Mixed media is an art form that I always love exploring. I don’t often get time for it but every time I do, I always enjoy the messy and layered process so much and think to myself…why don’t I do this more?!
A guest opportunity is always a great way to try out new things and also revisit fun ideas that you have rattling around in your creative brain. Recently I was asked to guest design for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog and I literally jumped at the chance to dive back into mixed media. I love challenge blogs and the Mixed Media challenge is one I’ve enjoyed before. This is the third time I’ve been honoured to guest design for them and it is always a joy. This opportunity allowed me to block off time on my calendar and make a “date” with myself. No more procrastination!
This mixed media wood slice design was inspired by this month’s Mixed Media Challenge Blog’s August challenge, as well as some beautiful stamps from Indigo Blu. IndigoBlu – Quintessentially English Rubber Stamps, are from the UK and are this months’ sponsor. I love the eclectic mix of beautiful art stamps which are perfect for mixed media. I’ve used this set here on my project. The mix of florals and sayings and butterflies is so stunning. While I stamped them over the entire gesso coating wood slice area, you can really see them highlighted along the left side of the design.
I’ve had fun mixing and matching some mixed media supplies on this project. Layers of Gesso and texture paste, stenciling, watercolor, gelatos and ink. Here’s a few of the products I’ve used on this creation. I love using lots and lots of layers of mixed media together as I find it really builds up the visual interest in a design.
Mixed Media Supplies:
Below you’ll find a peek into my design process…
- Coat front of wood slice with gesso. Allow to dry.
- Stamp butterfly, bee and floral images over gesso with Jet Black Archival Ink.
- Add texture paste over stencil. Removed stencil and allow to dry.
- Add color with gelatos. Add water to blend.
- Mist surface with Prima Gilded Color Bloom Spray Mist.
- Mix blue watercolor pigment with water and flick droplets with brush over surface.
- Adhere rub-ons if desired.
- Add layers of paper tickets, wood branch, flowers, leaves and other ephemera. Brush lightly with gesso to add an aged look.
To add dimension to the design, I love adding bits and pieces of items I have that are leftover from other projects, sitting on my desk, etc. There’s a lot of beautiful Maya Road flowers and leaves here…some recent and some older product. I love mixed media for using up bits and pieces.
Quick Tip: I keep a 12 space muffin tin full of lots of odds and ends near my work area. Not only does all the little bits and pieces look lovely together, I can find these random items easily. I hate throwing away beautiful product and with mixed media, you just never know when that little piece with be a hidden gem.
Here’s the inspiration photo for the challenge. I hope you’ll stop by and join us here! There’s a great gift certificate giveaway that you could win if you participate!
Do you like mixed media projects? They can look intimidating but try it out! Trust me it’s much easier than you think and I find them so fun and therapeutic to create!
Thanks so much for joining me today!