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Sort of mixed media!

First stage

First stage

Sheelagh came up with another challenge on Cardmaking Paradise for our house shaped books and it was to use mixed media and “junk” ; you know all those bits and pieces we collect and stuff into a box, drawer or container thinking it will come in handy one day?  For this first stage I used a piece of grey board and various stencils, for some of the stencils I use moulding paste (white) by Farrell and Gold, for other stencils I used Imagination Craft’s Sparkle Medium in Gunmetal – although it matters not what colour is used as it will be coated with gesso later on and other colours applied. It was the texture I wanted. Also added at this stage were some die cut corners that were languishing in a container and some lace.

Second stage

Second stage

A few more die cuts, buttons, embossed paper, bits of a paper doily and a paper rose.

Third stage

Third stage

Amazing what can be found when all those corners are checked out! A metal bee badge, more flowers and lace, shrink plastic birds, a metal charm, strips of pearl beads and a rather garish owl pendant. All these items were adhered with Collall general glue. Once everything was stuck in place and dried then out came the gesso and brushed over, this piece needed two coats (my gesso was rather thin) and all the nooks and crannies were covered in gesso.

Final stage

Final stage

The best bit! All the shimmery paints and sprays can be used! Dry between the different coats/layers. I only had one shimmery spray, a home made one in a jade colour with mica powder added, the rest of the colours were shimmery acrylic paints. I have had these paints for years and they are in small flip top containers with no name on them, wish I could remember where I bought them as some of the colours are running out!

This piece will be mounted on another piece of greyboard and then onto a larger piece of mountboard.

Thank you for looking xx

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Can you tell what is ……

 

…..yet? As Rolf Harris might have asked!

frame for sunflowers

frame for sunflowers

The frame has been given a coat of gesso, then a coat of green acrylic paint and when all was dry white acrylic paint was ‘streaked’ over with a sponge.

The sunflowers have undergone a change since the last post….

Hot glue flowers that have been gesso-ed

Hot glue flowers that have been gesso-ed

I couldn’t believe how many sticks of glue I needed for this, it was a marathon job! I used 14 sticks of glue in the hot glue gun to go over all the petals and central parts of the flowers. I had to do it in two sessions as my poor fingers did ache! Once all the glue had been added the whole board was painted liberally with gesso and set aside whilst I summon the courage to do the next steps!

flower close up with sig

 

I knew that cleaned tomato puree tube was going to come in handy one day! I haven’t got a flower die so I used an old medallion stamp to stamp a couple of images on the opened out tube. A tip here…if you decide to use soft metal tubes then open them out after removing the top and bottom, give them a good wash and dry and then flatten them in your die cutting machine.

For these decoration scissors easily cut out the images, one section of the image had been stamped onto handmade backing paper. The flourishes were cut from gold paper and silver mirri board. This decoration is now in place on the frame and looks quite nice!

Thanks for looking x

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Altered wooden words

I’m sure you have all seen those wooden words that seem to be everywhere; they usually come as a blank for anyone nifty with their hands to turn into a decorated masterpiece. Like many I have hankered after some of these words, I could see them painted, stamped upon and hanging on a wall so I was very pleased when our daughter ordered some from a wholesaler. There was a whole range of sizes from the small ones measuring around 12 inches long or less right up to the huge ones of nearly 24 inches long and around 15 inches tall.

We thought that crafters would love to get their hands on these but when they were on sale on our daughter’s stand many folk were stumped about what to do. Oh if the words were already decorated then these folk would buy them! So we set to decorate them; I had a 14 days and ten words to do something with and my mind went blank. I could think of ideas of what I would like but would the general public like the same thing??

The blank wood was in fact MDF (medium density fibreboard), usually this is very smooth and takes paint well but these shapes had been laser cut and I soon found that paint would not flow onto the surface easily or smoothly. The heat created by laser cutting had brought the resin to the surface causing a resist especially along the edges. All the pieces had to be sanded with fine sand paper, wiped down and a couple of coats of gesso then painted over all surfaces. Using gesso was a learning curve in itself…it is a sticky medium that is not very opaque, it dries very quickly and it gives a ‘tooth’ to the surface which meant that when applying paint over the top the paint didn’t go on as smoothly as I expected. I was fast hating these wood shapes!

The first one I completed I decided to cover with stamped tissue to overcome the streaked look of the paint; this was one of the huge words!

Base coat of gesso with pink acrylic paint and then covered with stamped tissue

This one didn’t turn out so badly and soon found a new home plus I had an order for a different colourway for a girl’s bedroom…phew!

Not wishing to do the same for all the word shapes I had to come up with another idea and for the next two HOME words I decided to sponge paint on to avoid brush marks and streaks and do some stamping:

Acrylic paint sponged on and stamped using Stazon ink

Similar to above

These words would be considered to be in the mid range size – round 12 inches long by around 10 inches tall. The most fiddly bits to paint were the edges as these two words were approximately 1/4 inch thick and there were too many edges! On these I used the same shades of paint for the edges as were on the surfaces so I didn’t have to worry if my hand slipped 🙂

I abandoned doing any stamping on these two shapes although if they had been destined for my home I would have done some stamping on them but felt that perhaps the general public wouldn’t like it so went with a crackle theme. Diluted PVA was used to create the crackle effects and, again, the paint was sponged on for the base coat and brushed on top of the PVA glue.

Diluted PVA glue was used between the coats of paint to achieve the crackle effect.

I still have a humongous word shape to complete – DREAM – to date it has been sanded, a coat of gesso and white acrylic paint sponged on, to finish I am inclining towards inking it in shades of pink and then stamping fairies all over it…but I might change my mind!! The words for my own use are still languishing in their naked state and one day, perhaps, I will do something with them 🙂

Have you done anything with these word shapes? Would love to see, leave me a link in the comments section.

Thank you looking x

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