Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Dwell in Possibility


The April Mixed Media Kit from Tres Jolie is all about experimenting; it comes with a couple of canvas boards, a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop, a package of flowers from Prima and all sorts of mediums to play with. I’ve added some of the chipboard pieces from the other kits and a few items from my stash to come up with this:

The “experimenting” is key here; I more or less made this up as I went along, just trying this and that and seeing what would happen.

I started by coating both of the canvas boards with the glitter gel. Once it was set, I poured a small amount of crackle medium (from the February kit) in the centers and spreading it to the edges with a palette knife.

This took a few hours to dry. I spent a little bit of that time treating the chipboard pieces: I covered the butterflies with more of the glitter gel and sprayed the lace borders with the Distress Oxide mist. (When dry, this looks more like a dark concrete gray rather than a true black, but that was fine.)

My next step was a little “out there”. The texture paste is just that: a thickish paste. But I wondered what would happen if I were to use it more like an acrylic paint, so I used a brush to cover my canvas boards and chipboard pieces. I love the results – as you can see, there is some slight cracking on the chippies and in the areas where the crackle medium coating is light and huge cracks where the medium is thick, allowing a lot of the glitter to come through. I used the Nuvo drops to decorate the edges of the chippies and set everything aside to set.

Next, I dabbed embossing adhesive through the stencil and added the embossing powder. (Love this stuff: it melts beautifully, resulting in a coppery sheen.)

The flowers come with yellow centers – not a good match for my canvas. I used one of the Lindy’s Magical powders from the March kit to alter them to blend in.

I glued the canvas boards to a long piece of packaging, then attached the borders to the edges, using gel medium. Next, I added the flowers and butterflies and finished my piece with a quote chip that I had edged with wax from the June 2019 kit.

A few closeups:





 ***Très Jolie Mixed Media Kit***

Royal & Langnickel – 4 x 6 Canvas Board #CNVB-46

Prima – Flower Embellishments – Ainsley #594749

The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Stencil – Mini Screen Print #TCW525s

Nuvo – Vintage Drops – Pumice Stone #1312N

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Texture Paste – Crackle #TDA71303

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Spray – Black Soot #TSO67566

Therm-O-Web – Gina K Designs – Glitz Glitter Gel – Turquoise Sea #18137

Gary M. Burlin Co. – Embossing Powder – Patina Bronzed Copper #GBEP46



Tres Jolie – Laser Cut Chipboard – Lace Border Set

Tres Jolie – Laser Cut Chipboard - Butterflies

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



Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Magical Shaker – Guten Tag Teal

Jaquard – Gum Arabic

Plaid Enterprises – Folk Art – Crackle Medium #694

Prima – Finnabair – Art Alchemy – Metallic Wax – Peacock #966775

Piccolo – Enamel & Embossing Powder Adhesive

Liquitex Professional – Gel Medium – Matte




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