Monday, September 9, 2019

See Possibility Everywhere - Experimenting with Mixed Media

When I opened my September Très Jolie package and saw the Mixed Media kit, with a canvas board, several packages of metals from Prima and an assortment of mediums (including rust reagent), I knew that I wanted to roll up my sleeves and dig in immediately.
This is what I came up with.

Lots and lots of layers here: layers of texture, layers of color and layers of details…
I started by applying crackle paste through the stencil that came in the kit to cover my canvas board with a random pattern of clocks and gears and other textures.

Once the paste had dried, I took out the Lindy’s Squirts. I had never used these before, so this was pretty experimental.
I placed a few drops of the Hockey Puck Black to the top of the page, misted it with water and put the canvas in an upright position to allow the ink to run down the page as I dried it with my heat tool. I repeated this step several times, turning the canvas upside down and sideways occasionally to cover the board. (I know that this ink is titled “Hockey Puck Black”, but like all Lindy’s inks, this is two-toned. I really like the green hue that comes out as the ink is diluted.)
 Next, I applied the Beaver Tail Brown in the same way. This resulted in shades ranging from flat brown to a rust hue.
The misting left some of the canvas with a water color effect which I left as is to create a few contrasting bright spots.

Kim packed three packages of Prima Mechanicals in this kit and I used most of the contents to create my center, adhering each piece with gel medium. This gave me a little bit of time to rearrange the pieces while leaving a very heavy bond – so important when using metal embellishments.

I painted all of the metals with the Red Bronze paint. While this was drying, I mixed a small bit of the Hockey Puck Black Squirt with the Snow Cap paint and used it to highlight some of the edges. Once this was dried, I used gel medium to trim my arrangement with some of the Microspheres. I put this aside to set.

And now for the magic! I painted small bits of gel medium here and there and sprinkled them with Rust Effect Powder. Once this was dry, I applied the Rust Reagent to each spot, turning the canvas upright so some of this would run down the surface. This was allowed to dry overnight for the reagent to take effect.

Meanwhile, I remembered that I had some large Tim Holtz quotes stashed away. I selected a few that I thought would match my piece. I covered them with Metallic Wax in Bronze Age and then highlighted them with the Firebird Wax.

Before attaching the quote pieces, I used a fan brush to lightly dry brush areas of the canvas with the Snow Cap paint.

And that’s it! An experiment that turned out well; I just love when that happens…



***Très Jolie Mixed Media Kit***
Royal & Langnickel – Essentials – 9 x 12 Artist Canvas Painting Board #CNVB-912
Prima – Mechanicals – Flowers – Metal Embellishments – Roses #960339
Prima – Mechanicals – Vintage Trinkets – Metal Embellishments – Washers One #960346
Prima – Mechanicals – Vintage Trinkets – Metal Embellishments – Flowers #960407
13 @rts – Mixed Media Stencil – His and Hers Remastered – Mechanical
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Starburst Squirt – Beaver Tail Brown
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Starburst Squirt – Hockey Puck Black
13 @rts – Acrylic Paint – Snow Cap
13 @rts – Ayeeda Paint – Metallic – Red Bronze
13 @rts – Ayeeda Powder 3D – Microspheres XS – Old Gold
13 @rts – Ayeeda Powder – Rust Effect Powder – Rusty Bronze
13 @rts – Rust Reagent

***Other Embellishments***
Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-Ology – Quote Chips #TH93563

***Other Mediums***
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Texture Paste – White Crackle #961503
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallic Wax – Bronze Age #964023
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallic Wax – Firebird #966720
Liquitex – Matte Gel Medium

As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Summer Outfits

The August kit from Très Jolie has a very masculine theme, with papers from Couture Creations’ Gentleman’s Emporium collection and metal embellishments from Prima, but Kim supplied enough flowers to turn “masculine” into “totally girly”.
 I think the colors and patterns are a perfect setting for this photo of my granddaughter from a year ago.

I started by cutting an 8” square from the center of Sheet 7A and putting it aside. The remaining “frame” was taped to a piece of chipboard to give it stability.
Next, I trimmed Sheet 11B to an 11½” square. After heavily distressing the edges, I inked them all around to give them some definition.
Using ScōrTape, I attached the sheet to the base.

I’ve had this stencil for years. It’s one of my favorites; I just love the beautiful flourish shapes. I wanted to achieve an off-white texture; Prima’s Stone Effect Paste in Pumice was perfect. I applied this twice, to show on the top and then the bottom of the photo, and allowed this to air dry overnight before going on to the next step.

After distressing and inking the edges of my photo, I taped it to a layer of packaging. I cut a slightly larger piece from the center that I had put aside, distressed and inked the edges and attached it under the photo.
I glued a doily from my stash to the base, and then placed the matted photo on top.

I started adding flowers from the kit around the photo.

The flowers from Prima’s Perfect Day package are more of a teal color. I gave one of them a good dose of Color Bloom mist to create a better match.

I coated several of the metal gears with wax and turned them into “girly” embellies.

Next, I added a couple of nailhead embellishments; they go so well with the flower centers.

To finish my layout, I scattered Art Stones here and there to close the “holes” in the flower clusters and to add just a bit more texture to the page.

A few more close-ups…



Couture Creations – Gentleman’s Emporium Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 07A #CO726820
Couture Creations – Gentleman’s Emporium Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – 11B #CO726824

Bradshaw International – Sweet Creations – Doily – 6”
49 and Market – Flower Embellishments – Country Blooms – Storm #CB88558
Prima – Flirty Fleur Collection – Flower Embellishments – Perfect Day #634520
Prima – Pretty Pale Collection – Flower Embellishments – Floral Landscape #637644
Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Tiny Junkyard Findings – Vintage Trinkets – Nail Heads #891657
Prima – Finnabair – Mechanicals – Steampunk Gears #963453

Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Stone Effect Paste – Pumice #964368
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallic Wax – Blue Lagoon #966706
Prima – Color Bloom – Spray Mist – Sultry Shimmer – Summer Sky #573867
Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Art Stones – White #963705
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Black Soot #TDP39860
Liquitex – Matte Gel Medium

Layers of Color – Art Stencil – Natural Flourish #TSG-0606-001
Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Distressing Tool #890940

Duncan Enterprises - Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue #NM810
ScōrTape – ½”

As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.