Monday, August 26, 2013

It Takes Courage


I'm finding it takes courage to do Mixed Media!!!  After throwing my first attempt into the trashbin (!)  here is my project for Mona & Sue's Mixed Media Color Challenge #6.  I'm still struggling to find out how I 'do' mixed media - what it is I feel comfortable with, how much to put on, what variety of mediums I use. etc, etc.
For this week's project - I used a small 6"x8" flat canvas.  I painted over it with two shades of pink acrylic paint.  Then I added a strip of Tim Holtz Terminology Tissue - adhereing it with Mat Mod Podge.  I printed a photo I took in my garden last year in monochromatic color -  my printer program didn't have a good pink to go with my paints so then I was trying to get grey but this is the closest I could get.  
 
 I stamped the sentiment "It takes Courage to become who we really want to be" from Rubbernecker directly onto the photo using Archival Jet Black ink.  I adhered that to the canvas with Mod Podge as well.  Then I used the Concentric Circles Stencil from MFT with Studio 490 White Embossing Paste.   

When the embossing paste had dried - I adhered the Tim Holtz die cut fence cut from Grunge Board using Glue N Seal from Ranger.  The flowers and leaves are wooden pieces from Michaels that I colored with a gray Copic. I brushed over the fence and flowers with Glitter Glaze from MFT - I think you can see it in the photo above.
and finally I added some enamel dots to the flowers and centers of the circles.

I'm happy with my final project today -  I think I learned a little bit more of what is pleasing to my eye for design etc.  

Oh- and the project I threw out?  Here's a pic -  it was a 9 x 12 framed canvas - that had so much spread out all over it - it looked sort of like I just threw stuff on (which I guess I did!)   It definitely didn't turn out to be 'My Happy Place'!! (please - don't even say anything !!! LOL!!)
I'm much happier with my second attempt:  I guess I like order - or at least organized chaos!!??! or maybe I need to let loose a little??!
 I'm also putting this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Get Dotty.


Stamps:  Rubbernecker
Paper:  Grunge Board, glossy photo, Tim Holtz Terminology Tissue Paper, Grunge Board - Tim Holtz.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black - Ranger
Accessories:  Enamel Dots - My Minds Eye, wooden flowers and leaf - Michaels, Copic T6, GlitterGlaze Sheer Sparkle - MFT, Glue N Seal - Ranger, Studio 490 White Embossing Paste, Mat Mod Podge, Acrylic Paint Love Bird and Ballet Slipper - Martha Stewart., 6"x8" flat canvas panel - Michaels.

17 comments:

Mona Pendleton said...

Oh wow Julia! What STUNNING projects! I love how you created a project featuring that beautiful photo of the butterfly! You threw the other project out??? Seriously? It is beautiful! I love all the texture and pretty blossom! You better go dumpster diving for that one! Thanks so much for joining along with A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

Elo Bibie said...

I love your creation and quote you chose to illustrate it ... so true!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

Very fun cards and congratulations you made them so pretty for your first mixed media attempt< Great!. thanks for sharing
bibiana

Vicki Dutcher said...

I so want some embossing paste -- what an awesome effect -- the added photo is very cool too.

Now - GF the one you threw out -- EKK - it has HUGE potential! Add in layers of stamps, washi, more random letters -- oh please please save it :) -- I bet you can so mkae it awesome -- I know your talent....

Laurel said...

These are gorgeous!

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Julia! I just had to pop back to your blog this week and see what else you've created. Your art is absolutely beautiful, and I would LOVE to have you link up more of your art with us. You are allowed to link up more than just your scripture cards with us (we enjoy seeing it all!!). I hope you will share again because your creations are so clever and unique. Have a blessed week!
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

*Vicki* said...

Oh wow!! This truly amazing Julia!! I love love love how you've put this together!! :) HUGS

Jill Norwood said...

Julia what a gorgeous photo from your garden so beautifully showcased! I love the sentiment you chose too! Wonderful texture and colors and a gorgeous finished piece!

I can identify with the mixed media "struggle" but I too think you should rescue your first attempt! :) I think it is lovely!

Annette Allen said...

wow wee this is STUNNING..

Nancy said...

I am in total agreement with Vicki!!!! You are uber talented and I like them both! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration! I love to dabble in Mixed Media...although I still have so much to learn!

Sue Lelli said...

Julia, LOVE the butterfly photo and your concentric circles overlapping on the photo! The enamel dots in the centers are FAB! PRETTY project! THX for playing with us at A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

Dianne said...

Well my dear Julia you have done brilliantly on you MM, its gorgeous, you just paly with what ever strikes ya and keep adding till you like it, it's finished when YOUR happy with it, just like you did here, designer worthy. The thing I like about MM is if I add some thing , I don't like it, do something else on top, this adds great texture, I knew you would be great at it. Your second card is fabulous,organized choas is great, it will put your own spin on it. Hope you have some more fun mixing it up. Thanks for sharing..

MichelleZ said...

I think both of your projects are pretty fabulous. I love that embossing paste! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! ~Michelle

M@rjan said...

Lovely, lovely!! The butterfly is beautiful, but your creation with only emphasizes that!
I agree with Mona by the way :) You are too hard on yourself!

And thanks so much for the nice comment on my blog, Julia.

Angie said...

Very pretty! You made me smile! I agree with Mona, you need to get that other canvas! Both are lovely! So many fun things to look at on BOTH projects!I actually covered up my first try with a second pink panel!

mollymoo951 said...

I like both of them. They made me smile; I enjoyed looking @ them very much. Very nice!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Congrats on your win over at Mixed Media! Well done~