Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Purple, triples & rust ...
Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.
If you visiting from a Design Team please feel free to jump to the challenge list and then the bottom of this post to check that I have used the right materials (if necessary). Believe me when I say you don’t need to read through my steps. They are here for me as a visual and written reminder for me.
I have one of my mixed media projects to share with you, I was talking about this last week, I am so happy I finally finished it and here it is …
A 20cm square hanging
Thankfully I was able to use a lot of embellishments lol!
My favourite butterfly stamp and word stamp
A final look
Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Substrate: Board Main Colour: Lilac or pale purple
Technique: Rust Effects Product: Something metal
I created my own rust paint which I have added to the three large blooms on the RHS,
to the sweetheart blossom, the wooden flower and splats.
I added a metal and crystal stem to the bouquet and a metal flower to the LHS.
I created a rust panel on the LHS: hope that’s okay?!
Altered Eclectics Challenge Anything Goes
Anything But Cute Challenge #11 Crazy for Colour
Clique Kits March Challenge Anything Goes: I am not sure if this challenge is for layouts only: if it is please let me know and I will remove my entry.
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge #12 Anything Goes
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Let’s Make It A Trio
I made sure that there are three butterflies; three large blooms; and three lots of flower embellishments; three dots of white acrylic repeated across the whole piece
After I saw some of my favourite March challenges I wanted to create another off the page project and to link it up certain challenges too. The one thing I know right now is that I am a slow would be mixed media artist/apprentice lol! It takes me time but I love it and an added bonus is that I can create cards for other challenges whilst I am waiting for the paint to dry lol!
There are five mixed media artists that have been very kind and wonderfully sharing and helping me. Sarn, Pamellia, Sara Emily, Niki and Georgie have happily answered questions about style, techniques and products on more than one occasion and have helped me when I’ve asked without any annoyance and I am very grateful to all of you for that.
I had planned to create a card but this project evolved as I was creating it. There is a very long list of products, lots of steps and no doubt waffle, lol. I’ve found myself more and more drawn to Pamellia’s shabby chic mixed media style and a couple of weeks ago I set up a board just for those shabby chic mixed media projects. It was after I had pinned many of them that I decided to create a shabby chic mixed media hanging instead of a card. I have experimented with shabby chic cards but they don’t look right to me. Heavily inked or painted with minimal layers is my card style, most of the time.
I’ve tried to list the order of work below but I may have missed some of the details because I didn’t think to take photographs as I created this. So here are my rough steps and the order that I think I did them in.
1. I cut an A4 sheet of chipboard to a 20cm square piece which was going to be the base of my hanging. I experimented by gluing on a sheet of ugly paper. I knew I was going to cover the base to because I wanted to minimise the ink and paint from soaking into the chipboard, stick to gesso in future.
2. I used Tim Holtz woodgrain layering stencil with purple Beautifully Grunge purple AT. I used a damp paintbrush so the colour didn’t spread too much, then left to dry.
3. I cut A4 Sheena Douglass card to A5 size. I cut a piece of white mesh to roughly the same size which I then coloured with purple Beautifully Grunge AT and left to dry.
4. I stamped the butterfly image onto a white card snippet. I used the purple from my Beautifully Grunge AT and the lighter blue from the Landscape AT to colour the butterfly.
5. The white mesh was dry so I put a dollop of glue onto the A5 white Sheena card and pushed the mesh into and left it to dry. I like adding fabric because of the added texture.
6. I used the rest of the A4 card and coloured that with pink and purple Beautifully Grunge AT. I used the silver and white from the Essentials AT and splattered them onto the card.
7. The base layer was dry so I used white acrylic paint and a wide paintbrush to create a whitewashed wood look to the base and left to dry.
8. The glue was dry on the card with mesh so I used purple Pebeo acrylic paint to colour from the outside edges inward for about 2cm only and put aside to dry.
9. I used two white card snippets which I coloured with pink and purple ATs, put aside to dry.
10. Stamped the sentiment onto vellum snippet and carefully dried with my heat gun, put aside.
11. I left all the layers to dry and got my embellishments out to work out what I wanted to use and how much I wanted to use as well as work out their placement before altering them.
12. Once I was happy with the layout I made a note of their placement, OMGEE I remembered to do it! I then removed them: of course I could have, with hindsight, taken a photograph lol.
13. I started to play with AquaTints, acrylic paints, gloss mediums and glitter.
14. I completely coloured the wooden butterfly, the wooden flowers, the leaf and the beaded spiral with purple acrylic paint and put them aside to dry.
15. I coloured the three large cream blooms (LHS), the large chrysanthemum, all the lilies, the top of the rosebuds, the bead stamens and the fabric bow with pink and purple AT and put aside to dry.
16. I added a little smidge of the purple acrylic paint to the edges of the wooden heart and left to dry.
17. I added a little purple AT to the fabric sparkling butterfly and put aside to dry.
18. Next I put glue on one of the wooden flowers and the leaf and added glitter to it, I left it to dry.
19. I mixed glossy medium with glitter to create a layer of clear glitter gloss. I have done this in the hope that the glitter on the hanging will not shed too much (another experiment lol!). I added the glitter gloss to the stamped and coloured butterfly, all of the paper flowers, the glittered wooden flower and leaf, and I added a little onto the wooden heart and put the sparkly button in the middle of it.
20. I don’t have anything much in the way of rust and was really happy when I found a Perfect Pearls in rust in my box of use it up supplies. So I mixed silver acrylic paint with Perfect Pearls rust until I was happy. I completely covered one of the wooden flowers, one sweetheart blossom, and three large blooms top RHS and some little spots to the purple wooden butterfly.
21. I coloured the thorax of the butterfly and a pearl metal stem black and left them to dry.
22. Then I started to play again, putting most of the flowers in the same position that I had tried, the only thing that differed was the pearl spiral stem and the long rosebuds. I put them together to create a layered bunch and added the spiral bead stem before trimming the wires. A final last minute addition was the crystal stem to the bouquet.
23. I added a little silver metal flower. I used silver because I have used that throughout the creation, a metal flower because I love flowers and the moonstone in the middle is my favourite gem stone.
24. I added three dots of white gesso paint across the hanging.
25. The final touch was to spray some silver mist (created with AquaTint’s) and I splattered white acrylic paint and rust acrylic paint here and there to give it some shimmer and added texture.
I don’t think this will be leaving our home! Not simples in any way whatsoever but I do love the end result and all the processes I used and learnt about. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this soon ttfn Karen x
Stamp: Tim Holtz: Perspective stamp set; Serendipity wooden stamp #
Stencil: Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Woodgrain
Miscellaneous Tools: paintbrushes; heat gun; pipettes; water pot; craft mat; paint palette
Country View Crafts: A4 chipboard
Crafter’s Companion A4 and snippets Sheena Douglass card
30cm square DP #; snippet vellum
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir AquaTints: Beautifully Grunge; Essentials; Landscape
Ranger Archival IP: black; plum
Perfect Pearls: Rust
Winsor & Newton Galeria acrylic paint: Black
The Works: white acrylic paint
Pebeo purple acrylic paint
Artiste: silver acrylic paint
Hobbycraft: white mesh fabric
The Ribbon Girl: wooden heart; crystal heart button
Prima: two wooden flowers; wooden leaf
Wild Orchid Crafts flowers: one Sweetheart Blossom; Lilies; Hip Rosebuds; Spiral Stamen; White Colour Long Stem Stamens; stamens
Glitter #; Fabric Butterfly #; Wooden Butterfly #; Metal Flower Charm #; Crystal Metal Stem #; paper leaves #
Maimeri Glossy Gel; Collall all purpose glue
# VOS: very old stash and no idea if still available to purchase, min. 3 years old