Mixed Media Wall Decor – Create, Dream, Play

Hi everyone,

What?? Two posts in one day? 😀

I decided to just get with it, since I don’t know when I’ll next have time off. Even though I really wanted to take better pictures with my “real” camera instead of the phone… 😦

Well, here’s the next project… One of the first things I tried with mixed media, made a lot of mistakes and learnt from them too. 🙂

Mixed Media Wall Decor - Create 1

Here we go: This was created with an awful patterned paper used in the background (something that I bought because it was cheap, and the images were super blurry… Serves me right!). Anyway, I used a piece of corrugate from old packaging, distressed and glued down the background paper and then covered it with a thin coat of gesso to push the print into the background. Also sprayed a bit of green over it to brighten the color.

After that, it was just about adding embellishments to my heart’s content. 😀

I tore some strips of paper out of a wood-themed paper pack, distressed the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink and stamped them with the words “Create”, “Dream” and “Play”, all from different stamp sets. I think the first and last ones were from We R Memory Keepers Geohectic collection small stamp sets, and the second was from a Lawn Fawn set that also had feathers (bought it because of the feathers, really :)).

I also added some of the Vintage Borders from the We R Memory Keepers Good Day Sunshine collection. All the stamped images were inked with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. On a side note, I bought all my WRMK stamps from ItsyBitsy during their year-end sale and right before. The regular price was under Rs. 50 per set, and half of that during the sale.. That’s what I call a deal!!

Moving on, I also added raw chipboard shapes by PortaCraft, which I colored with random applications of acrylic paint and distress inks (Vintage Photo and Mowed Lawn). I also used an old credit card to apply green acrylic paint to the background, using the edge of the card to draw the paint upward and create “grass”.

I used (abused!) a pair of scissors to cut through some wooden shapes I had in my stash, and created the crooked fence out of them. I also added some 3D glitter flowers that were sent as a free gift with one of my ItsyBitsy orders, and embellished the centers with gold microbeads. As a final step, I added iridescent green seed beads under the flowers and near the fence, which I later covered with matt medium to cut down the shine a little.

The next day, I added a couple of brown rhinestones and a bit of scrap cotton twine to the focal image, because that edge just looked a little empty to me. Here are some close-ups if you want to see the effect of the matt medium with the shiny beads.. I love it!

I’m going to enter this project in the Peek-a-Boo Designs challenge (Challenge 2 – Anything Goes). Here’s the gorgeous color board from their blog:

peek-a-boo designs challenge 2 color board blogger-image-352790977

The challenge requires you to use shades of BLUE, SAFFRON, WHITE, GREEN and make anything you like, using at least 3 colors out of the 4 and a stamp. I’ve got Saffron, White and Green (as well as a little blue in the background), and of course, the stamps in the focal point of the image.

Mixed Media Wall Decor - Create 2

Also entered it in the Anything Goes Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog. Fingers crossed, I love the SSS products and my wishlist could use some help! 😛

I personally love this piece, and it’s taking pride of place above my crafting desk as soon as I get my hands on a drill (and clear up the stuff on my desk so it doesn’t get covered with wall dust :P).

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you liked my little foray into mixed media!

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