Monday, December 17, 2012

Do I really need a new craft?

No.........not really...........but lately I've been inspired by a few ladies to try some mixed media projects.

Jill Foster
Elizabeth Allen and
Paula Williamson's my FIRST EVER mixed media on canvas! (Be kind!!)

So, after my friend Paula called me from Michigan to give me some tips - I decided to just go for it. What's the worst thing? I throw it away?

First I took a piece of My Mind's Eye paper and cut it to the canvas size.  Then I took a Stamping Bella image (the girl) and stamped it with StazOn Ink.  I stamped it before adhering the paper to canvas so I got a perfect impression.

Then I used my Mod Podge and covered the top of the canvas and the back of the paper and adhered them together.   I covered it with more Mod Podge and let it dry for a bit.

Then I dug around in my closet to find my acrylic paint and using my finger I put on yellow, green and at metallic blue.  I covered the sides too - and let dry.

Next I grabbed a few random stamps. I dipped some in my acrylic paint and pressed them to canvas and some I stamped with more StazOn.  I added some finger polka dots to the sides of the canvas too.  When dry - I added more Mod Podge and then I wanted a bit more - so I colored in the hearts she's blowing with a red Sharpie, then added clear Stickles on top.

I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment on another piece of paper and edged it with metallic paint. ( I don't love how that came out!)

Finally I added some more leaf stamps in StazOn and added one final coat of Mod Podge.

Lastly, I glued down one clear gem over one of the kite tails just for dimension because I didn't invest in gesso (yet).

So - what you think? If you'd done this - do you have any advice for me?


Thanks for your visit!


Claudia said...

No need to be kind, I think it's lovely.

Elizabeth Allan said...

Hello Maria! I just finished a creative tour through your mixed media project. If I could offer one small bit of advice it would be TO START MAKING ANOTHER ONE! This is fabulous!!! The way you wove the patterned paper and stamping together creates a magical effect. The design carried over onto the edges adds great depth and emphasizes the thickness of the canvas. The clear gem is a fantastic element too! Looking forward to your next mixed media!

Amanda R said...

I haven't been able to get into the mixed media frenzy but this is lovely Maria. You did an awesome job whether it was your first or 100th!

Olga said...

well good for you for trying something new, I'm chicken, your 's is amazing, keep em coming!!!!

Audrey Pettit said...

Ooh, how fun that you are dabbling in a new craft, Maria! I am always so drawn to the mixed media canvases I see, and I think your first one is a real cutie! LOVE that adorable silhouette image and love that she's done in bold black. You created a fabulous framework all around her, too, and I just love that sentiment. A motto to live by every day!

jimlynn said...

Maria, I think this is wonderful!!! Amazing piece of art - yes, ART! Think it's great that you're branching out and doing different things you want to do - expand those horizons, right!
Love it and want to see more now!

Karen B. said...

It's always fun to try new things in my opinion, and I think this turned out great!

Jill said...

Wow! I love your canvas! The sillouette looks beautiful paired with your lovely background! Can't wait to see what you create next!! HUGS!

Cheryl said...

It's beautiful! Great job

What size is the canvas?

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