Mixed Media Art – Have you Tried It?
Mixed Media art can expand your boundaries and move you out of your comfort zone. I have wanted to give this form of art a try for some time and have finally put myself out there. And the good thing is that I had fun doing it. No, it’s not perfect and I will learn as I go along..experimenting is fun!
I started with retired papers so that I didn’t ruin my new papers, however, as I went along, I found that it is hard to ruin this type of art. If there is something you don’t like, cover it up, add more ink, put another embellishment on it…you get the idea. I used many Stampin’ Up! products to create this Mixed Media art picture.
Ta da!!! Here is my Mixed Media project.
Stamps: Swallowtail (c-129216 w-131943, p 96, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue), Feel Goods (c-129684 w-131916, p 36, 2014/15 Annual Catalogue).
Ink: Black Stazon, Mossy Meadow, Island Indigo, Hello Honey.
Paper: Retired Designer Papers.
Accessories: Pearl Jewels, Paint, Stars and Hearts Decorative Mask, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker’s Twine, In Color Embellishment (retired).
Other: Tissue Paper, Spray Gesso, Art Canvas, , Modgepodge, White Acrylic Craft.
Highlights of the Method Used – remember to let the various layers dry before heading onto the next layer.
- The art canvas was sprayed with Gesso to seal the surface.
- Strips of various DSP were cut in various widths and attached with Modgepodge – both top and bottom – the papers were long enough to wrap around the ends of the canvas.
- The papers were painted with a whitewash made from the White Acrylic Craft paint and water. The reason for this is because I wanted the papers to be less intense.
- Using the Stars and Hearts Decorative Mask, the hearts were sponged using Hello Honey ink and a sponge dauber.
- Various colors of ink were sponged on the canvas and along the sides, to provide some interest.
- Twist the baker’s twine around the surface and attach using Modgepodge.
- Stamp the Feel Goods sentiment on Tissue paper using Black Stazon ink. Let ink dry.
- Tear or cut around the sentiment.
- Attach to canvas with Modgepodge
- To create the butterfly:
- Stamp 2 Swallowtail images using Black Stazon ink
- Apply a layer of Modgepodge to both sides of the butterfly. This will give it a bit of weight,
- Lay the first butterfly down on canvas.
- Lay the second butterfly on top of the first one – do not stick all the wings together. – this will give a 3-D dimension look.
- Attach the embellishment to the body of the Butterfly.
- Attach the pearl jewels to the canvas for the antennas. Use Modgepodge to attach the jewels.
Unless you seal the art with a fixative, don’t put it near water as the inks will run.
Why don’t you give Mixed Media a try and leave a comment as to how yours turned out.