Posts Tagged ‘painted backgrounds’

GPP Street Crusade No 38 – Grab a tissue

GPP Crusade Grab a Tissue

This month, Crusaders, our household has been besieged by plague and pestilence alike (hubby had pneumonia and the boys had head lice) but I have struggle bravely on, in this quest for sharpening our artistic skills and ultimately, art perfection.

Michelle Ward has challenged us to “grab a tissue” for the GPP Street Crusade and incorporate tissue paper into our layout this month. I was excited by this as I have a TONNE (both metric and empirical) of tissue paper in the form of my grandmothers old dress patterns. Initially I took them in to use the great sketches on the front covers. But I soon discovered that each packet had heaps of tissue paper inside, and how could I call myself a “Mixed Media Artist”, let along a true “paper crafter” if I had discarded all of it!?!?! Needless to say, I had adequate tissue paper on hand for this project. On closer inspection, I also found that not only did I have the usual brown tissue paper, but some of the patterns were made from white tissue! Oh joy indeed!

The details of making this layout can be found over at our Mixed Media Art companion site.

Mixed media art journalling with paints and tissue paper

As with all of Michelle’s Crusades, I had lots of fun. Using tissue paper when there is lots of it really does release my creativity. I am happy to play when I’m not “wasting” something I have been saving. Here is a close up pic.

Writing detail in art journal

Green and purple are not colours I would usually use together. I had my mind set on green (my favourite colour and also the same Michelle had used) but I had purple paint on my paintbrush for another project and, not wanting to waste any paint, used it up on the gesso’d tissue paper.

Ink used is Brilliance Graphite black – a little wetter than Staz0n, as I was worried that Stazon may tear the tissue paper, as it can get a little sticky. Stamps from See-D’s Perfectly Paisley set.

Fair well, Crusaders.

Michelle

Mixed Media Monday – What was she thinking?

What was she thinking? That’s what we had to determine this week over at Mixed Media Monday.

I had a great time creating this art journal page. I created the background using my favourite mixed media art technique; I painted the background with gesso and acrylics, and added Collections stamps in Staz-On. The girl was attached with craft glue and I gesso’d over her dress to provide a definite outline. I made a paper template for her dress, then transferred it onto the map paper. This was cut out, gesso’d and details added with Collection stamp, pink pencil and Twinkling H2Os.

Animal stamps by Fern Gully Stamps. Bird stamp by Rhonna Farrer, Autumn Leaves. These were stamped onto dictionary paper and coloured in with pencils.Heading written by hand with silver pen and pink Sharpie pen.

Thanks must go to Diane, who does such a great job conducting and co-ordinating our Mixed Media Monday challenges each week. And thank you to all of you – each of you, with your viewing and leaving lovely comments, really have make the MMM community a fantastic one and one of my favourite challenge groups.

Until next week, keep creating!

Michelle

GPP Crusade No 36 – Braving the elements

The Green Pepper Press Crusade has returned for 2010 to Brave the Elements. Now these northern hemisphere girls are braving the cold of winter and thinking of snowflakes. Snowflakes!?! I think I may have seen snow once – brrrrr! too cold for me!

Here we are braving the summer elements; scorching hot sun, blustery northerly winds that dry your eyes out and still in the middle of a drought. And my Tomato Jungle is surviving in these conditions.

I had an absolute ball creating this today and am very pleased with the results. I think I have stuck to the one hour time frame, although not in all one sitting. Can you see the ripening tomatoes peeking out? They take so long to turn red, even in this heat. Here are some more of the details.

The stencils were cut from scrap paper, using a real tomato leave as a template. I had one that was much bigger but it was just too big for the layout. The tomatoes were stenciled using a 1″ hole punch to create that template.

The stenciling with gesso didn’t give much contrast and neither did the light green, but the dark green paint provided the best contrast against the background.

I’ll include some details on creating the background and the gesso resistance technique over at the Mixed Media Art site.

Thank you once again goes to Michelle Ward to helping us to rise to the challenge and sharing her passion for simple techniques that give stunning results! And for giving us a time frame! No excuses this time.

*smiles*

Michelle

Mixed Media Monday – Leftovers

This week over at Mixed Media Monday we’ve been challenged to use our “leftovers” – those bits and pieces left lying around after other projects are finished. Here is what I had lying around my desk:

A small 4″ x 4″ canvas, that had fallen down from somewhere, bits of text and music paper, a dragonfly stamped onto tissue paper, painted background paper with paisley stamping, a piece of cream cord, a circle punch and a few pieces of black card with some cutouts from the Pazzle cutter.

And here is the end result:

MMM Leftovers 4" x 4" canvas

Dragonfly and text stamp by Collections. Paisley stamps by See D’s.

I have added the details about how I made it over at Mixed Media Art.

*smiles*

Michelle