Hello Everyone!

I am loving mixed media! It is quickly becoming one of my favorite forms of crafting. I love finding objects and combining them to create art.
This project is a Finnabair inspired mixed media. She is wonderful and her projects inspire me to create new things and expand my horizon. And I find that the more mixed media projects I do the better they turn out. It is fun to see how different my techniques is since I started.

This time I did a Dragon themed collage. I found the really cute ceramic dragon and built the piece around that.  Here is how I made this collage.

mixed-media-dragon

Materials:

  • Canvas
  • Found objects, papers, rhinestones, microbeads, stencils
  • Papers, stencils
  • Soft Gloss Gel, 3D Gel, Mica Powders, paint brushes, gesso

Instructions:

I had these really great old papers and doilies that I used as a base. The papers are a little fragile, but they make and interesting base.

base-layout

I glued the papers down with soft gloss gel and I added a top coat of soft gloss gel to protect the paper. The fragile, old papers did end up bubbling a tiny bit, but I think that adds to the character of the piece. The papers were just really thin and the gel soaked through and caused tiny wrinkles.  Let it dry before going on.

add-soft-gloss-gel

Next start arranging a layer on the canvas. I used a plastic heart and some lace and cork at this stage. I also used a stencil in the corners and added micro beads to the wet paste to add texture and interest.

start-adding-layers

Keep adding layers to create interest and details.

keep-layering

Once I was happy with the arrangement I used black gesso on the collage in the middle and I edged the canvas in black gesso. I faded the gesso out from the center to blend into the canvas.

add-black-gesso

Next I started painiting. I added mica poswers to water to make a mist that I srayed in areas. But mostly I dry brushed the paint on the canvas. I mixed mica powders with soft gloss gel to create a paint.

start-painting

Just dry brush paint all around, hightlighting high points and emphasing different points of interest.

detail

more-detail

top-detail

Mixed Media is tons of fun and I can’t wait to complete my next project.

detail-of-mixed-media-dragon

Tonight I am taking an embroidery class so I will share what I learn and have some new projects for you in the coming weeks.

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