As soon as I opened the March Mixed Media Kit from Tres Jolie – filled with Lindy’s Magicals, packages of flowers and metals and an 8” round canvas board – I knew exactly what I wanted to create. I’ve added a few basic mediums and a couple of embellishments from my stash to come up with this:
And here’s how it all came together…
Cut the filmstrip chipboard in half to fit inside the circle and place the pieces along the shutter piece to get an idea of where you want them to sit.
To create background texture, apply texture paste through a stencil (I used the KaiserCraft one that came in the Scrapbook Kit).
Once dried, coat the canvas, along with the chipboard and shutter piece with black gesso.
Glue the pieces down with gel medium and allow it to set. (No gel medium? A clear glue such as Fabri-Tac will work here.)
Begin to arrange some of the metals and flowers until you’re satisfied. Don’t glue them down yet. (I like to take a photo at this point so I can remember where I put everything.)
Using gel medium, begin to adhere the metal pieces. (Don’t worry about seepage; it won’t matter in the end.)
Once the metal pieces have set, begin to glue the flowers to your piece, again allowing them to set.
Begin to fill in your layers with the remaining metals and flowers. Add some clear Art Pebbles to the centers of some of the metal pieces. (Make sure that all the adhesive is dry, and the embellishments are set before going on to the next step. I like to let it sit overnight.)
Begin to paint the embellishments with black gesso, lifting the top layers of the flowers and coating the “underneaths” as you go.
Prepare your mists: Measure 4 parts Magical powder and 1 part Gum Arabic into a mini mister and give it a shake to blend. Carefully add water until almost full. With your thumb *tightly* over the top, shake the bottle until thoroughly blended. Screw on the top and you’re ready to go. (I like to mix the ingredients before attaching the mister so none of the powder clumps and clogs the nozzle.)
Spay the entire surface with the Antique Gold mist, being sure to coat those “underneaths” and thoroughly dry with your heat tool. You’ll need 2 – 3 bottles full for this step. (That’s my DIY splat box: a couple of USPS boxes and layers of newspaper…)
Spray your canvas here and there with the Cathedral Pines Green, using the entire bottle. Again, use your heat tool to dry thoroughly.
Your project should look somewhat like this: gold with green highlights.
Create one more layer of color with the Guten Tag Teal, this time creating pools of color by heavily spraying a few spots rather than the entire surface.
Allow this layer to air dry.
Use the remaining Antique Gold to paint the flower centers and Art Pebble domes. Brush some mist along the edges of the Quote Chip and glue it to the top of the shutter piece to complete your project.
A few closeups:
Tres Jolie – Laser Cut Chipboard – “S” Filmstrip
Canvas Panel – Circle – 8”
Prima – Paper Flowers – 16 Pcs #599454
Prima – Finnabair – Mechanicals – Flowers #960407
Prima – Memory Hardware – Venetian Shutters #993696
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Magical Shaker – Guten Tag Teal
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Magical Shaker – Cathedral Pines Green
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Magical Shaker – Antique Gold
Jaquard – Gum Arabic #JAC1648
Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Art Pebbles – Mélange #963323
Advantus – Tim Holtz – Idea-Ology – Quote Chips #TH93563
Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Paper Texture Paste #965259
Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – Heavy Gesso – Black #655350
Liquitex – Acrylic Medium – Matte Gel
KaiserCraft – 6 x 6 Designer Template – Autumn #IT489
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