This is for Lydia's fun Mixed Media challenge "The Old Classics". I think I have used just about every medium I own. I had to go deep into the craft graveyard area to find my India ink bottle. I didn't want to wreck another brush so I applied it with a toothpick and did long sweeps down the gown.
This is the third time I have used Grace in recent mixed media challenges. This beautiful Gabrielle Pollacco image is perfect for playing and experimenting with mixed media.
Once again, this panel is going in my journal. The back ground is still very wet so I have just laid it on the book cover the photograph it. Again I have different edges on the panel - blade cut, hand torn, metal ruler torn.
Most of my previous "Grace" cards were done with Distress Crayons and Gelatos. This one is just Gelatos, applied directly onto the card and blended with a dry finger then ever so gently swiped with a baby wipe (following the direction of the Gelato streak). The idea with the baby wipe is to just move the Gelato without actually removing it.
I added long streaks of India Ink, glitter and metalic pens. I then coloured Grace's body and hair with Prismacolour pencils.
I had to put my big brave girl pants on to do the next step......I put a few drops of reinkers on a palette, and using a big wet brush I applied it to the top section of the card. The colour looked pretty ordinary so I just kept trying different reinkers in various shades of red, pink and purple.
I expect it will dry more evenly, but no biggie if it doesn't - this is for my book and will serve as a reminder to ???? not really sure, but you know what I mean.
The panel no longer looked balanced so I put an even bigger pair of big brave girl pants on and brushed on the reinkers on the bottom. Now this is something that I will definitely write in my book - reinkers react very differently when applied over the top Gelato and baby wiped areas. It was smooth and easy to brush the diluted reinkers, it didn't grip the paper like it did at the top. I sort of expected this where the Gelatos were but not the bottom baby wipe area.
Thank you so much for looking.
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Registered: August 15, 2007 Location: Twin Cities MN Posts: 33898
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 6:35 PM
Bows down before Miss Susie....pays homage to your medium mixing skills....love reading about your brave attempts to blend/mix colors....I LOVE the red and black with the glitter..I think this Grace may be my favorite of yours...I like that you've identified these women with particular names...reminds me of dolls I had..do you know Madame Alexander dolls....ok,,,going off on a tangent...AWESOME work of art.
Registered: March 31, 2008 Location: Eastlake, OH Posts: 22640
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 6:36 PM
I just cant understand how you created those beautiful, feathery strokes in that amazing skirt! I read your description and just can't envision this! Each time I see this I have a desire to try it. You even managed to get the streaks from the inks to blend beautifully into that lower skirt. This is an amazing mixed media piece and it definitely has a WOW factor! You used the most amazing techniques and you get outstanding results using regular cardstock. Incredible and SO elegant! I have to get some baby wipes now!
Registered: December 15, 2011 Location: Abilene TX Posts: 11319
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 7:25 PM
This is achingly gorgeous, Susie, and I think my favorite so far. Not only is the dress drop-dead gorgeous, the background is amazing. How sad it's to be hidden away in your book. If I could create something this fabulous it would be in a frame on my wall!
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Registered: August 10, 2006 Location: Sunny Florida Posts: 19725
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 7:36 PM
Stunning, absolutely stunning!! Wow, Ms. Grace looks fabulous tonight! Actually, I think this is the best gown yet that she has worn!! It is out-of-this world splendid! All of the work you put into such a creation amazes me, Susie! You are a marvelous artist, my friend!!
Registered: March 11, 2013 Location: Ingleside, IL Posts: 2457
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 7:52 PM
I agree with all of the ladies because once again, you've left me speechless! Grace is GORGEOUS!!! I must must must try this technique. I don't have gelato's but I know you made a recommendation, I'll be delighted to go thru your gallery again!!!! Special hugaroonies dear friend!
Registered: May 23, 2009 Location: sunny california Posts: 9005
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
This has such an amazing 3d look, Susie. The red, black, and gold are stunning. DH looked over my shoulder and thought you had used actual black feathers. Grace looks a little sexier in this color combo with a "throw caution to the wind attitude" . I am saving up my money in case you ever publish your notebook...I will be first in line to buy it.
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Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 8:50 PM
This is fascinating to read, and eye-candy for viewing, Susie! I'm not sure I own a single product you mentioned, even though I really have way TOO much stuff! LOL Love the way the background worked so well!