Thursday, January 1, 2015

Mixed Media Monthly #8 - New to You

Happy New Year!! I'm so excited you're spending your new year with us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! Do you have any crafty goals for 2015? I'd love to hear about your goals if you have some! Our new challenge for January 1, 2015 is to use something NEW to YOU for the new year! This could mean trying a new technique, using a new product, or just trying something different to you.

For my new technique I tried stamping on white tissue paper and then melting that image into a very textured canvas.

I started with a canvas I created 6 months ago and just had laying around my studio. The white portion of the canvas is so filled with modeling paste, there would have been no way to stamp a clean image on top of it. Using tissue paper was a perfect solution for this canvas.

First I used a permanent black ink (ranger archival black) to stamp my image on tissue paper. I'm using this Suzi Blu "Spring Flower Chic" stamp from Unity Stamp Co.

I trimmed around the stamped image and then applied it to my canvas using Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium on both the bottom and top of the image. Then I used my heat tool to dry it.

Once my image was completely dry, I colored the girl using my Faber Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pens. The great thing about these pens is that it's India Ink that is permanent once it dries!

I grabbed a lot of old paper flowers and gave them a coat of gesso. Then I colored the flowers with a variety of Faber Castell Gelatos. I used my Gel Medium to adhere them to the corner of my canvas.

Finally, I cut the sentiment from some stickers and placed them throughout the canvas. The sentiment reads, "Hello world, thanks for welcoming me here."

I finished off the canvas by adding some Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the flowers and parts of the dress.

I'm so glad you stopped by to check out my new technique! I really loved how easy it was to use tissue paper on my canvas. I'm a little bummed I never tried it sooner!

Our sponsor this month is BUTTERFLY REFLECTIONS! They are offering a $25 gift certificate to our randomly picked winner for January! I love this online shop, I've even purchased from them before. They have super fast shipping, great prices, and lots of deals. You can also find the whole collection of Dina Wakely paints!

I can't wait to see what NEW TO YOU project you submit to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! You have until January 31st to enter!

Happy New Year!

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  1. Wow, that was an amazing idea! Maybe I will figure out mixed media now that I've found your site and the mixed media challenge group1

  2. This canvas is so adorable! I love all the techniques you shared. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your inspiration in the MMM gallery!

  3. Great canvas Rachel love that stamp and how you have used it

  4. I really like the dreamy feel of your composition. The textures you achieved are fabulous too. Blessings!