On Saturday I hosted a group of ladies for a fun day of mixed media art play. It was such a fun day. It really re-enforced the power of connecting with others for me. I usually craft alone, I really hate to pack up my things to go to a crop because it's so hard to get organized! LOL It really requires a lot of planning for me, but one of my goals for this year was to get out from my craft room and go to a few crops, and invite other crafters to craft with me in my home.
I planned a spring themed mixed media project to share with my fellow crafters. Most of them like me, are new to mixed media art. I think we all learned a lot from each other and I can't wait until our next gathering :)
So here's my project...
The idea behind it was to gather things we already owned, share what we could, and experiment with a few techniques... collage, incorporating stamped images, and stenciling were a few of the ones that we used. I used a coaster, but some of the ladies used large and small canvases, chipboard albums, and mixed media paper.
We started out by applying acrylic paint to build the background. Then we began adding texture to the base by stamping and stenciling layers of paint using stamps and some rather unconventional items... corrugated cardstock scraps & plastic canvas circles!
We stamped the butterfly and sentiment on tissue paper and adhered it using matte gel medium. If you cut around your images when using tissue paper, it almost becomes transparent when using gel medium. Just be sure to apply the gel medium liberally, and then smooth the tissue paper, adding thin layers of gel medium on top. This technique is perfect for me because I do NOT have a steady hand when it comes to cutting. LOL
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