Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Dreamer of Dreams


Très Jolie’s Mixed Media kit for October contained an assortment of Dina Wakley acrylics, a bottle of Sparkle Spray from Nuvo and – best of all – a wooden dreamcatcher kit from Kaisercraft’s Lucky Dip collection. Here’s what I came up with:

I didn’t receive the string that came with the kit, so I went into my stash and pulled out several spools of jute twine, one an all-purpose packaging item that I’ve had forever and another “craftier” spool from May Arts. While deciding which one to use to dangle the “feathers”, I had an “aha” moment and began to envision a rustic look.

I began by painting the dreamcatcher itself, starting with Tangerine in the center, then Lemon, then Peacock and ending with Eggplant at the edges, allowing each color to dry before going on to the next. I used light strokes and a minimum of paint, so this process went very quickly.

I wanted my “feathers” to look like feathers, so I applied thick layers of each color, using a texture tool to spread the paint diagonally from the center to the edge. This process took a few days because these layers took a long time to air dry.

Meanwhile, I began to wind the thicker all-purpose twine around the edge of the circle, using glue dots ever inch or so to make sure that it would stay put.

I applied the mica-rich Sparkle Spray on all the surfaces, then rubbed most of it off with a paper towel to allow the colors to show through while toning down the very bright hues.

 I especially love the results that I got with the feathers; the mica settled in the grooves and bought out the textured look that I was going for.

I used more of the twine to attach my feathers and to create a hanging loop at the top. I couldn’t make up my mind as to whether to treat these lengths to match the wrapped edge; at the end, I decided to let them be.

I used several blooms from Prima to create my embellishment in the center and surrounded them with a few bark flowers given to me by my good friend, Heather Thompson. The title is a Tim Holtz Quote Chip, covered with Sparkle Spray and rubbed with a paper towel.

The best part of this cluster must be the feather bunch. It’s one of two that I’ve been hoarding for a long, long time; I do wish I could remember where it came from… It’s all of one piece; I simply added a few twists of the May Arts jute to the bottom before tucking it under and gluing it down.

Here are a few more closeups:



***Très Jolie Mixed Media Kit***

Kaisercraft – Lucky Dip – Decor Flourish – Dreamcatcher – Large #LDB1092

Nuvo – Sparkle Spray – Cocoa Powder #1665N

Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic Paint – Lemon #MDQ54023

Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic Paint – Tangerine #MDQ54092

Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic Paint – Eggplant #MDQ59813

Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media – Heavy Body Acrylic Paint – Peacock #MDQ59851


Prima – Amber Moon Collection – Flower Embellishments – Pumpkin #596989

Prima – Autumn Sunset – Flower Embellishments – Gourds and Pumpkins #642815

Bark Flowers

T W Evans Cordage Co – Jute Twine – 2-Ply – Brown #13-205

May Arts – Jute Burlap String – 1mm – Natural #SM-10

Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-Ology Collection – Quote Chips #TH93563

Feather Bunch


Ranger – Texture Tools Pack 1 #INK44567

Glue Dots – Mini Dots – 3/16 Inch


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