Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Hope Is Never Lost: A Mixed Media Project

 

Tres Jolie’s Mixed Media Kit for September comes jam-packed with a canvas board, rice paper from Ciao Bella, a set of chipboard frames, a full package of Tim Holtz ephemera, various mediums (and a set of palette knives to apply them!): all you need to let your imagination run wild! I added a few things from my stash and came up with this…


And here’s the kit itself:


I began by applying an uneven coat of crackle medium from the February Mixed Media Kit to the wood frame and putting it aside. (That uneven coat will result in uneven cracking, which is what I was going for.) Once the medium was set, I painted the frame with white gesso, again coating it unevenly.

Next, I used the collage medium to adhere the rice paper to the canvas. While it was still wet, I tore around the edges to give it a ragged appearance. I grabbed a stencil from my stash and used one of the palette knives to apply the crackle medium.

I selected the smaller of the circle frames and covered it with the mousse, using my fingers to rub it in. While I was at it, I applied the mousse to the edges of the canvas.

I selected several of the ephemera pieces to use as layers behind the frame and one piece to use as my focal image. After inking the edges, I glued it all down, using USPS packaging between the layers to add dimension. Once that was done, I added the chipboard frame as my top layer.

I added a quote chip, again from my stash, and declared it “done”.

A few closeups:




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 *****Supplies*****

 ***Très Jolie September Mixed Media Kit***

Blick Art Materials – 5 x 7 Canvas Board

Ciao Bella – A4 Rice Paper – Green Driftwood

Prima – Nature Lover Collection – Embellishments – Wood Frame – 1 Pc #648121

Tres Jolie – Laser Cut Chipboard – Circle in Circle

Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – Ephemera Pack – Keepsakes #TH96958

Darice – Studio 71- Palette Knife Set – 5 Pcs #S71305

Nuvo – Embellishment Mousse – Burnished Bronze #814N

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Collage Medium – Matte – 2 Oz

Tres Jolie – Crackle Medium – White

 

***Other***

Tim Holtz – Idea-Ology – Quote Chips #TH93563

Prima – Finnabair – Stencil – Tapestry #966645

Plaid – Folk Art – Crackle Medium #694

Ranger – Distress Ink Pad – Brushed Corduroy

White Gesso

 

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Always Be On the Lookout for the Presence of Wonder

 

The colors and the images of September’s Mood Board are a perfect match for this photo that my son took on Cape Cod a few weeks ago, capturing my grandson walking on the beach at sunset. Here is my layout:


And here is the Mood Board that inspired it:


This month’s twist is “vintage”, so I slightly softened the colors of the photo before printing out two copies. I think that the image itself is timeless, which adds to the feel of the theme.

I wanted to use a lot of thin strips to form my base, so I started by cutting an 8” x 8” square from the center of my paper and attaching the outside piece to a bit of packaging cut to size.

I carefully tore a strip from the top of another sheet, flipped it over, and glued it to the base.

I trimmed the paper to about 2” from the torn edge and glued this strip down as shown.

I repeated this step using several sheets of paper until the entire surface was covered. I used the 8” x 8” piece behind the photos, dividing it in half and placing the photos to cover the split. I also added a bit of green, using one of the LemonCraft sheets that came with the kit. I didn’t bother inking or matting the photos because I like the way they stand out with just the white borders showing.

Now to embellish! I started by draping some cheesecloth around the bottom of the photos, allowing it to flow, capturing the feel of the waves. I added a few stones that I had taken from the Cape several years ago and filled some more of the space with flowers from the October 2019 kit.

And then I put it aside. I had plans to visit the Cape myself (my brother and sister-in-law are wonderful hosts!) and I was hoping that the weather would allow me to collect some sand from the Nauset Beach in the picture. It did look a little iffy – Hurricane Larry, now downgraded to a tropical storm, decided to pay a visit and Thursday was a day of torrential rain. Friday dawned clear and sunny, and we all went to several of the Cape’s beautiful beaches on Friday and yes, I managed to scoop up some Nauset sand, here applied with the help of some gel medium…

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 *****Supplies*****

***Très Jolie September Kit***

Paper Heaven – Beyond the Mist Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Sheet 1

Paper Heaven – Beyond the Mist Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Sheet 2

Paper Heaven – Beyond the Mist Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Sheet 3

Lemon Craft – A4 Basic Paper Pad – Double Sided Papers #Leaves 01

***Other***

Prima – Pretty Pale Collection – Dry Desert # 637583

Cheesecloth

Tim Holtz – Idea-Ology – Stickers – Small Talk #TH93193

Stones

Sand

Beacon – Fabri Tac

***Mediums***

Ranger Ink – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Milled Lavender

Liquitex – Gel Medium - Matte

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