Monday, 29 April 2013

Mixed Media Canvas: Awaken

Hi everyone!
Oh how I love Saturdays! Today I spent most of the day creating this mixed media canvas entitled "Awaken" and I had a lot of fun while doing it.

I started off by applying gesso to my canvas followed by torn old book pages and scrapbooking paper - I used some sheets from the Mariposa stack by DCWV.
I then painted over it using acrylic paints, stamped using various background stamps with Staz On ink and I also stamped with some home made stamps.

I also used some rub-ons and product called Sticky Motifs which I bought in a discount shop called "Mr. Price" while I was visiting home during the summer so for my non-Irish readers I apologise but I couldn't even begin to tell you the name of the company that makes them or where you could go about getting them (besides Mr.Price that is) but no doubt there are similar products out there.  I loved these things though! They basically work the same as a rub-on but in an adhesive form so they can then be covered in stuff like glitter, craft foil, tissue etc.  I used gold craft foil with the Sticky Motifs in this project.

To finish I added some butterflies which I double clear embossed and the lettering which I positioned on the left hand side of the canvas.

How did you spent your day?  Leave me a comment and let me know!
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day whatever you are up to.
Have a happy & creative Easter :)


Mixed Media Canvas: Three

My latest project is this mixed media canvas entitled "Three"


I created this piece by adhering knick-knack, scraps and random findings to the canvas using a variety of glues (mainly hot glue), coating it several times in gesso and then painting it with acrylic paints. 

I used material that I already had in my stash and other objects that I found around the house, I did not purchase any materials especially to make this project and my inspiration came from making something out of nothing, creating something beautiful from what you have to work with, making the best of a "bad" situation as it were. 

The whole process took about 3-4 hours to complete from start to finish. The finished result is heavy, gritty to the touch and extremely textured.  It certainly is a feast for the eyes! It is easy to get lost in this piece searching for something you haven't seen before.  I did not gloss this piece as I liked its matt and grit effect. I did however buff some of the raised edges with a metallic brown acrylic paint using my finger to make them pop a little.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Ciara x

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