Wednesday, March 26, 2014

# Borders # Doilies

Create Mixed Media

Sandy here with you today.  I stepped way out of my comfort zone and tried a mixed media piece.  Now anyone that knows me well, knows how anal I am and how hard it is for me to do artsy stuff.  I began with an 8x10 canvas sealing it with a coat of Gesso.  Using lightweight chipboard I cut out a huge amount of dies and then mixed and matched until I found something I liked.

I began with the word "create" die cut with my Lace Scrip Lower Case dies.  Below that I added a Burlap border and further down a Gears Mesh Border.  Along the left edge I added a Tiny Bubbles Mesh Border.  I added another coat of Gesso.

Next I added some chain pieces cut from a Chain Mesh Border, a Clock and a Shuttered Window.  And, yes another coat of Gesso.

I continued to add dies, Quills above the window, a Gear above that.  I cut a Dreamcatcher in half and put it along the top and on the right side.  I used a Sentiment frame behind the bottle cap and another on the upper right behind the metal snap.  Below "create" I added Anastasia border (this I cut from card stock as it is such an intricate die)  The last piece was half of the center of a Rum Punch Doily.  I added some beads to the bottle cap and then coated everything with Gesso.

Using Dylusions spray inks, I added color.  I also added some Glimmer Mist so it has a lovely shine.  This was hard for me as the anal side really wants to control where the color goes, lol.  But I tried to be brave and let the color do it's thing.  The last step was my flowers and leaves.

I decided to try cutting the flowers out of metal.  I have some soft aluminum, .005 thick 36 gauge.  They cut beautifully.  And I am loving these flowers.  They were so easy to mold and stack.  I decided not to color them, I liked the look of the silver.  I just added a bit of color to the tips of the petals with my Copic markers. You can see the flower dies I used below.  I am happy with the way my canvas turned out and I had fun making it.  It took me about 7 hours to complete this project.

Cheery Lynn Designs dies used:

All of the pictures above were taken inside with lamplight, thus the warm tones to the silver metal flowers.  Now that the sun is up, I decided to take another picture to show you the true beauty of the silver flowers.

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  1. Awesome Sandy! I know what I will be creating this weekend!

  2. Gorgeous! Hay for you being brave and stepping outside that comfort zone!!!

  3. Yea for you. Glad you tried something different as it turned out great. Love all the little things you added and the colors are wonderful. AND the flowers are gorgeous. Will have to try something like that. Keep doing it. Edna B.

  4. This is beautiful Sandy...the textures are so neat and the colors are awesome. Does CL die cut thin aluminium?...would love to give it a try.Thanks for sharing this tip.

  5. that is just beautiful, great tutorial, I think I want to try this. Thanks for stepping out of your comfort zone, it turned out great.

  6. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G Sandy if this is anal well then I will eat my shoe!!! It really is STUNNING thank you for the step by step!! Great piece of art ;-))) xox Amy ;-)

  7. Well I think you did a great job, Sandy! The first one hurts the most. They actually do get easier as you do more of them. Happy crafting!

  8. EXCELLENT!!! You did a FANTASTIC job! I love it!

  9. Wow Sandy, This is fantastic and shows just how versatile all the dies are. Great piece of mixed media and tutorial.
    Julie x

  10. I have to say WOW too, Sandy. This really is such an amazing project! One of the things that is so cool is that it looks great through each stage. You could have stopped at any point and still have hooked me. The composition is so interesting and unique it pulls you in from the start. The metal flowers are fabulous! What a work of art! LOVE it!

  11. OMG Fantastic Sandy. I am lovin this mixed media you did and the Cheery Lynn Dies are perfect for it. Always nice to try something new. Way to go my friend

  12. Wow, I love your project! Its amazing.

  13. Sandy, This is awesome. Your piece is really beautiful.

  14. A fantastic step by step - who would have believed chipboard could look so good!

  15. How very inspiring and great work of art Sandy! I just love your color palette and great mix of Cheery Lynn Design dies used on your GOURGEOUS canvas!!


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