Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Jumping into Mixed Media!

Today I have something totally new from me to share!  I've been watching all of the Mixed Media posts around in Blog Land - as well as seeing all of the funky products being sold on line and in craft stores.  I've been interested and intrigued - and have picked up various things along the way in preparation for my jumping into this new art.

Then comes along my former WMS  DT buddy, and 'honored to call' my blogging friend, Mona Pendleton, posting a new Mixed Media Color challenge blog -  and I knew it was time to get out all the things I'd been gathering and try to create something. I have long admired Mona's artistic skills in this area and appreciate how she describes just what she has done on her creations - so that I thought - 'well, maybe I can give this a shot!"
It's quite a change from my usual CAS style cards -  and I think my first try here is still a little CAS in the amount of 'stuff' I put on it - as in 'not that much'....  but I think I'll get braver with each creation!

For this week's challenge - Mona and Sue asked us to use light pink, silver and black and to combine at least two types of mediums other than just an inked image.

Here are the layers in the order I put them on.  I stenciled some flowers in pink acrylic paint on the left side and just painted some pink brush strokes on the right side.  I stamped my sentiment in black ink on the bottom right corner.  I stenciled a mini burst using antique silver acrylic paint on the left side and mini chicken wire along the right side.  I added Magic Mesh to two corners.  Then I painted over the whole frame with Clear Rock Candy Ranger Distress Crackle Paint and went to eat supper (ie had to leave the room so it would dry - I'm not good with patience!!)  I wanted to tone down the shininess a bit - so I brushed on some white Picket Fence Crackle paint here and there.  And finally - I die cut some flowers and adhered them in the corner - adding more white crackle paint on their petals.

Here are close ups so you can hopefully see what I described above.

 I think you can just see the pink stenciled flowers on this pic below

And I used my cute as a bug grandniece, Mila, as the center of attraction for my frame.
I'm really pleased with my first attempt at Mixed Media -  thanks Mona and Sue for the push to get into something new!    So -  how about you trying it too??!!  If I can do it - you certainly can as well!  Each challenge runs for two weeks so you have plenty of time to make something and let it dry!! LOL!!  Check it out here.

Stamps:  Fiskars Precious Baby Quotes.
Paper:  Authentique Uncommon, Text Style Bitty Dot Basics - PTI
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Dienamics Flowers - MFT, Mini Burst Stencil and Mini Chicken Wire Stencil- Crafters Workshop, Wild Flowers Stencil - Claudine Helmuth Studio.  Ballet Slipper Pink and Antique Silver Glitter Acrylic Paints - Martha Stewart, Silver Magic Mesh, Silver sticky pearls - Michaels, Ranger Distress Crackel paint - Clear Rock Candy and Picket Fence, canvas frame - Michaels.


Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Julia! Your frame is gorgeous! I love all the layers and those beautiful flowers! Mila is such a sweetie! I am so glad that you joined along with us at A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

Mary Marsh said...

love this mixed media frame Julia-I think you did a fabulous job on your first attempt

Pat (mspfd) said...

Beautiful Julia! The textures and soft colors of the frame are perfect with the sweet photo of Mila. Phenomenal look!

Vicki Dutcher said...

What a fun use of multi media stamping -- she is such a total cutie pie!! Great soft color scheme you used too!

Stef H said...

what a gorgeous page!!! you definitely rocked the mixed media thingy!

hugs :)

Riet said...

So beautiful Julia.

Hugs Riet.xx

Sue Lelli said...

Julia, I NEVER would have known this was your first Mixed Media project! It is just GORGEOUS! LOVE all of your layers and that mesh is such a FAB detail. Like you, I often leave the room and come back later and play some more! THX for playing with us at A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

Ellen said...

Fantastic frame you created Julia! I haven't braved the mixed media world yet but you have mastered it your first try! A wow project for sure!

sue morris said...

This is just fabulous Julia! I just love Mixed Media. It's such an inexact science and yet creates beautiful results! Thank you for sharing the challenge site! I'm going to have to try this!

dpkennedy said...

I love your frame! The texture is great and I love the shimmery silver! Beautiful!

Dianne said...

Well I think you have done a fantastic job, the texture is beautiful, lovely soft colors, fabulous, and that sweet thing in the middle, I just want to pinch her cheeks, what a sweety fantastic job on your first mix media..