Monday, February 23, 2015

Mixed Media Place.....Creative Gym No.5

Time to get creative with Mixed Media Place again........the challenge this time is to work on a black background using all the colours of the rainbow. Simple, yes ? Well, for me, I didn't find it that simple. I wanted to add colour using media like mists, inks, and paints, but found that black swallows up colour ; and unless the colour is thick and opaque or has a white ground under it or mixed in with it, the colour won't show up. Of course you could use lots of coloured papers, flowers and embellishments on top of your black background, a more straight forward option.

I have ended up using a mixture of white and gold embossing, coloured sequins and threads and distress stains mixed into Finnabair's art basics Modeling Paste.

My background is a piece of chipboard gessoed with art basics Heavy Black Gesso. Onto this I splattered several colours of Distress Stains, which disappeared almost instantly into the back, I could see where it was wet but not what colour it was. Before the Distress Stains dried completely I pulled Modeling Paste through a Prima Elementals "Harlequin" Stencil and the paste picked up the colours beautifully.

Thanks for visiting, have a creative week and hope you can play along with this Black + Colours challenge. All the details are HERE at Mixed Media Place .

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

paperDVIZHNIK...............Challenge No.58 "LEGS"

I love Instagram. Along with Instagram came "selfies" and as well as selfies, a million photos of "feet" in a million different locations ! 
Here's a chance to create with your feet, legs, shoes, tracks, or footprint photos. Play along with our 'LEGS' challenge this month.
Find all the details HERE at paperDVIZHNIK.
Living in Australia we're often without best it's thongs and sandals, so having prettily coloured, pedicured toe nails is a must. My daughter and I go together, have them done at the same time and have a good old girly catch up.

I started with some washi tape, a pretty stencil and then went a little crazy with Finnabair's art basics Modeling Paste.....this would be my favourite product at the moment. I love it's smoothness ( not gritty like some ), love how easily it spreads, love how quickly it dries and love how it soaks up colour.

Thanks for visiting, have a creative week.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Mixed Media Place.........Tags

Hello ! February already ! What is it with getting older and time going faster ? I don't get it but I know I don't like it !   (haha, 3 exclamations and a question in the opening sentence, probably not a good way to start ).
My turn at Mixed Media Place today.
Do you recall our current Creative Gym Challenge, "Intuitive Painting" ? We would love for you to play along, and you can find the details HERE.
Any way, I made some tags for this challenge. Very quickly, without thought or planning, just applied paint, using 3 very different techniques and just let it "happen".
Here's the result.
I love how they turned out, and I guess this is more by "random accident" than "intuitive", with the paint pretty much doing it's own thing. But, for me, it was still an exercise in "letting go".
These little rectangles of colour sat on my desk, for a week or so, until I could leave them naked no longer ! The control freak in me took over. I had to fuss over them and dress them up.

When you have some Finnabair art basics Gel Medium, Modelling Paste, and Texture Paste, Stencils, Mechanicals, Resist Canvas, Glitter and Glass Beads, along with 7 Dots Studio Stamps and Stickers, also sitting on your desk, it's very easy to play "dress ups"
All I've added are fibres, string, cotton, fabric, washi tape and wire. Some flowers, tissue images and a few bits of ephemera.
Finnabair Mechanicals, Glass Beads and Glass Glitter
Finnabair Sun Rise Sun Set Stencil with art basics Modelling Paste and 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk Stamp
Finnabair Checkered Stencil used with art extravagance Texture Paste in Copper Crackle and Finnabair Mechanicals
A complete list of materials can be found HERE at Mixed Media Place blog and can be bought from HERE at the Mixed Media Place Store.

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you have a great week, and whether you work intuitively or with precise planning and intent, may it bring you joy and happiness.
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