Giraffe: A Challenge Entry

I’m once again entering the monthly challenge at More Mixed Media.  This month’s theme is “anything goes + bright colors.”  I knew right away which piece I wanted to enter:  my giraffe.

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Giraffe is built on a 3/4″ thick canvas.  He started out as a pretty simple construct, and as I started applying layers of colored acrylic paint to build him up, I realized that some animal print papers and other mixed media goodies would help make him pop.  Below are pictures showing the progression of his creation.

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A Vintage Corset Dress

I don’t always work in two dimensions–sometimes I use three!  This is a mixed-media piece I did using chipboard cut-outs from Creative Embellishments and lovely little feathers from Paper Mart.  I textured the background with modeling paste and stencils, and sprayed it with about a dozen layers of spray colors from Shimmerz.

It is for sale in my Etsy shop.  Just click here to view the listing.  I’m also entering it in this month’s mixed media challenge over at More Mixed Media.

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Purple Girl

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This is “Purple Girl.”  She is a mixed media art piece I made on  12×12″ canvas.  She started with layers of various papers and ephemera and textures, and then was built up from there with layers and layers of acrylic paint.  Purple is my favorite color!  I gifted her to my dear friend Tracy, who admired Purple Girl and I’m proud that she has her hanging in her beach house.

I’m entering her in this month’s challenge over at More Mixed Media.   Their theme this month is Anything Goes with purple as an optional color, and she’s pretty danged purple!

 

Follow-up:

I’m proud to have been selected as a “top five” entry in the challenge!

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More Mermaid Mixed Media

I’ve got another mixed media piece I wanted to share.  Yeah, it’s a mermaid deal.  Yeah, I promise I’ll be working on something besides mermaids soon enough.  Meanwhile, this is my latest endeavor.2016-02-12 10.42.28

It’s made on a 6×6″ canvas that’s gallery wrapped and 1.5″ thick.  Loaded down the first layer with modeling paste for texture, then sprayed tons of Shimmerz paints on to create a multi-colored background of aquas and blues.  On top of that I applied some acrylic medium and sprinkled on iridescent flakes and shiny little beads.

The mermaid and gears look like metal with a rich patina, but that’s just Pebeo iridescent paints in Blue Black and copper, applied to die cut chipboard pieces (“chippies”) from Creative Embellishments.  I topped everything off with a few metal watch parts and pieces.

This is one of my March entries in their challenge contest over at Creative Embellishments.  The  inspiration for this month’s challenge is this picture:

sweet_wallpaper_wonderful_2033_background_editionAnd the “twist” is “why I’m lucky.”

I’m inspired by the ethereal look of the sky in this picture, and I try to apply that to all my mixed media works.  And, I’m lucky because I live only 90 minutes from the ocean and I love all things nautical and aquatic (could you tell?)  I never thought I’d get this close to the beach!  It sure is nice, and I’m a very lucky, fortunate girl.

Here are a few other views of the piece:

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Killin’ Time: My Mermaid Obsession (Part 2)

Here is another piece of deep sea art using chipboard products from Creative Embellishments.  I am entering this piece into the Creative Embellishments February challenge, which was to get inspiration from this photo:
il_fullxfull-344959819I am inspired by the fact that I LOVE mermaids.  The “twist” for the challenge is “white space.”  Under the sea, there is no white space!  But, I did manage to incorporate some white in there with the seashells.

Here’s my second entry for the challenge:

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This is my original creation using Creative Embellishments’ Mermaids, Seahorses, Seashells, Seagrass, and Seaweeds.  This is created on a 12×12″ canvas that was first textured with modeling paste and then a layer of cheesecloth was added to the lower half.

The background is colored with inks from Shimmerz (Heidi Ho Blue, and Jeni B Bleu) and highlighted with Pebeo High Viscosity Studio Acrylics in Iridescent Blue Green and Green Blue.

The chipboard nets in the corners were sprayed with Shimmerz ink (Don’t Be Suede), then highlighted with  Pebeo High Viscosity Studio Acrylics in Iridescent Copper.  The other chipboard pieces were primed with a layer of white gesso, then painted with various colors of Pebeo High Viscosity Studio Acrylics (iridescent colors)

The chipboard seashells were painted antique white, then spritzed with Don’t Be Suede, then dry brushed again with antique white.

Finally, little pearls, rhinestones, dried starfish and real seashells were glued on with acrylic gel medium.

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Killin’ Time: My Mermaid Obsession (Part 1)

I thought today I would show you one of the ways I’ve been killin’ time.  I’ve been making some mermaid and deep sea art using chipboard products from Creative Embellishments.  I am entering this piece into the Creative Embellishments February challenge.

The challenge was to get inspiration from this photo:
il_fullxfull-344959819I am inspired by the fact that I LOVE mermaids, and, by the steampunk vibe of this photograph.  The “twist” for the challenge is “white space.”  Under the sea, there is no white space!  Here’s my entry for the challenge:

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This is my original creation using Creative Embellishments’ Steampunk Mermaid and several of their chipboard gears in assorted sizes.  This is created on a 6×6″ canvas that was first textured with modeling paste and then a layer of cheesecloth was added to the lower half.

The background is colored with inks from Shimmerz (Heidi Ho Blue, Oh Say Can You Sea, Jeni B Bleu) and then heavily highlighted around the edges with Clearsnap Fluid Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan.

The chipboard gears and mermaid have a textured layer of gesso as a basecoat, then they were painted black, and then layers of Pebeo High Viscosity Studio Acrylics in Iridescent Blue Black, Iridescent Copper, and Iridescent Green Blue were applied.

Finally, I have a big stash of old watch parts and I applied a few of those as accents in and around the gears.

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Painting a Mermaid

Sometimes I enjoy making mixed media art. It’s a hobby of mine.  I’m not very good at it, but I enjoy it just the same.  I recently finished a painting of a mermaid that took me months to complete. I started out with good intentions, then got distracted with other things and finally got back to it over Christmas break.  Here’s a gallery of the various stages it went through: