My niece gets really excited when she gets to be my little helper...*winks*
I like to remove the packaging from my embellishments and put them in clear containers for easy viewing. My niece would happily help by separating them by colours and types...while telling me how pretty each embellishment is. :)
It's nice to have a little helper who appreciates my taste in embellishments...*LOL*
I haven't made a card in ages so I got to work last night on my first mixed media skinny card. Okay, I wanted to make a tag at first but added it to a kraft card base when it was done. *winks*
The cardboard was from packaging. I tore off portions of it to expose the corrugated portion..then a coat of gesso and play time with Liquitex white opaque flakes, The Crafter's Workshop stencil and Faber Castell gelatos.
Even though I dabble in a variety of projects, my first love is altered art. There's something magical about taking an ordinary item and giving it a "makeover". Check out my cute little "scene" on a canvas! :)
Text-message conversation with my mother two Fridays ago...
"Can you make an art piece for my colleague's house-warming lunch party on Sunday?"
"Huh? So last-minute? Dunno if I can finish in time. What size? Colour? Theme?"
"Just like the one you taught in class last week. I will get the photo for you."
"What? I don't repeat designs. And that took many many hours over a week...Oh well, I need a good quality photo."
Photo was finally emailed to me late Saturday afternoon....
Now, what do you do when you are crunched for time? You cheat, right? [I really mean, take a shortcut..really...*winks*]
So I distressed a 12x12 patterned paper and adhered to the base of a 12x12 canvas with matte gel. Then I painted the paper with a coat of clear gesso. Afterwhich, I lightened some areas of the paper with watered-down gesso.
After stamping [random text] the edges to add depth and map out my "visual triangle", I adhered mesh tape and applied Liquitex Sand Resin medium and Liquitex Blended Fibers mediums with The Crafter's Workshop stencils. When that dried, I added my first layer of colours with Faber Castell Gelatos.
You can see that the Liquitex Blended Fibers medium gives a very subtle texture [the random arcs] while the Liquitex Resin Sand medium [the area near the mesh tape] gives a more grainy texture. The glittered bits on the top right corner are mica flakes.
Then comes the fun and most time-consuming part...embellishing. I started embellishing this canvas on Saturday night...until I couldn't keep my eyes open [which was like 10pm...yeah, late nights are not my thing...*LOL*]...
Then I woke up at 5am to continue embellishing [okay, I woke up to watch South Park on cable...they show it at odd hours... *winks*]. And finally finished the canvas at 11.30am, took some photos and sent it off with my mother [okay, so I took time out to eat breakfast, worked out, did my laundry, vacuumed the floor before I completed the canvas...hey nothing like last-minute finishing touches, right? *LOL*].
There you have it....the story of my last-minute mixed media canvas. What do you think?
Okay, the title is a little misleading. It should be.."How to devour a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Krispy Kreme donut...the Yam boys way". *LOL*
Here was the obligatory photo I got from the nephews for the sweet treat they were about to devour...*winks*
I'm not much of a donut person but these were so cute...
Nephew #3 chomped off the left side of the head, along with an eye with his first bite, giggling all the way.
Nephew #2 ate the back of the head, leaving the face intact.
Nephew #1 took small bites while laughing at his brothers.
Meet the lazy person's [aka me] mixed media canvas....*LOL* Sometimes when I don't really want to work on an entire background on my canvas, I just use a sheet of patterned paper. :)
The colours on this patterned paper were pretty muted so after a layer of clear gesso [gesso provides the tooth for colorants to stay on the substrate], I added a tea stain wash [yes, I was enjoying a cup of tea!] and then intensified the colours on the patterned paper with Faber Castell Gelatos.
I added some stamping on the edges to create some depth, then embellished with mica flakes, bloom, leaves and bling. The chipboard bird was covered with Liquitex sand resin, coloured with Gelatos and finished with a sprinkling of mica flakes. The "adventure" sticker is from 7 Dots Studio.