WOW! My last blog post was in September! I haven’t been sitting on my laurel’s, but seriously it is a travesty that I’ve so lapsed in my blogging. I’d bore you with the reasons why, but they are personal and again, you’d be bored. LOL. Just know that I’m trying to get back into the swing of things again, and I’m excited to show off what I’ve been making!
If you do any homework on my creations you’ll notice that most everything has been card crafting related. From September on I’ve been enjoying more and more mixed media! In fact, I’ve made very few cards in the last several months!
I like the freedom in Mixed Media. I like that there are no expectations of what a finished project looks like and that I can freely express my emotions.
This whole “connecting my art to an emotion” thing is something that I’ve always struggled with, but I think I’m beginning to understand it more now. I have been so much more depressed lately than I usually am, and I think this source of sadness is coming out in my creations. But it isn’t just sadness, that was just the gateway, I’ve also figured out how to bring joy to life in my creations as well!
The project I’m showcasing today was one that took several weeks to finish.
I had actually created the background weeks ago. It started with a Gelato rainbow that I created in my Dylusions mixed media book and covered with Golden Regular Gel Gloss to seal.
The next steps after this didn’t have photos taken. 🙁 However, I used a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil and their Tacky When Dry paste to adhere either copper or golden Nuvo metal flakes. I honestly can’t remember which color I used.
It was at this point that I felt like a total failure in Mixed Media. The result was RUBBISH! However, I remembered a line that Seth Aptar said at Creativation, “In Mixed Media, you’re always 1 layer away from total crap, and 1 layer away from awesome.” So I kept plugging on.
Lindy’s Starburst Sprays seem to ALWAYS fix my issues, I LOVE the sparkle and how they completely alter a creation. This was the point where I thought my project looked cool, but it sat undone for the longest time because I didn’t know how to finish it.
One evening I started to think about a stencil I had, with paint dripping down. I couldn’t find that stencil, but I figured it would look alright if I freehand drew it. So I did. Then I covered the dripped area in black gesso, and then black paint. At one time the dripped area was SO BLACK, there was zero color underneath.
I used the exact same gelatos in the base as I did for the drips. The difference is primarily in what they were covering. One covered a white gessoed page, the other covered a pitch black area.
I love how creamy and smooth these iridescent gelatos are, I LOVE how they blend with a little elbow grease, and how you can paint with them.
What do you think? I thought it needed a focal point, but my lovely hubby suggested that it not have one. It’s an exploration of color and texture. I LOVE the different textures created on this!
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