Mixed Media is way out of my comfort zone but I decided to give this a try anyhow . . . therefore I really didn't have a cohesive plan going into this but hoped it would somehow evolve as I progressed.
I covered my watercolor paper with gesso and waited for it to dry then stamped netting and peacock feathers over the whole thing with Olympia Green. My lightest color acrylic paint is Petunia Purple which I quickly realized would be too dark so mixed it half & half with white to lighten it and brushed over my panel. While that was drying I went looking for my Metallic rub-ons.
Now, I like living in the desert southwest BUT no matter how well you think something is sealed it ALL dries out here. Out of 20 pots of metallic rub-ons only ONE was a little bit pliable. Luckily that was the rosewood which I think goes pretty well with the now dry acrylic paint.
By now I had decided to use the Unity sentiment about stars and dragonflies so thought it would be fun to add stenciled stars (I don't have a star stencil but had read it was easy to make your own with a die and acrylic sheet. Cut a starry bg from an acrylic sheet and set about stenciling chiffon stars on my project . . . .Ugh - I think my acrylic sheet wasn't heavy enough and I got alot of stencil paste bleed under my stencil. As it dried it gave a crackled effect around the stars so decided to forge on with what I had. Stamped both my sentiment and the dragonfly with more Olympia green - THANK YOU, Sabrina for the warning that all inks would stay wet if stamped on Acrylic paint because sure enough, I could see the Versafine INSTANT Dry ink sitting in a wet pool after stamping my images so embossed with Clear matte powder. Finished by edging my panel with Crystal stickles for a bit more sparkle & shine then mounted on the white card base.
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 116243
Mon, Dec 07, 2020 @ 10:22 AM
I like the distressed lol of your stars, even if it wasn't what you were hoping for. Interestingly, I've had similar issues with a bought star stencil, maybe it's just that it's harder to get that shape filled. With paint you can stipple, not so much with paste. I really like it, I think you should try it again . And I'm glad the tip on embossing the top stamping helped!
Registered: February 22, 2012 Location: Cape Cod Posts: 40833
Mon, Dec 07, 2020 @ 4:22 PM
What a beautiful color! Your story is so much like mine, right down to the jars of dried out mediums (mine were pastes). I also had no plan, but I think a plan is impossible for this type of art. I luv your finished card - the gold is especially pretty.
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Registered: May 25, 2006 Location: So. Oregon Posts: 110989
Tue, Dec 08, 2020 @ 5:57 PM
I did not have a plan what so ever and I really struggled with trying to get the inks & images I chose to play nice together so, I painted over the whole thing twice lol. I just love your colors here Linda, this in no way looks like it challenged you to create it is so pretty
Registered: September 8, 2007 Location: nova scotia - Canada's ocean playground Posts: 6758
Wed, Dec 09, 2020 @ 2:30 PM
a few learning curves but what an amazing result! i find that cutting stencils out of cereal boxes gives me a better depth rather than plastic sheets. i had to laugh when i read that you live in the desert and everything dries out - i live by the ocean and nothing dries out lol. i luv seeing what you make - you are incredibly creative
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