Sunday, August 2, 2015

August MMMC - GET TEXTY

I am a day late with my Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post; please forgive me! I have been in the long, boring, tiring, but exciting process of moving into our first home! And with new moves comes multiple days without internet connection :) So I write to you all from my newest Starbucks location.


For the month of August we're asking you to GET TEXTY with your mixed media projects. Be sure to link up to the MMMC gallery for a chance to win a $25 gift card from our wonderful sponsor: ELLEN HUDSON LLC!



My project incorporates a LOT of very very old alphabet chipboard pieces that I 'borrowed' from Lynn Kopas' stash. ;) 


The canvas is 8"x10" in size and filled from edge to edge with alphas. Here's a peek at the process...


Since the challenge is all about text, I started by adhering a layer of old book pages all over the canvas and let it dry.


Little by little, I started to adhere the chipboard alphas using matte medium. This process took some time but I love the final look of the canvas being 100% covered.


The next step is to cover everything with gesso. I was careful to get into all of the nooks of the letters. I let the gesso dry completely and then added another gesso layer to be sure everything was coated.


Now comes the fun part! Spray spray spray your heart away! This is the part where I always get so carried away that I forget to take process photos. The canvas went through a lot of different color schemes before I was happy.


I finished the canvas with some word thickers by American Crafts. I also gesso'd these and then painted them gold. Once they were adhered to the canvas, I added a thick layer of Glossy Accents for some extra sheen.





Thanks for joining in with me and checking out my TEXTY project! I can't wait to see what you all create with this fun theme for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge :)






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37 comments:

  1. WOW! I can't believe how incredibly textural and amazing this is. That background had to take forever to put all those chippies on that canvas. I adore this!

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  2. I love the text-ural background, fabulous job!

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  3. Great text background, I could use this for some of my projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. The texture from the letters and numbers is amazing. I'm going to have to give this a try. How did you get the bubble effect to the layout? Great job.

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  5. Love your ideal looks great

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  6. Hmmmm - I would love to try this Rachel. I have a huge drawer full of wooden alphas!!! Heheheh - I bet it did take awhile to glue all those down!! Love that you did it on canvas though. I can think of lots of places where it would be perfect on the wall - even an eye doctor would love it!!! Your colors are so fun - in the close-ups you can see all the texture of the blended colors - love that. I bet it's really pretty in person. Thanks bunches for the super inspiration. j.

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  7. Hmmmm - I would love to try this Rachel. I have a huge drawer full of wooden alphas!!! Heheheh - I bet it did take awhile to glue all those down!! Love that you did it on canvas though. I can think of lots of places where it would be perfect on the wall - even an eye doctor would love it!!! Your colors are so fun - in the close-ups you can see all the texture of the blended colors - love that. I bet it's really pretty in person. Thanks bunches for the super inspiration. j.

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  8. Brilliant definitely worth the time taken and very inspirational

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  9. Gorgeous, I am assuming the little circles are the Pretty Pink Posh Seed beads, how did you adhere them?

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  10. Brilliant ideas re the numbers and I love the colours used too
    Hugs
    Donna xx

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  11. Oh wow what a dimensional and cool project!

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  12. OMG I LOVE this!!!!!

    WOW this is amazing!!!!!

    Love this!!!! I am not sure if you are interested in Christmas cards... I have a card up on a challenge that I am really trying to have Mixed Media artist play along with!!!!
    http://musechristmasvisions.blogspot.ca/2015/08/muse-christmasvisions-14.html

    I also have a Chance to win a free stamp set until 8/11/15 Here: http://wienerhoneymooners.blogspot.com/2015/08/essentials-by-ellen-2015-holiday-release.html

    Love your work!
    -Kimberly Wiener

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  13. Great idea and a fanstastic background with 3D effect!!

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  14. You are so lucky to have a Starbucks nearby to post from....best of luck getting all settled in the new place. I really love all the texty steps you took for this project. The pictures are gorgeous and I loved seeing the process unfold.
    hugs,
    Lisa

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  15. Fabulous project! With a great background. Love it!

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  16. love it, it is very nice, i would like to make something like that!!!

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  17. Congratulations on your new home.
    Your project looks amazing... I also saw Lynn's project and I will definitely be trying this technique!

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  18. HOW FUN is that lettered background - what a long time that must have taken you but it looks SO cool!

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  19. project amazing ! Congratulations <3

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  20. Love the colours and the pop of the gold - its fabulous! Cxx

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  21. I love the texture the letters made! Absolutely amazing!

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  22. wow wow wow, whatever else can be said. LOVE how you've used the alphas, and adore the colours you've used

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  23. Wow, I love the effect you got by covering the canvas with leftover alphas. I also love the little pearly bubbles - wonder how you made those? Are they seed beads or microbeads or some pearly medium or....?

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  24. This is such a beautiful piece of art. I love how you shared your process. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  25. I love seeing your process! It's gorgeous!

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  26. What a beautiful project you have here Rachel! I got some ideas on how you made it. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Wow - I love that amazing Alphas texture, and the shimmery colours are fab.
    Alison x

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  28. amaizing work, I love it so much

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  29. Lovely textual background. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Your project is so fabulous Rachel. Thank you for sharing :) Hugs xx

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  31. What a fantastic way to use those alpha letters . They give a great 3d effect and those seed beads are a wonderful touch . a really lovley cnavas x

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  32. This is gorgeous! I love the colors!!!
    Lilian
    The Leaf Studio

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  33. WOWZERS! Beautiful, I love the added areas of seed beads too!

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  34. I'm so doing this! I have mounds of chipboard letters and now I know what to do with them. Thank you for the inspiration!

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