Sunday, November 27, 2016

Three Ways to use Printables in your Mixed Media Projects


Happy Sunday!

Today, I will be sharing how to use Printables in your mixed media projects.  I am a huge fan of PaperWhimsy printables.  The images and designs are timeless and they are perfect for all types of mixed media projects.  I hope to show you how to think beyond the page to create your own unique art.

First up is a pair of resin covered wall art pieces.

Using Printable Sheet 062, I adhered a face to the back of Quirky Topper No. 1 and No. 2. with Matte Medium.  Once dry, I applied a thin layer of Amazing Casting Products clear resin.  Once the resin cured, I added my own bit of color with metallic powder.  You can see the highlights in the dress and cheeks.

 To 'encase' each image, I adhered the top and bottom of each Quirky Topper after I painted and aged each piece.  

My second project is a hanging Heart Trio that uses the Printable Sheet 043b.  I used the printable to create an easy, ready to use background.  

Using Amazing Alterables as the backbone to my art, I applied the printable with matte medium, then aged it with crackle paint and embossed stamping.  

To fulfill my vintage heart, I added vintage ribbons, lace, leather and findings to each heart.  You can really see the luscious background on each heart in these close-ups.

 To connect each heart, I added large jump rings for hanging.

My last project uses PW Printables as a focal feature.  

PaperWhimsy has many window, door, and house shaped printables, so using these as inspiration, I created a house shaped mixed media project.

I applied Printable Sheet 120b to a black wood block, shaped like a house.  I sanded the edges to give it a worn look, then sprayed it with various shades of spray mist for more color.  

   I added several embellishments and findings and adhered the wood house to a scrap piece of rusted metal.  Mixed Media is great for combining all types of mediums, textures, and findings.

Next time you are looking for inspiration in a new project, don't forget to try Printables.  They can really expand your creative possibilities.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Throwback Thursday - StencilGirl Stencils - Getting my Art Journaling on.


Happy Thursday!

Today, it's Throwback Thursday over on the StencilGirl blog and my project is an Art Journal page that you can create, even if you can't draw.

 To create the base of my page, apply a magazine add to your paper using matte medium.  Choose a page with a large face or person.

Place the large 'Segments' stencil over the image and apply paint. I love to use cosmetic sponges for paint application.  It allows you to control the thickness and placement of the paint much more than a brush.

 Once dry, add your own unique doodles, drawings, and journaling.  In areas where the paint covered the models face and hands, I drew the missing pieces for a doodled effect.

 I also enhanced her face with random markings and paint.  

Even though I can't draw, especially faces, you would never know by looking at my finished page.  I love how easy it is to 'draw' using magazine cutouts as a guide.  :)  And the stenciling added my own unique twist to the face.  Perfect!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Creating Resin Molds out of your Stencils


Happy Tuesday!  Today I am going to show you how to create resin molds from your favorite StencilGirl stencils.

The process is pretty simple, yet really give you dimensional possibilities when creating with resin and molds.

Let's start!

Step One
Following manufacturer's instructions, mix Mold PuttyAs soon as the putty is ready, apply your stencil and brayer over the entire piece to ensure an even and thorough imprint.  Leave the stencil in place until the mold has set.

 Depending on the thickness of your cast, you may need to add a 'wall' around the shape to contain the resin.  I opted for a thin, uneven edge, so no wall needed.

Step Two
Apply a coating of gesso.  After the gesso is dry, spray with your favorite spray mist, allowing the colors to pool and settle around the resin stencil design.
Drill holes with a small drill bit in various places.

Step Three
Hand-stitch where you drilled holes.  Vary your stitching to create interest.

 Step Four
Using a long lighter, carefully singe the edges and various sections.  Be VERY CAREFUL as the resin and fibers will quickly burn.  Do this step with adequate ventilation and away from areas where open flame should not be used. (preferably outdoors on a driveway or patio)
Add more spray mist if desired.

Step Five
Cut to shape a piece of vintage dictionary or music paper.  Place behind the resin cast, allowing the edges to peek out.  
OPTIONAL:  Singe the edges with flame as above.

Step Six
Using the same stencil, apply modeling paste to cradled wood canvas.  Once dry, spray the same or coordinating spray mist.  Adhere the paper to the wood canvas.
Mark areas on resin cast and wood canvas to add metal eyelets.  The serve both form and function.  Drill and attach eyelets.

Step Seven
Adhere resin cast to wood canvas by attaching wire via the metal eyelets.  Hang and enjoy!

  I was so happy with how my first resin molded project turned out, I created another.

The resin cast process is the same as above, but the finish is different.

Step One
Create three resin casts.  Once set, apply a layer of gesso to each.
Rust each piece with rusting medium of choice.  (I used Rusting Powder and vinegar)
After the rust dries, sand lightly to reveal the shape.

 Step Two
Mark and drill a set of eighteen holes in the center of each resin cast.  Stitch a piece of scrap Kantha quilt to each piece.

 Step Three
Drill holes at the top of each piece and adhere together with Sari silk.  Use a small section of a reed stick for hanging. (rusted to match)


Now, I have a resin mold ready for my next creative experiment.  What should I create next?

StencilGirl Stencil Used

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a fantastic week!