Sunday, April 28, 2013

Please Help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ah what a day lol  and pleeeease if any of you lovely mixed media artist's could find it in your heart to help i would be eternally grateful xoxo 

Ive been working on this canvas all day today and i think i've ruined it
heres the story lol

I found the picture of this lady and i really liked her face, i CANNOT draw so i thought i would try to do a mixed media canvas with her as the focal point
I wish i had have taken more step by step photo's but ive been totally engrossed and then stressed and then calm and then stressed again, lol
This is the background i started with, using acrylic paints in Burnt Umber, Orange Yellow, Yellow Ochre and Titanium White,  i used a credit card to apply the paint and after playing around with it for a while i was quite liking it, i've never used the card before and i did enjoy that.

So anyway then i went all day with playing around and ended up with this, but before this,  i cut her face out , without her headdress, as i just liked her face, then i layed some netting over it and dry brushed her hair on through the netting, i was still liking it at that stage lol  Then i started added words and writing and thats when it went haywire, so i ripped them all off and started again,  also as i was already making some silk paper i thought for texture i would add that at the bottom while it was still wet and play around a bit, I got stressed again i almost painted right over her face but thought better of it so scrapped some of it off, i kinda like whats there now bit but i really dont know what to do with the rest,  not sure i like the silk paper on there and i'm basically stuck,  up on the right hand side it looks like some sort of lizard or worm ready to strike lol and yet its only paper !!  
should i just forget about this and start a whole new one or does anyone think this is salvageable ????
Its night time here and i'm not good with night pics sorry
So i sat it on my knee to try to take the gleam out

I was really going for texture mainly and i'm dissapointed that i think i might have to toss it. Being a learner in mixed media is quite frustrating as everything i try to learn is on-line due to , work, family,location.   I would really appreciate any help i can get and if i do have to let it go then i'll miss her face lol

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My First Little Tag

This is my first little tag , not really sure what there used for but i think there pretty cool anyway . I started with some thick card and covered in gesso, different papers, paints, bits and bobs and mechanicals , more gesso and then shiva sticks in copper and gold over the whole thing. I used a sari silk ribbon for the tie. Im pretty happy with the way it turned out and really enjoyed making it. 

Off to make some more :)  Happy Days xo

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Charlie Girl

Hi Everyone,  I've just finished a new mixed media piece and its with a pic of my Very Gorgeous Granddaughter Charlie,

I started out with a board and added tissue paper, paints, modelling pasted, gesso, more paints, lots of flowers and bits and pieces, jigsaw bits, coins,, buttons, netting, foam letters ect,   i'm still working with what I have lol 
I was going for the kind of vintage look and not sure I got there but Im really happy with the way she turned out. My daughter in-law loves it and its now hanging in Charlies room, after lots of kisses from the little girl herself who just loves  seeing her picture anywhere lol  

Happy Days !!!!!!!!!! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Finished Gift for Bonny

And i'm loving it !!! 
 this is the first one of these I've attempted and I do love it,  I used lots of bits and bobs of what I had, found, scrounged and I even made the paper flower,  I wanted a couple little flourishes so cut them from card, ( cant you tell) lol  and i'm still waiting for the postman with my orders !!   

So this is a gift for our friends daughter who is turning 21 this weekend and I know she loves handmade anything so I wanted to really give this a go.  I cut up the invitation which is a picture of her when she was about 8 , she is such a gorgeous girl and I really wanted to make her something with meaning that she could keep.   I've had so much fun in making this although I did get a bit scared to actually start glueing things down, then thought, oh just get on with it  and see how it turns out, so I did and cant wait to get into the next one !!!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

What to do ! What to do !!

Some more mixed media journals and now i'm not really sure where i'm going with these so no more for a while, they need something else and i'm not sure what, the background doesnt help either lol

So now i decided that i really wanted to make a piece for our friends daughter who is turning 21, i started out with some crinkled up tissue paper , netting from a garlic bag, modelling paste,  im only working with what i have lol , acrylic paints and i cut her picture from the invitation , i'm just playing with placement.

I didnt have many flowers so i cut a couple from card stock, but there way to thick.,  nothing is held down as yet and i keep moving things around,  i'll play with some more paper flower making today and see if i can make nicer ones , its all looking a bit to green right now but i will add color,  i've ordered some very cool stuff from ebay and just waiting for them, hurry up mr postman lol 

In the meantime i started another one of my gorgeous little granddaughter Charlie, using basically the same things,  that postman really better get a move on lol 
Any help from you wonderful artists out there would be very much appreciated as i think i get a little scared to just get stuck in and go for it lol 


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Finish Dream Time Journal !

Well i finally got to finish off my friend Mary's Dream Journal and i've passed it on to her, she loves it so just thought i'd show you. Its made using a large blank paged journal, foil, foam, sand paper,a key, beads, a bit of cellophane, paint, bitumen and spirits. I love it when its all covered in the bitumen and then once dry you take it back with the spirits to reveal whats underneath but also creating a cool  aged effect. the foil crinkles nicely but i was really surprised that the cellophane really really really crinkles. 
To show you what i mean, this is one i've just added the bitumen to but it has lots of the cellophane, and the effect is awesome, cant wait till its dry and i can rub it back, if you click on the pic to make it larger i think you'll see what i mean, the bitumen stays off all the really raised crinkly bits of cellophane so when i rub it back it should really pop lol

I've made a few more to and now to work out what the heck i'm gunna do with them all :)