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Mixed Media on Metal

Hello all,

So, I picked up a discounted print (on a 7″ x 9.5″ metal sheet) at my local craft store a few months back.  I didn’t like the print but it was only a few cents and I did like the metal sheet that the print was adhered to.  It was already set up to hang on the wall and I thought…one day I will have an idea on how to re-purpose this.

Well, yesterday was that day.  I wanted to do another steampunky piece (with an old paint brush) and remembered that this find was waiting for me in my stash.  I then pulled out Grundgeboard shapes, metal gears, junk jewelry, and recycled hardware findings to use on this design.

I have said it before but it is worth saying again, I really love picking out all of the bits and bobbles to go on these projects.  For me, they tell a story and I hope others will also build a story about the piece as they view it.  For each person, there is usually a different meaning/take on what the piece represents.

One of my first paint brush pieces was sold to a widow of a painter.  The elements on the piece reminded her of the lovely memories she had of her late husband.  It was such a honor to sell the canvas to someone who felt such meaning for the piece.  It is truly the ultimate compliment that an artist and maker can receive.

Mixed Media Brush No. 337.on metal 3.26.18

Mixed Media Brush No. 337.on metal snipit 2-3.26.18       Mixed Media Brush No. 337.on metal snipit 3-3.26.18

Mixed Media Brush No. 337.on metal snipit 1-3.26.18.jpg

Key Elements:

  • Layer 1: Black Gesso
  • Layer 2: Crackle Medium
  • Layer 3: Acrylic Paint &  sprays
  • Layer 4: Stencil with Texture Paste (on metal sheet as well as on the butterfly wings)
  • Layer 5: Grundgeboard shapes, old paint brush, lots of bits and bobbles. All treated with White Gesso and adhered to metal sheet
  • Layer 6: Acrylic Paint – paint and highlight the bits and bobbles.
  • Layer 7: Satin Varnish
  • Layer 8: Artist Pitt Pens

Materials:

  • Re-purposed print on 7″ x 9.5″ Metal Sheet
  • DecoArt American Decor, Crackle Medium
  • DecoArt American Acrylic Paint – Titanium White, Laguna, Purple Rain, Citron Green
  • DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister, White
  • DecoArt Americana White Gesso
  • DecoArt Americana DuraClear Satin Varnish
  • Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Gesso, Black
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen – White and Cold Grey
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • DecoArt Americana Stencil, Doily (on Butterfly wings)
  • DecoArt Andy Skinner Mixed Media Stencil
  • Tim Holtz Grundgeboard shapes
  • Sizzix Die, Gadget Gears #2
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Gears
  • Solid Oak Inc., Steampunk gears
  • Prima, Junkyard Findings
  • Recycled Hardware Findings
  • Junk Jewelry
  • Other misc. embellishments

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Hope you all have a great week!  I am still wishing, ardently, for spring to finally arrive!

Happy Day!

L

 

 

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Mixed Media – Ready for Spring

Hello all,

Well I don’t know about you but I am really tired of the cold weather and spring snow storms!  I want to see the sunshine and feel a warm breeze across my skin…instead of the bitter cold biting at my nose!  This piece was inspired by my wish for spring.  It reminds me of early flowers and hopeful green grass peeking through snow-covered ground with just a hint of the warm weather to come.

Spring can not come soon enough!

Unframed Flat 8″x 10″ canvas:

Mixed Media canvas Spring 322018

Framed piece:

Mixed Media canvas Spring framed 3222018

Key elements:

  • Layer 1: Vintage Book Text
  • Layer 2: DecoArt DecouPage paper – Old World
  • Layer 3: DecoArt Americana Stencil – Doily w/Ranger Texture paste
  • Layer 4: DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint & Gesso
  • Layer 5: DecoArt Dura Clear Satin Varnish

Materials:

  • 8” x 10″ Flat Panel Canvas
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, Gesso, and Satin Varnish
  • DecoArt Americana Stencil – Doily
  • DecoArt DecouPage paper – Old World
  • Ranger Texture Paste
    • rangerink.com
  • Vintage Book Text
  • Frame

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Happy Day!

L

 

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Mixed Media – It’s all Perspective

Hello all,

A quick post tonight to say hi and to show you my latest Mixed Media project.  I have had a rough few days, as many of us do, so today’s project is a little darker that I my usual color scheme. The saying, “It’s all Perspective”, pretty much sums up my thoughts though.

We all have tough times with bad situations, illness, or other things out of our control.  However,  it is our perspective on these events that drive how we think and react.  We control our thoughts and actions so we can make situations positive, negative, or whatever.  It was good for me to remember this as I was dramatizing my “issues” in my head.  I don’t have to let things get me down.  It truly is a matter of perspective.

Mixed media 12x12 Canvas It's all Perspective 3.13.18

What I remember…Materials list:

  • The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils
  • DecoArt paints and mediums
  • Acrylic Paint sprays
  • Ranger Texture paste
  • Tissue paper
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology – small talk sticker
  • lots of metal gears, charms, and wings.
  • dry wall tape
  • Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pens

This design has also been entered into The Creative Artiste’s Challenge blog for Challenge #36.

As well as The Mixed Media Challenge blog for Challenge #46

Happy Day!

L

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Pretty on a Pedestal

Hello all,

Happy National Craft Month!  Hope you all are getting some nice creative time in during this month of crafty celebration.  I spent the other evening working on this mixed media project using wood, acrylics, and ink.  I really enjoy mixing things up by using different substrates and mediums.  A wooden block, candle stick holder and finial are a great way to achieve a different approach to mixed media.  Use these wood products along with a napkin, a little paint, ink and…BOOM, you have a great craft project completed.

Mixed Media Wood blck on pedastal 3.6.17

Key Elements:

  • A wood block covered with a pretty napkin and then coated with gesso (after the adhesive had dried).
  • Texture paint applied randomly to bring in some additional texture.
  • Additional layers created by adding some dots with a rubber stamp and archival ink.  The flower and saying were also stamped with archival ink.
  • Acrylic paints used to color the flower image.
  • Wood candle holder and finial painted with gesso.
  • Entire image sealed with a layer of varnish.
  • Elements adhered together with mixed media adhesive.

Materials used:

  • Wood block, candle stick holder, & finial
  • Design Design Inc, napkin
  • DecoArt Americana
    • Acrylic paint, Royal Fuchsia & Cadmium Orange
    • Texture paint
    • Gesso
    • DuraClear Satin Varnish
  • Ranger Archival ink, Jet Black & Magenta Hue
  • Art Basics, Soft Gloss Gel
  • Stampendous stamps, flower image
  • Bo Bunny stamps, dots

Happy day!

L