is one that I don’t do as often as other crafts also. I think it takes a lot more patience to get the results you want. I’ve made two scrapbooks so far. But I tend to enjoy mixed media and altering things much more. I do have tons of pictures of my son that I need to do something with though. I guess I should get started on that!

      Happy crafting,



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