mixed media fun for national craft month

 

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I was born a “dabbler.”  I have always had an affinity for making things out of anything that I had lying around.

As a child I played with a bag of ribbons that my grandmother would save from unwrapped birthday and holiday gifts.  It was in one of the bedroom closets at her house in an open-ended plastic bag, the kind that needed a twist tie, but never had one because it was always overflowing and full.  I would grab my scissors (yes, even then), sit on the hardwood floor, and start curling.  I would slice and divide wide strips, making the thinnest curls I could, challenging myself to make tiny tight little curls of shiny goodness.  I would make strip after strip and then tape them all onto a piece of paper to create a piece of art.

Likewise, I would go through ream after ream of newsprint paper on my little easel, drawing, coloring, painting, and just loving life at my house.  I could go for hours, creating and adding color here and there.  I would also spend hours with my dad in his woodshop, cutting pieces of wood, nailing them together, and then coloring them with markers.  It didn’t matter what the medium – I made stuff.

I have since done sketch work (high school), made handmade wreaths and ornaments for Christmas presents (college), and have since graduated to being a true and official dabbler.  Not that it is a bad thing – I am proud of it.  It makes me who I am.  I have my passions – scrapbooking, party decorating, and simple home dec – but I am also pretty darn good at basic jewelry making, basic sewing, and now I am enamored with mixed media.  It takes all of those mediums I have dabbled in my whole life and dropped them into one unified art form.  My paper, my paints, canvas, and anything else I can imagine have all been gift wrapped into one amazing art form that has me playing until the wee hours of the morning.

With that in mind, I thought that the first big project for National Craft Month should reflect this love, so here is a small little canvas that I created using my One Little Word for 2013 – Happy.

It was messy and took a while, but it was so much fun.  Here is how I did it…

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To get started, I used my always-handy Collage Pauge and started applying pieces of an old dictionary to my canvas.  I covered the top and went around the edges.

While it was drying, I began working on one of the elements I would be adding at the end – a bird.

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To make the bird, I used three colors of Tim Holtz’s Distress Paints and clear Crackle Paint, as well as some Tim Holtz Grungeboard.  I started by adding a layer of blue paint to the Grungeboard, followed by a layer of green, and then the crackle.  I ran it through the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System (remember I work from them and please review FTC disclaimer on this site) using the bird dye and letterpress plates.  Once it was done, I went back in and added some shading with brown paint.

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Once the paper was dry, I added paint to the edges – a light cream color, followed by a darker brown, to add depth to the corners.  I then used a stencil and some bright paint colors to add circles to one corner of the canvas.

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Once the paint was dry, I grabbed a heat tool from Walnut Hollow and began melting and adding encaustic wax to that corner of the canvas.  It provided another layer of texture and a unique look as well.

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I printed out a quote that means a lot to me and really helps to define 2013 for me and cut it out.  I inked the edges and collage pauged them onto the canvas.

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Using hot glue and some burlap, I added my bird to the canvas.

Then I added all of the rest of the final touches…

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I added some paint to the words, outlined then in black marker, and then highlighted the  “-to be happy-” portion in a bright yellow.  I also doodled around the edges.

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I grabbed the paints I had been using and a small paint brush, adding droplets and tiny splatters of color to the canvas for a bit of final fun.

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And then this was the final result.

Nothing fancy, but a great way to play with all of the art supplies that I love and to make something to remind me to be happy in life – not just by the phrase, but as a constant reminder of the process I used to make it.

I loved the process and I am very satisfied with the result.

Happy National Craft Month!

 

Add color to your life – make art.

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mixed media fun for national craft month — 5 Comments

  1. Love.this.post. We are dabbling sisters! I love it all and then some. You have defined something that I have tried for years to describe to someone on the ‘outside’. Can’t wait to see what else you make to inspire all of us!

  2. Love the technique of painting the grungeboard and then running it through the fuse after it is dry! Cannot wait to try this.

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