Lately, I have been wanting to try something different, and experiment with different textures and mediums in my work. I have often looked at Lucy's works and Jill's mixed media works and admired them for their uniqueness, texture and arty quality. So I took a trip down to my local art shop and invested in some Gesso, Soft Gel Medium, professional paintbrushes and a canvas.
I used the new Claudine Hellmuth paints, yep the one's that are $12.90 a pot,( a very small pot!!!), and I have to say I loved working with them. I had a small heart attack when I first saw the size of them, but I painted the whole canvas with the paint that had attached itself onto the lid. I never even dipped my paintbrush into the pot !!!! They are highly pigmented so they go a long way, especially if you are aiming for this kind of watercolor effect, adding water to spread the paint evenly.
I then hopped over to Etsy to view some of the amazing collages, created by ridiculously talented artists and purchased some that appeals to me to play with. Unlike a scrap layout, I was a novice and had no idea of where I was headed terrified of ruining a $15.00 canvas with paint effects that I didn't like. With scrapbooking you can place your paper and embellishments down, having the freedom to perfect the design before you adhere it to the base. With a mixed media canvas its so totally different. You have no idea how the painting is going to turn out, so its really going in blind !!!! I found its just a matter of repetition, painting, watering down the paint, drying it off and adding more paint to please your own critique.
Now, I would love to say that I was a natural artist and the process of mixed media was a given, but I was actually totally clueless as to where to start. (believe me I spent ages looking for some type of tutorial on the web). The lovely Lucy offered the following suggestions which have since been modified to suit my creation. I just wanted to share this very quick tutorial with anybody who wants to try a different genre, but just needs a little light to show the way.
Coat the canvas in gesso. Alot of canvases come already pre-primed, but if they don't, gesso is a fantastic medium for priming your base ready to paint on.
Play with paint. Remember if you don't like the appearance of it you can water it down, add more color or play with extra black or white paint to lighten or darken its appearance. Warning. This is highly addictive. Highly. You will love the feel of the canvas bending to your paintbrush and moving with the paint.
Mod Podge your collage words or images where you want. You can add paint over the words or images and add different textures like sand, beading or masking tape - well anything goes. The collage elements were cut out and adhered with Mod Podge. Now that is a wonder product. It can act as a adherent or a sealant. Gotta love that. The thin netting, scrim, sequins and other textures were all again applied with Mod Podge. The brilliant thing is that it doesn't take long to dry. I found a quick blast with the heat embossing tool quickly dried anything I had just stuck to the canvas.
Once your have mucked around with the base and love the way it looks, just work out where you want your photo. With "Pure" I picked the photo to suit the colors. Alot of scrapbookers pick their palettes from the photograph. You can do it either way.
Frame your photo. Textures are fantastic for framing your image. They are so lush and add a dimensional feel to your canvas. You can see all the guff I added to mine. I'm loving the Prima Velvet Flowers lately, they are so decadent !!!
Basic Rule: Layer Layer Layer. You can never have enough layers. "Pure" has about 8 layers. This is NOTHING compared to some of the uber-creations I have seen out there in the big wide world !!!I was so pleased with the result and the actual process is so much fun. Its easy to get carried away pasting and creating, and adding more color. Here is the final result.
Have a REALLY blessed week full of laughter and joy.