Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Blank Canvas, August Edition...

Hello and Happy Tuesday! 

Tina here today with 'A Blank Canvas', my new monthly series.  Each month, I will share with you how I create a mixed media layout, starting with only naked sheet of raw chipboard.  By adding Kit supplies and product from my own stash, I will take the ordinary and turn it into something unique and special.  I hope you join me each month as I travel this journey of creation and exploration!

Before we get to the step-by-step, let's take a peek at my mixed media layout created for August.

Products used from the August kit include:  Luminarte Decor Glitter Paste, ARTchix Wooden window frames, ARTchix Ephemera sheet, and ARTchix wooden anchor.  I also used ARTchix microfiche strip, available in the Frog Dog Studio shop.

In addition, I used Chipboard, Luminarte Silks, Gesso, circle stencil, alpha stickers, tissue paper, and matte medium from my stash.

Ready for the step-by-step?  Here we go!

Step One:
Cover chipboard with a thin layer of gesso.  I prefer white chipboard (which is also available in the Frog Dog Studio shoppe)

Step Two:
Gather Glitter Paste, Luminarte Silks, stencil, brush, and palette knife. Apply Solar Gold Silk to stencil with brush.

Step Three:
Apply Glitter Paste to stencil (on the same side as the brushed on silks)

Step Four:
Apply Guatemalan Green Silk around outside of Glitter Paste section.

Step Five:
Gather Matte Medium and tissue paper.  Apply tissue paper to center of page.

Step Six:
Apply more Silks and Gesso around page, either with brush or fingertips.  Spreading and mixing as desired.  Using same stencil, apply more Glitter Paste to page.  The Glitter Paste will 'pull' the Silk color up and create some awesome effects!  I seriously love this effect with Glitter Paste.

Step Seven:
Prepare Mini Wood Window Frames by applying Solar Gold Silks to 2 of them, and ephemera to a third.

Step Eight:
Adhere Mini Wood Window Frames to page and add any additional Silks, Gesso or Glitter Paste as desired.  The trick is to build layers of color and texture.  It may appear as if you are covering up your previous layers, but you are building interest, individuality, and creating a work of art!
I also added several small circle accents (y'all know how much I love circles) with the tip of a marker and Spiced Pumpkin Silk.

Step Nine:
Add strips of microfiche and title and your mixed media layout is finished.

I hope you enjoyed my first 'A Blank Canvas' feature!  Please try out these techniques and share your projects with us on our Facebook page!  We love to see what our members and friends have created!  We are always looking for Guest Designers, so you never know what may catch our eye!  ;)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great crafty day!

1 comment:

  1. Loooove this segment Blank Canvas!!! The silks and Glitter paste are awesome!!!