Thursday, May 16, 2019

Golden Girl

The May Mixed Media package from the Tres Jolie Kit Club, containing an artist’s palette and plenty of embellishments and mediums (including three jars of Lumiere Halo paint) gave me the perfect opportunity to create a project featuring this photo of my granddaughter, taken by my daughter-in-law.

I started by covering the entire palette with black gesso from Liquitex, taking care to brush side to side. (Because this is much thinner than most brands, I prefer to use it as a primer.) Once it was completely dry, I sprayed the front of the palette with Nuvo mist from Tres Jolie’s April kit.

After determining my final photo placement, I used the texture paste and stencil that were included in the kit to create a brocade-like flourish that would show above and below the image. This dried to an almost transparent surface, so I applied chalk ink (again from the April kit) with a thin paint brush to make it stand out a bit more.

The corrugate squares are backed with a very thin wooden layer, so I used my heavy duty scissors to cut and tear them into pieces to go along the sides of my photo. I covered large sections of each piece with black gesso, and then painted them here and there with Nuvo mist.

I selected several of the plaster flowers and coated them with the same black gesso. Next, I took out the Halo paints and started to paint the surfaces, using all three of the colors, and then lightly misting them with water. I used my heat tool to dry the surfaces before applying more layers of color, repeating these steps until I got the results I wanted.

Meanwhile, I created my title with my Cameo, using the Cotton Candy font. Because the machine requires very thin chipboard, I duplicated the design so I could cut two layers. Using a blending tool, I covered the surfaces with Archival ink and then glued the layers together. I gave the surfaces a heavy coating of matte medium, and then poured on the glitter.

Time to assemble: I glued down both sides of the corrugate in layers, and then attached the photo that I had backed with several layers of packaging to ensure that it would lay flat. I cut several of the straws into smaller lengths before gluing them down, leaving a few pieces for my corner cluster.
Once I had determined the final placement of my flowers, I adhered them, along with the metal keyholes, using Art Glitter glue. (The plaster flowers are very heavy and I needed an adhesive with strong bonding properties.)
I added some texture with cheesecloth and Art Stones from my stash.
The title was placed to the side of my photo.
I poured out a small amount of each of the Halo paints and diluted them with water to color my embellishments in layers, again using my heat tool between applications.


***Tres Jolie Mixed Media Kit***
Darice – Studio 71 – Wooden Palette Set #30061945
Prima Marketing – Stencil – 6” x 6” – Flourish #564278
Prima – Sunrise Sunset Collection – Paper Roses – Gold #565169
American Crafts – Metallic Straws – Stripe – Gold – 5 Pcs #373832
American Crafts – Metallic Straws – Dot – Gold – 5 Pcs #368997
Darice – Glitter Tube – Gold – .75 oz #1146-36WAL
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Texture Paste – White Sand #963002
Darice – Corrugate Cut-Outs – Square – 3 Pcs #30011909
Graphic 45 – Staples Collection – Ornate Metal Key Holes – 2 Pcs #4500546
Prima – Archival Cast Collection – Relics and Artifacts – Plaster Embellishments – Flora #942663
Jacquard – Lumiere Light Body Metallic Acrylic Paint – Halo – Pink Gold #555
Jacquard – Lumiere Light Body Metallic Acrylic Paint – Halo – Blue Gold #556
Jacquard – Lumiere Light Body Metallic Acrylic Paint – Halo – Violet Gold #557


Liquitex – Professional – Black Colored Gesso
Liquitex – Professional – Matte Medium
Liquitex – Professional – Matte Gel Medium
Ranger Ink – Archival Ink Pad – Jet Black #31468
Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Chalk Fluid Edger – Tin Can #891152
Nuvo – Mica Mist – Antique Gold #571N
Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Art Stones #963705

Prima – Stencil – 6 x 6 – Flourish #564278
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Mini Ink Blending Tool #40965
Silhouette America – Cameo – Electronic Cutting System

Art Glitter – Dries Clear Designer Adhesive

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