Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Little Mixed Media (SAY WHAT?!)

Hahaha yes, I am playing with mixed media!

I am also working with a new company out of New York State called OOAK Artisan Showcase.  It's a great company that wants to promote and encourage artists all over the world.  The owner of the company is Shelley Graham Turner, and I have known Shelley online for quite a few years, way back to when we were both creating jewelry:)

So, for my first project post for OOAK, I have created a mixed media project, aptly named "Dreams and Dedication".  I used a fabulous quote in my piece that speaks to my heart.

Dreams and Dedication mixed media

This project started out as a 6x6 piece of watercolor paper from the Prima Marketing Paintables pad. I watercolored it with Distress Crayons and then it sat on my desk for a few months.  I just didn't know what to do with it, lol.  Finally I sat down with it one night and just decided to play around.

I added some stencils and molding paste, then I added some acrylic paint, and black gesso.  I looked for a quote and found this one that I loved, so I printed it out and added it to the paper.  I got out my magic marker and started adding lines.

Then I decided it was way too small, and found a wooden artist board (from the dollar store!) and painted it with black gesso.  I added the paper to it and decided it needed even more color (go figure!).  I mixed some distress crayon with white acrylic paint and had a little finger painting fun.  Then I added flowers that I distressed with the black gesso, some cardboard embellishments that I heat embossed and some metal embellishments.  Lastly, I decided it needed something special and I dug out my bronze acrylic paint and my fingers went to work again!

I am excited about this piece, and it has given me inspiration for other pieces which I hope to show you soon!

Thank you for visiting, and I hope ou will also visit the OOAK Artisan Showcase blog for more inspiration every week!  We will also be featuring OOAK members, so if you would like to be a member, please go to ooakartisanshowcase.com and join us!