Friday, January 31, 2014

Mixed Media Background

My design today features several different ways to add color and dimension to your art work.

  To make the background, I started with adding pieces of masking tape to Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock. Next I used a low temp glue gun to add some swirls.  I used a paintbrush to add a coat of gesso over it.

For the first layer of color, I scribbled color with Gelatos. .

I started spreading color with a wet paintbrush, but then switched to my finger. I liked that much better. I found I had more control for blending. 

After it dried, I sprayed some Fireworks! colors, Pear Tart, Grape Jelly and Danube Blue. I sprayed one at a time at one end of the cardstock and then tilted it around to allow the color to drip and blend. When needed, I spritzed a small amount of water to help the color move.  I really dig the texture of the gesso underneath the color and the shimmer of the spray inks!

Next, I used a variety of techniques to incorporate gold into the design. I used a pointed cotton tip and metallic alcohol ink to add gold highlight to the raised areas. I stamped Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy EZMount Stamp Set - Ageing Beautifully images with Delicata Golden Glitz Ink Pad

The focal image is from Sheena A6 EZMount™ Xmas Stamps - Welcome Home stamped onto  Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock with Delicata Golden Glitz Ink Pad.  To glue the image on the textured background, I used Collall's Tacky-Glue.

On the inside, I lightly stamped the heart image several times and adhered a strip of the background design.

Shout Out: This design was inspired by a video Patti Parrish did. I just love watching her create. She's so talented, so fun, and so real!

Crafter's Companion has had several new releases. For more ideas, be sure to pop over to the Crafter's Companion Information Blog, as well as visit the Crafter's Companion DT members.  You can see their latest designs by clicking on the names on the left side of my blog.

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Take care and STAY POSITIVE!


Sandy said...

I love all the texture. Beautiful!

Marge said...

Very cool technique Trena!!