Mixed media! I love it! It’s so fun to get messy and just get into that paint and see where the creative journey takes you. One thing I always find about mixed media is where you end up is very different from your original plan. Sometimes I don’t even HAVE a plan! Have you ever just started putting paint and ink and stencils on paper or canvas and just letting go? There’s something very therapeutic about a beautiful mess.
This month I’m excited to be guest designing for The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog. It’s a fairly new challenge blog that you’ll want to check out. Each month there’s an inspirational challenge that varies from tools and products to techniques to color inspiration. For the month of September the inspiration is the latter and you can find the color inspiration photo on the web-site. I was thrilled with it as the colors just seemed to be made for my style. Pretty dreamy in my opinion and so I created an 8″ square dream canvas. Each month has sponsors and this month Ellen Hutson LLC is sponsoring the challenge. If you’ve never stopped by Ellen’s store it’s a veritable treasure trove of stunning product for mixed media!
Mixed media is all about layering different products together to make something unique and fabulous. I’ve combined chipboard, ink, paints and glass glitter to create this beautiful sentiment. One thing I’ve discovered about mixed media is that the more layers and depth of color and product, the more interesting the design is. Mixed media is very difficult to copy exactly. Each project will turn out differently.
Mixed media is quite difficult to define as it can be almost anything. Using a couple different mediums to create in is the definition and as I usually create with more than one, you could loosely define a lot of my work as mixed media. Many of the products are exactly the same. I prefer to define the more paper crafting designs as freestyle and reserve mixed media for really messy and more painterly projects such as this canvas.
I’ll share a little peek into how I created this canvas. Please excuse the photography as my studio doesn’t have the best lighting for shooting step outs. The color correction may be a little off.
To start off with I just started painting my canvas. I used Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints in Sky, Blank Canvas and Teal. You can mix the colors on a palette but I prefer to get lovely streaks of color by just mixing it all together on my canvas. I’m pretty impatient to see how the project turns out so a lot of the time I just work wet in wet without allowing the layers to dry.
I love adding in texture to my canvas. Using tissue paper is a great way to do this by tearing off pieces, crumpling it up and adhering it to the painted surface using a Multi-Medium. At this point I did have to break down and hit the canvas with my heat gun to dry things up a little. To be honest, I did try layering a stencil onto the wet paint but it really embedded itself into the canvas and didn’t work well. I used the Prima Dot Grid Poppies & Peonies Mask to add in the white circles with the Blank Canvas paint. As you can see…things get really messy when I work. I like to protect my desk with the Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet. I kid you not…it’s worth its weight in gold and makes clean up a breeze. All that paint will just peel off once dry.
You’ll see I’ve done a few steps to get to this next photo. I’ve added in paint daubs, layers and layers of them. Some of it’s even smeared on with my finger. I’ve also painted the chipboard sentiment and adhered that, done some stamping randomly over the canvas and adhere the sweet little wood journaling accents. The flowers at the top haven’t been adhered. They are waiting for the paint to dry so that I can adhere them at the bottom of the design.
Glass glitter is a gorgeous accent in any project and I especially love it to accent this mixed media title. After covering the chipboard letters with generous amounts of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint, I poured out a large amount of clear class glitter and then waited for the project to dry. Once completely dry it’s easy to remove the excess glitter and place it back in the container.
To finish off my design, I painted the sides of the canvas black, smeared in more hits of color over may canvas and added a more vintage look by sponging on Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Vintage buttons and some paper crafting embellishments complete the look.
If you have any questions about mixed media or my project, I’d be happy to help you out! Thanks for joining me today. I hope I’ve inspired you to give mixed media a whirl!