Sunday, May 24, 2020

Thoughts and Theories

Très Jolie’s Mixed Media kit for May comes with a canvas, mediums, several packages of metal trinkets and – best of all – 4 empty video tape reels. After a bit of pondering and such, I came up with this:

Here’s how it all came together:
I began by coating the canvas and tape reels with black gesso, making sure that all the surfaces were covered.

I selected a Crafter’s Workshop stencil that I’ve had for years and used texture paste to cover the entire canvas with the bold pattern.

Once the texture paste was completely set, I applied more of the black gesso.

I watered down some of the Caribbean Teal paint to create a wash and used it to cover the canvas. A lot of black still shows, but that’s okay. I allowed it to air dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next step.

I created another wash with the Golden Glaze paint and applied it over the canvas, using a baby wipe to blot it here and there to allow the teal to show through. Again, I allowed it to air dry.

I used gel medium to attach the tape reels to the canvas.

After the reels were completely set, I started to add some of the metal trinkets that came in the kit.

I begin to add a few flowers from my stash.
(Yes, that’s a lot of gel on that spiral. I’ve made sure that it will stay there permanently. Once it’s dried, it won’t show.)

More flowers and more metals: I’m starting to pile them on.

I added resin cameos and buttons that came in the main kit…

…and a few small flowers to fill in some gaps.

I covered all of the pieces with black gesso, taking care to fill in the crevices and crannies.

This little guy decided to become unglued. I waited until the gesso was dry before reattaching it.

I created a thinner wash with the Caribbean Teal paint and applied it to the reels and embellishments.

Again, a thinner wash, this time with the Golden Glaze. I made sure that it pooled in some of the crevices and once again, allowed my canvas to air dry.

As a final step, I applied the Aqua Sheen metallic wax to some of the edges and raised elements.

I had planned on my canvas being in “portrait” mode, but by the time it was finished, I realized that it was meant to be turned on its side. For the title, I selected a Quote Chip from my stash, colored it with Vintage Gold wax, then edged it with the Aqua Sheen wax from the kit.
I glued it down to the tape reel and my canvas was finished.



***Très Jolie May Mixed Media Kit***
Royal & Langnickel – Essentials – 4 x 12 Artist Canvas Painting Board #CNVST-412
Prima – Finnabair – Vintage Trinkets – Washers No 2 #960353
Prima – Finnabair – Mechanicals – Machine Parts #967107
Très Jolie – Tape Reels (4)
Little Birdie Crafts – Black Gesso #CR75626
Little Birdie Crafts – Tinted Metallic Paint – Caribbean Teal #CR82313
Little Birdie Crafts – Tinted Metallic Paint – Golden Glaze #CR82315
Little Birdie Crafts – Metallic Wax – Beeswax Formulation – Aqua Sheen #CR79826

***Très Jolie May Kit***
Melissa Frances – Vintage Resin Applique – Button Assortment #CX876
Melissa Frances – Vintage Resin Applique – Cameo Assortment #CX891

Wild Orchid Crafts – Mulberry Roses
Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-ology Collection – Quote Chips #TH93563

Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Paper Texture Paste #965259
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Vintage Gold #963958
13 @rts – Ayeeda Medium – Acrylic Gel Medium

The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Doodling Templates – Mini Gears #TCW262s

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

Monday, May 18, 2020

Awesome Memories

Here’s another colorized photo: my father with his sisters and younger brother sometime in the mid 1930’s.

I’ve based this design on the May sketch from the Très Jolie Kit Club, turning the photo around but otherwise keeping pretty close to Kim’s design.
Before assembling my page, I chose the flowers that I wanted to use and soaked them in a mug of coffee to give them an aged look. Once I was satisfied with the staining, I put them aside on paper toweling to dry.

I started by lightly stenciling a flourish image in several places around the paper, using one of my favorite Prima masks.

I inked and matted my photo, using several layers of packaging behind each layer to add dimension to my page.

I treated my chipboard pieces (one from the kit, one from my stash) by covering them with Distress spray stain, then applying Metallique waxes once they were completely dry. I like how this gives them a varied sheen.

I pulled the largest flower apart, folded the bottom layers over and tucked them under the photo and over the flourish.

 I started to arrange the rest of the flowers, gluing them down one at a time to make sure that they stayed in place. I added a fussy cut and inked piece on the bottom of the cluster.

I selected some pieces to tuck above the flowers: a resin cameo, a fussy cut small tag and a couple of cardboard die cuts.

I placed the dangle under the string image, adding a flower to the top.

There was a small piece of lace left over from my last layout; I tucked it under the photo and placed a resin cameo on the side.

Another cardboard die cut, this one placed over the “memories” text on the paper, gave me my title.



***Très Jolie Kit***
Craft O’Clock – Hazy Street Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Sheet #1 – CC-HS-MM02-01
Craft O’Clock – Hazy Street Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Sheet #3 – CC-HS-MM02-03
Craft O’Clock – Hazy Street Collection – Bonus Sheet – CC-ZD-HS-MM02
Little Birdie – Handmade Flowers – Elsie Collection – Arctic Ice – 10 Pcs #CR69404
Little Birdie – Handmade Flowers – Valerie Collection – Moon Light – 14 Pcs #CR69659
Craft O’Clock – Hazy Street Collection – Cardboard Die-Cuts #CC-CB-MMo2
Melissa Frances – Vintage Resin Applique – Cameo Assortment #CX891
Scrapaholics – Laser Cut Chipboard – Ornate Dangle

Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Flourish 23

Ranger Ink – Archival Ink Pad – Coffee #AIP06640
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Spray Stain – Gathered Twigs #TSS42310
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Aged Brass #963965
Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Bronze Age #964023

Prima – Stencil Mask – 6 x 6 – Flourish #564278
Picket Fence Studios – Tools – Life Changing Blender Brush Set
As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.