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Mixed Media, Be – Choose – Seek

Hello all,

Sharing with you the 3 Panel Mixed Media canvas project that I finished up tonight.  I intended to do more of a steampunk style for this piece however, a silhouette foliage stamp caught my eye as I was browsing my stamps selection and it ended up changing my whole focus.  Truly, when you have an inspiration…I believe you should really run with it.  I am rarely disappointed when I do.

In the end, I really like the “Be Delightful”, “Choose Happiness”, and “Seek Strength” message that I pulled together from the Tim Holtz- Idiology Big Chat stickers.  It did me good to finish up the night with a positive thought!

Mixed Media 3 Panel Be Choose Seek Media Ready

Materials List:

  • Finnabair Art Basics Gesso
  • Finnabari Patina Effect Paste
  • Deco Art Acrylic Paint – Champagne Gold & Teal
  • Artist Loft Acryic Paint – Turquise and Mars Black
  • Craft Smart Acrylic Paint – Envy Green, Celery and Linen
  • Acrylic Sprays (home made)
  • Artist Loft Stretched 3″ x 9″ canvases
  • Tim Holtz Ideology, Big Chat Stickers
  • Golden Glazing Liquid
  • Liquitex Gloss Gel
  • Art Minds Metal Key
  • Metal Medallions
  • Vintage Book Text
  • Tim Holtz Collage Medium
  • Faber -Catell PITT Artist Pens
  • Inkadinkado stamps

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Happy Day!

L

 

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Mixed Media – Grey Dreams

Hello all,

It’s Friday night and time for a new blog post of my latest project.  I wanted to create a canvas with a muted, textured background and a soft focal point of muted colors.  Below is the outcome of my efforts (8″ x 10″ flat panel canvas).Mixed Media Grey.Green flower Dream

I altered from my normal course of using Gesso to neutralize the gears and other embellishments and then adding color over the top.  Usually, I do this because of the different colors, tones, and textures of the various pieces that I use.  Instead, for this project, I used all silver toned elements.  I really like how the silver metal is interacting with the muted grey background and the blue/green florals.

I hope you will forgive me for not including a materials list.  I took these photos prior to traveling today and forgot my materials list at home.  So, I do not have a list all of the materials to post for you.  I will try to come back and add the list next week when I am back home.

This is going to be fun weekend for me as we will be celebrating our grand baby’s 1st Birthday.  I am so excited and have been party planning all week-long!

Hope you all have a great weekend too!

Happy Day!

L

 

 

 

 

 

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ITAC 2017 Finale

Hello all,

I have made it to the final challenge in the ITAC 2017 tournament.  I have really enjoyed working through these challenges to create unique pieces to submit each week.  The final challenge these is “The World”.

ITAC Finale

In the United States, this is the time of year that we hold our State and County Fairs. This is a time for the community to come together to share their accomplishments for the year.  People are showcasing the quality of their sheep, goats, and even art work…you can find it all at the fair.  I began thinking about what it must have been like to go to “The World Fairs” back in the 1800 and 1900’s.  People coming from all over the world to share in the wonders and discoveries of man.  Did you know that the Farris Wheel made it’s debut at the 1893 Chicago World Fair?   Or, that the Eiffel Tower was built as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair in France?   I was just reminded of these details as I was doing a little research for this project.

Going with these thoughts, I decided that a “World Fair” theme would be a great match for this challenge.  These fairs were moments in time where the world united to learn and share in their discoveries.  How cool it must have been!

Below is my  Art Journal page (and Finale submission) titled “World’s Fair”.

ITAC Finale Unity 1.1

ITAC Finale Unity.2

Key Elements:

  • Circle Journal on Textured Acrylic paper
  • Unity, Love, and Peace
  • Woven burlap around edges and a spot of wire on acrylic world tag.
  • Hits of white throughout the piece.
  • Collage of pictures from various world fairs (public domain photos)

Materials used:

  • Simply Art Acrylic Paper
  • Tim Holtz – Stamper Anonymous Rubber stamps
  • 7 Gypsies Rubber stamp
  • Ranger Texture paste
  • Ranger Archival Ink
  • Tim Holtz Ideology products
  • Gears and other embellishments
  • Craftsmart Mutli-surface paint
  • DecoArt Acrylic and Metallic paint
  • Faber-Castelle Pitt pens
  • Acrylic paint sprays
  • TCW Stencil – TCW525s

Hope you all have a terrific week!

Happy Day!

L

 

 

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ITAC Challenge – 5

Wow, I can’t believe we are already into the 5th week of the 2017 ITAC Challenge; only 1 week to go.

ITAC 5

This weeks focus was on “The Americas”.   I certainly had a lot of inspiration to work with on this project!  I have has always been drawn to the forest; I think it stems from growing up in the Northwestern potion of the United States.  I just find such peace among the trees.  Below is a photo of our most favorite camping spot.  Isn’t lovely?!idaho forest

So, with the forest in mind and the challenge at hand, I created the project below (5″ x 7″ mixed media flat panel canvas).

ITAC 5 Americas inspire-glass chip

Key Elements:

  • A green color scheme with pops of bright blue (made me think of a forest with the streams and water flowing through them).
  • Large Glass Chip wrapped in wire, representing the “ice component”
  • Collage of green strips of paper (hinting of money), strips vintage music sheets (to add the element of music to the project) and beads for a little sparkle.
  • A bright blue feather, ties in with the blues in the background and completes another of the challenge requirements.
  • Finally, I stamped a few tiny birds and leaves in the piece to bring some life into my forest themed arrangement.

I really loved working on this challenge and can not wait to hear what is in store for us in the Grand Final.

Materials used:

  • Faber-Castell, Gelatos
  • Stamps from the Catherine Pooler’s Naturally Inspired Collection
  • Glass chip
  • Wire
  • Feather
  • Beads
  • Vintage Music sheets
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ranger, Archival Ink
  • Acrylic paint

Happy Day!

L

 

 

 

 

 

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ITAC Challenge – 4

The ITAC theme for Challenge 4 was Africa.

ITAC 4

So, I did a little internet browsing and found some really great information and images.  The one that really caught my eye was the Ndebele Dolls (see photo below).

Ndebele dolls
http://www.SA-Venues.com

It was great to learn about the Ndebele language and culture.  It was endearing to learn that, in many African cultures, dolls are passed down from generation to generation. How lovely a tradition!  For my piece, I took a little worry doll that I had on hand and modified it to represent a Ndebele doll.  It was a really fun process and I think it looks great on this project.

Itac Challenge 4 Africa - Doll.story

Itac Challenge 4 Africa doll.story 2

Key Elements:

  • Circle shaped hard board (prepped with black gesso).
  • Warm and Bright paint colors used with stamps to create a repeating “Ethnic” inspired pattern for the background.
  • A variety of metal, wood and plastic embellishments were used to create a steampunk style element – all treated with a Rust Effect prior to adhering.
  • A charm attached with twine.
  • The word “story” added to the bottom.
  • The feature element is my Ndebele inspired doll.

I am pretty happy with the final outcome and I hope you like it too!

Materials used:

  • Liquitex Acrylic paints
  • Artist’s Loft Acrylic paints
  • Stamps by:
    • The Angel Company
    • Stampendous
    • Bo Bunny
  • Brayer
  • Finnabair, Art Extravegance – Rust Effect Pastes
  • American Crafts Twine
  • Metal, Wood & Plastic trinkets/buttons/embellishments
  • Tim Holtz, Ideology – Big Chat Stickers

Happy Day!

L

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Mixed Media Flat Canvas – Amazing

Hello all,

Posting my latest Mixed Media canvas, this one took me some time as I just didn’t like how it was turning out.  It was one of those projects that I kept setting aside and coming back to.  I think I finally got it to a point where I am satisfied…still didn’t turn out like my original plan.  Oh well, as I have said before, sometime you just have to go where the art takes you.

Mixed Media flat canvas Amazing 3 media ready

No material list for this one as I have honestly lost track throughout my attempts at getting this piece finished to my liking.   At this point, I am just hoping I can just leave it alone and not try to “fix it” again.  lol

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Happy day!

L