Cost of one mixed media (altered box) art project

Check out my YouTube video haul

Getting straight to the point, if you haven’t watched the YouTube vid on this Michaels haul then I am going to tell you the total of my bill was C$92.27.  WHAT?!!!! Lol well that is how it is my friends!

Here is the supply list for this haul with links from Michaels and*. (for an online shop preference).

1.) Box canvas to be altered from Winners Saskatoon CA$12.99

2.) ASHLAND™ PEACOCK FEATHER SWORD CA$5.00 from Michael’s link here

3.) FINNABAIR® ART EXTRAVAGANCE® STONE EFFECT PASTES CA$37.99 (on sale for CA$11.40) from Michael’s link here. From link here. Here is a more detailed YouTube review about the paste from Finnabair herself, Anna Dabrowska.

4.) FINNABAIR® STAMPS AND STENCIL, POSTALE SET CA$19.99 (on sale for CA$6.00) from Michael’s link here. Here is a tutorial on how to use stamps with art journaling and scrapbooking and of course here is my own YouTube tutorial on a previous mixed media project using stamps. If you wanna see me in action lol!

5.) FINNABAIR® ART ALCHEMY® ANTIQUE BRILLIANCE WAX, BRONZE AGE CA$8.99 (on sale for CA$2.70) from Michaels. From Scrapbook. com link here. Want to see the the swatches of the waxes on canvases by one of my favorite YouTube mixed media artist Tiffany Solorio.

6.) LIQUITEX ® Ultra Matte Gel Medium $CA 19.99 (on sale for CA$13.99) from Michaels.  From I haven’t used the Finnabair 3D Matte gel myself because I still have my gel mediums. I only use the Liquitex mediums as glue for lightweight embellishments, but I have seen other mixed media artists use Finnabair Gel Mediums and they like it. To learn more about the diffrerent types of gel mediums used for mixed media art Keren Tamir’s YouTube channel is the one that I got to. Keren has lots of advices and videos for beginner mixed media.

7.) BEAD LANDING™ ACRYLIC GEMS, LARGE AB ASSORTED CA$14.99 (on sale for CA$7.49) from Michaels. Not really my favorite but I will still continue using them.

8.) TIM HOLTZ® IDEA-OLOGY® FOUNDATIONS CA$ 12.99 from Michaels.  From I have been looking forward to using this in my project and it didn’t disappoint!

9.) Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxides Ink Pads – Vintage Photo CA$8.99 from Michaels and from An investment and goes a very long way! It is perfect for creating borders on paper or any canvas really.

10.) LASER-CUT LEAVES ICONS BY RECOLLECTIONS™ CA$4.99 From Michaels and a similar ones from Bo Bunny at Laser cut chipboards are one of a few favorites of mine. The greater the swirls, the better lol!

11. 6″ SCRIPT CHIPBOARD LETTER BY RECOLLECTIONS™ CA$3.29 from Michaels. Now I just realized that the one that I bought was a letter T! LOL. Oh well it looked like a J to me haha!

12.) DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics® Paint, 2 oz.  CA$3.29 from Michaels.

13.) Multi-Surface Premium Ultra Bright Metallic Paint By Craft Smart® CA$ 2.99 from Michaels

The total amount of time spent in finishing this project was 12-13 hours over the course of 3 days. I do not force myself into making an artwork just for the sake of making them. I put every ounce of my creative brain cells into it.

During the 2nd day of my crafting, I was trying to make my composition for at least 1.5 hours. I got very frustrated because nothing made sense and so I went to sleep! The next day, I had a theme in my mind of what look and vibe that I wanted to go for and therefore the project was done on the third day.

I would have given it one more day for everything to set and basically for the smell of the E6000 glue to go away but, lesson learned!

With a big canvas like this with 6 sides, I have to be honest, I would have spent 4 days in it including curing time. So, the next time that you would see the price tags of the mixed media artworks, that is why my friends!

For my beginner scrapbooking friends out there, here is a great read of a blog entitled  An Introductory Guide to Beginning Scrapbooking. Don’t worry I wont be upset if you are more into Scrapbooking. Actually, I might do some in my next future projects to make a keepsake memory of our wedding photos! Exciting!!!!!!!!!

*Links from might be affiliate links (should you decide to buy the items that I have linked in this blog from the site, I will receive a small commission which will help me continue creating more projects in the future. Do not worry, the prices won’t be affected.


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