I am so excited about the new challenge forum for Mixed Media! I love learning new techniques - even when I kick and scream about some that just don't work for me. :) The best part of this challenge was that I found a bottle of Gesso that a friend gave me over two years ago - and it had not dried up!
The Mix1 challenge was to use a matte media and a shiny media. So I used Gesso for matte and embossing powder for shiny. I don't think Gesso is going to be one of my favorite mediums. It did what it was supposed to, I just don't like the results. The bg paper is the same paper that I applied the Gesso to.
The hard part for me was coloring my flower. I did this purple one second and decided to try water coloring using re-inkers. I always have trouble with any technique that uses a liquid medium, and I have never been able to make friends with a paint brush. LOL! This time I tried using green ep, hoping the leaf and bud would look better. They do, but then I didn't get enough Versamark and ep on the flower itself. The water coloring looked so bad that I added some color with a dark purple Copic marker. I added a yellow gem to the center for a little more shine and a matching butterfly to give a more finished look to the card.
As much as I'm whining about these two cards, they look nice from a distance, and I know that whoever receives them will think they are pretty. I look forward to the next Mixed Media challenge.
Date: Monday, February 4, 2013 GMT Views: 500
Registered: December 15, 2011 Location: Abilene TX Posts: 11309
Tue, Feb 05, 2013 @ 3:16 PM
Val, I think your two mixed media cards are great! But I understand your frustration when things don't turn out the way you want/expect them to. Funny enough, some of these projects get the nicest comments, so maybe we are to hard on ourselves (ya think?)
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Thu, Feb 07, 2013 @ 6:56 PM
Great job on the mixed media Val! Definitely have to get some gesso after I read about it. Kudos to you for trying it and I may have those same issues! Your card is so pretty and love the glitter touches!