Hi everyone, if you're like me and you live where it's cold & snowy outside.....but it should indeed be Spring.....welcome to the "I'm so over Winter" club. How about some fresh and fun projects?
If you follow me on Twitter, you'll have noticed that I've been dabbling in mixed media and all things artsy lately. Call it a mid life
crisis awakening or who knows what but I have felt the need to get back to my artistic roots, however humble they may be. My college degree was in Interior Design but I soon learned from all of the art classes I took that my true calling was more in tune with the arts. It's seems a shame to keep all that creativity locked up so I'm listening to what my heart is telling me.....get my fingers painty, create more, experiment, be more organic in my work, take a risk, see what happens.
So I'm gonna do it. I've recently invested in some new art supplies and I'd love to share my ideas with you as I go along. Some ideas will be in the form of adding a new technique (new to me I should say) to my projects and scrapbook pages.....some ideas will be in the form of just experimenting with art journal pages. I've been researching these more and I'm totally intrigued. I hope that by sharing my findings you'll perhaps be inspired to try something new creatively and want to join in. I'm working on new blog posts that will kick off my "art revival" of sorts where I'll list some great references/mixed media artists and the new supplies I'm using. Please, please leave a comment to let me know what you think. Are you in? Have I lost it? Are you longing to try something new with your crafts?
On to today's project. One of things I've been desiring is something new to use as focal images on my cards. I love stamped images but sometimes I just want to reach for something else. I recently compiled a new file of photos that I've taken and I've decided to turn them into mini Instagrams. I'll be using them on my art journal pages which I'll share soon....but today I'm using this lovely photo below of some flowers I picked last summer.
I turned the photo above and 2 other photos into a sheet of mini Instagrams. You can see some of the cut photos below and I'll be sharing them in a new kit also. So here's my finished card below.
I used the small Instagram photo of my flowers as the focal point and then there are lots of fun layers underneath.Pink Flower Kit that I'll talk about a little later. In the close up below you can see some wonderful dictionary paper that has a beautiful texture to it. You can also see some white texture on my photo and some on the rest of the card.
I'd love to share with you how I created the textured paper. I've been experimenting with 2 new products in my artful arsenal of supplies. The first is Gesso. Gesso is a thick liquid primer that is used to prepare canvas and other surfaces for paint and other mediums to go on top. It dries with a somewhat chalky finish and accepts other mediums very well. What I love about Gesso is that is instantly mutes and tones down whatever surface you apply it to. You can use a brush but I have found that palette knives which have a flat blade are what I like best. This way you can apply the Gesso like frosting or perhaps think of it like buttering a piece of bread. Simply slather it in thin or thick coats over your paper. Then let it dry...you can use a heat gun to speed up the drying process. You can see that I applied a swipe of Gesso to the small Instagram photo and to a few places on the card front too. Since I like a lot of white space and softer colors, this stuff is going to be used a lot I can tell already. The brand I used is from the Claudine Hellmuth line from Ranger but you can find jars of Gesso in any craft store or online art stores like Dick Blick.
If you've made it this far, thanks for joining me today. Up in the shop I have a fun new kit that has a sampling of the dictionary page that has Gesso and modeling paste on it. Plus the kit contains a full 4 x 6 sheet of 6 mini floral Instagrams. The card I created today uses the Large Manila Tag, the small white tag + dictionary page, a mini Instagram and a snippet of a paper doily from the kit. It's a fun little kit if you want to see if you like this mixed media look on your projects. You can try misting the dictionary page, adding some watercolor or ink droppers, etc. It's hard to see but the kit also contains a clear card box that can be used to package up some cards as gifts.