Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The August challenge starts today at Anything But Cute and Georgie, our hostess this month and is calling it Making Magic. She describes the challenge this way:
"Most of us are drawn to the magic of fairy tales and fantasy. The colours are often hypnotic and your mind is free to explore outside the limits of reality. For this challenge, I would like you to create a magical mixed media project strongly inspired by the moodboard. Be inspired by the theme, the colours, the textures or all three. Lets bring a little magic back!"
I decided to try to channel my inner Finnabair or at least to see if her inspiring talent could rub off on me just a little so I made this canvas in her style. She posted a canvas with a paint brush recently and I used that as my jumping off point but the rest of the layout is mine. You can click on the image to get a larger view.
I started with a 9" x 12" canvas from the dollar store and covered it with Liquitex Gesso. Next I added some texture with Golden Molding Paste through a stencil from TCW called Mini Hexagons and a few randomly placed pieces of mesh drywall tape. I also dabbed some of the paste on for more texture.
Next I raided my sewing stash and added some strips of denim and lace along with a long piece of cheesecloth from my kitchen supplies. The paint brush that I picked up for a dollar at Wal Mart came next and then I started to add all sorts of bits and pieces from my craft room and my husband's tool shelves - screws, gears, washers, metal medallion, buttons, flowers, beads mini clothes pin, can pull top, wooden shapes, electronic bits, etc. I used Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel Medium to attach everything and found once it was dry, it really kept everything in place.
Originally I had decided on a different way of doing the text but didn't like it and changed my mind after everything was done so in this case the letters, which were cut from wood on our new laser cutting machine were altered after the fact ( what a pain that was since they are tiny). Normally they would have been added along with all the other bits.
The next step was to give everything a couple coats of Gesso and then a coat of Leaf Green acrylic paint from Delta Ceramcoat. Once that was dry I went over it with some Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint.
The next step was to add lots of inks, sprays and more paints. I used Burnt Sienna Liquitex Ink, Antelope Brown and Silver Moss FW (Dalex Rowney) Ink. The sprays I used were Lindy's Glitz Spritz Blazing Sun and Lindy's Starburst Jack in the Pulpit Teal. I mixed some Lindy's Magicals My Mojito Green with water and used my natural sea sponge to dab it on as well as some Folk Art Peridot Metallic and Deco Art Champagne Gold acrylic paints.
Here are a couple of close-up views:
I had a blast making this and hope that I did Finnabair proud. I also hope that you will join us in Georgie's challenge and make something magical.
I am going to enter this project in the following challenges:
That Craft Place - Mixed Media Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
A Sprinkle of Imagination - Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes (must be mixed media or altered items)
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (must be mixed media or altered items)
Mixed Media Mojo - Anything Goes (must be mixed media or journaling)
Mixed Media World - Stencils
We Love 2 Create - Anything Mixed Media/Creative/Inky Goes