My First Mixed Media Piece
This is my first mixed media piece. With a $1.00 canvas that had the word “Faith” on it, and some boring background, I figured I liked the word enough to make something out of it.
I started by prepping the canvas with a layer of Gesso. I don’t have any fancy Gesso, just some Wal Mart stuff that I bought AGES ago. Once I got the layer on, and it dried, I painted the whole piece in a pale yellow acrylic paint. After that, I took a script stamp and some Peacock Gold pigment ink (Colorbox) and stamped the script all over, not caring if I got a great impression or not. (Lesson learned from this: when stamping on a canvas and you DO want a good impression, make sure there is a book to support the middle section of the canvas).
Taking some MME Cowboy paper, I cut out some birds and pretty paper, and adhered it to the canvas (Lesson 2: ALWAYS USE a matte medium (or other liquid glue) for adhering paper to the canvas. A hot glue gun DOES NOT WORK!) I didn’t like the plain blue piece in the top left corner, so I took some white cardstock and used a Hero Arts stamp (Fleurette) and stamped the image in a silk blue pigment ink (Colorbox).
I am taking the Technique Toolbox course (taught by Claudine Hellmuth at Big Picture Classes), and learned how to make the look of peeled paint using petroleum jelly. I HAD to try this, so I bought some petroleum jelly, followed the instructions, and was really happy with the result 🙂
It still needed more to me, so I decided to try stamping into some coloured Gesso ( Lesson 3: DO NOT USE liquid acrylic paint for tinting Gesso.. it gets too runny to be of much use). Needless to say, I could NOT get the Gesso to set up enough to stamp into, so I bailed on that idea, and just spread the tinted Gesso around, and tried the peeled paint technique again. So, it needed more.. I took the Fleurette stamp again and stamped the flower 3 times in 3 corners in Versamark ink, then used Chocolate brown embossing powder, and heat set it.
At this point, I just wanted to add a bit of dimension to the piece, so I made a flower from coffee filters (From A Blog Named Hero), dyed the flower in Broken China and Walnut Stain Distress Stain. I fluffed up the flower, then decided it needed to go onto the bottom left corner. I had a turquoise flower that I had made from a border punch, and I added that to the top right corner (after spraying both flowers with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearl Mist). I had just bought some jewellery pieces for mixed media, and added a gold flower. I finished the piece by adding a stamped bird above the middle of “Faith”. I debated about colouring the paper, but decided a bit more white wasn’t a bad thing.
I am entering this in the “A Blog Named Hero” challenge this week, which is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Thanks for looking. 🙂