Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mixed Media Canvas with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Barbara here with a mixed media canvas using none other than my favorite laser cut chipboard from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.    

I started with a 6"x8" canvas panel and adhered a section of the Chainlink to it, as shown.

Paint canvas and Chainlink with white gesso.  While I had the gesso out, I went ahead and painted the  Bird in Ivy and one of the Flourishes 2 as well.  The gesso not only seals the chipboard but also gives it a nice, white base to add your colors.

Mist background with Tuscan Sun.

Mist background with Blackberry Cordial.  If the color is too dark in spots, dab excess with a paper towel.

Mist background with Gold.

Rub iced espresso metallic lustre over chainlink, then rub patina gilder's paste randomly over chainlink.

Cover Bird with a piece of paper and mist wreath portion with English Ivy.  Repeat for the  Flourish.  Let dry.

Paint Bird with hot cinnamon, burnt umber, and golden sand H20s.   Paint ivy and flourish with golden jade and moss green H20s.  Paint wreath with burnt umber.

Adhere bird in ivy and flourish to canvas, as shown.

At this point, I decided to add a few more leaves, so I chose my favorite, Fern Fronds.  To prepare them for color, I once again painted them with white gesso.  When that dried, I colored them with golden jade H20s and let that dry.  Next, I used a damp baby wipe to pick up hot cinnamon H20s and dab it over the leaves for this mottled effect.

Adhere fern fronds to canvas, as shown.

Add beaded spray and flowers, as shown.  Lastly, add a bit of glitter glue to the flower petals for an extra bit of sparkle.

Supplies Used:

6"x8" Canvas Panel
Glimmer Mist
  Tuscan Sun
  Blackberry Cordial
  English Ivy
ColourArte Twinkling H20s
  Hot Cinnamon
  Burnt Umber
  Rich Cocoa
  Golden Sand
  Moss Green
  Golden Jade
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso
Baroque Gilder's Paste Patina

I hope you enjoyed my canvas project today.  Be sure to stop by the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog and shop for more inspiration, and to see all the newest laser cuts coming your way.

Have a super crafty day!


Using the CraftwellUSA eBrush for a Mixed Media Fall Canvas

Hey all!  Are you thinking about Fall yet?  I sure am, which brings me to my mixed media canvas today.  Of course, I am going to be adding color with my Craftwell eBrush.  So let's get started.

I cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to 11" x 8-1/2".  Then, I tore some of the top layer off, exposing the corrugations in some areas.  Next, I added some strips of flower printed fabric tape and gave the entire background a rough textured coat of Teresa Collins' modeling paste.  Let this dry thoroughly.

Spread extra course garnet gel in a couple of spots, then sprinkle gold micro beads over wet medium.

Brush random strokes of gel medium over background and lay pieces of torn book pages over it.  Let all mediums dry.

Remove any portions of the book pages that did not adhere and you will get this really cool torn effect.

Brush on a wash of white gesso and water to give a nice, light background for the eBrushed colors to adhere to.

I die cut a piece of script paper with Teresa Collins Honeycomb Project Die using my Cut n Boss.

Tear honeycomb apart and adhere pieces to canvas, as shown, along with some of the punched out honeycomb pieces.  Let dry.

Emboss white card stock with the Teresa Collins Beautiful Words A6 Embossing Folder and cut out the word "FOREVER".  (This was left over from another project, so nothing goes to waste.)

Adhere to canvas, as shown.  Let dry.  I also die cut and embossed some leaves from thin chipboard and arranged the on the canvas.  It is a good idea to do this to get an idea of where you are going with your piece, although it can change.

Now the fun begins.  eBrush the first layer with BG15 Aqua, concentrating on the edges and corrugations.

Next layer is eBrushed with R85 Rose Red.

I wanted to warm the background a bit so I eBrushed Y21 Buttercup Yellow over the background, concentrating on the center of the piece.

The yellow leaf was eBrushed with YR23 Yellow Ochre, then E74 Cocoa Brown around the edges.

The two large orange leaves were first eBrushed with YR 23 Yellow Ochre, then YR68 Orange was eBrushed around the edges.  A light coat of E74 Cocoa Brown was added over it to tone it all down.

The wider small red leaf was first eBrushed with YR23 Yellow Ochre, then R29 Lipstick Red was eBrushed around the edges, and a light coat of E74 Cocoa Brown was added over all to tone it all down.

The last reddish green leaf was first eBrushed with YR23 Yellow Ochre, then R29 Lipstick Red was eBrushed in the center.  Next, the edges were eBrushed with the G09 Veronese Green, and a light coat of E74 Cocoa Brown was added over all to tone it all down.  All leaf stems were also eBrushed with the Cocoa Brown.

I found these puffy plastic letters to spell "fall" in my stash, so I eBrushed them with the E74 Cocoa Brown.  It would have been impossible to color them straight from the marker because each brush stroke of the marker removed what I put down.  So the eBrush is super fantastic for this sort of technique.  (Tip:  They are stickers, so you want to place them on your craft mat before eBrushing them so that you can remove them.)

Since I had already adhered my "FOREVER" word to my canvas, I used post it notes to protect the area around it from overspray and eBrushed it with the E74 Cocoa Brown.

I removed the post it notes and outlined the letters with a brown Micron pen to add depth.

I used a die cut piece of card stock as a stencil and eBrushed the E74 Cocoa Brown through it in random spots.

I used brown distress ink and a blending tool to edge all of the leaves, as well as the edges of the canvas.  I just really like the look.

Supplies Used:

Teresa Collins Beautiful Words and Stars A6 Embossing Folder
Copic Markers - BG15, R85, Y21, YR23, YR68, E74, R29, G09
Teresa Collins Modeling Paste
Gel medium
White gesso
Extra course garnet gel medium
Gold micro beads
Sizzix Tattered Leaves die (Tim Holtz)
Sizzix Layered Leave die (Tim Holtz)
Corrugated Chipboard from boxes
Vintage book pages
Distress ink - Vintage Photo
Blending tool

There will be more fun projects featuring up cycled projects, so make sure to check out the Craftwell Blog all month long for more inspiration from the team. 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a crafty day!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Mixed Media ATCs with Vivid Ultra Metallics

Hi everyone!  I love texture, and what a fun and easy way to play with different textures and to try out different techniques than on ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).  I also love beautiful colors, and just had to play with my newest Vivid Ultra Metallic Colors from ColourArte.  

I hope you will come along and play with me while I show you what I did in this video tutorial.   

Supplies Used:

Vivid Ultra Metallics
  True Metals Dragon Gold
  True Metals Autumn Flame
  Douglas Fir
  Teal Zircon
  Bolivian Blue
  Red Poinsettia
White gesso
Wallboard paper joint tape
Wallboard fiberglass joint tape
Honeycomb die cut
Medium weight chipboard
3D gloss gel medium
Variety of laces and fibers
Heart shaped corrugated tag
Stickers and embellishments

Let me know what new ideas and techniques you come up with while you play.  It is hard to stop!

Thanks for stopping by, and make time for creative play!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mixed Media Cards - Call Me

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  I don't know about you, but I absolutely love antiques and anything vintage.  When I saw these Vintage Phones, I knew they would work really well with Graphic 45's Communique paper.  So I decided to make a couple of vintage cards with them.

For the first card: 

Make a 5" x 6-1/2" folded black card for your base.  Cut script paper slightly smaller than card front, distress with black ink and adhere.  Die cut an elegant frame from black card stock and adhere to card, as shown.

 Choose your chipboard and paint each piece with black acrylic paint.  I like to do this first because it not only gives the chippies a base color, but it also seals the surface.  

Next, I began adding some extra dimension onto my telephone pieces by using the border strips from the Texture Sheets Fiesta.  I also added a strip of chipboard to each phone handle, as shown in the photo.

Paint handle and bottom of phone with Raw Sienna.  Let dry

Repeat step above using Transparent Yellow Iron Oxdie.  Let dry.

Repeat step above using Carbon Black antiquing cream.  Let dry.  Add brass metallic pasted to the phone, dial cover, and handset, as shown.  Wipe off most of the antiquing cream with a wet baby wipe or paper towel.  

Punch a 1" circle from scrap paper with a craft punch and adhere it beneath the dial cover.  

Adhere all pieces to the card front, as shown.  Lastly, dry brush a silver metallic paint over the brass areas, and distress edges with black distress ink.  Add a piece of coiled wire from the handset to the phone base to finish it off.

For card number two:

Follow the same procedure to paint the phone and put all the pieces together.   Cut the numbers apart and adhere to card front, as shown.   Use the photo as a reference.  Lastly, I added more silver and gold to the brass areas of the phone to help them stand out better against the paper background.

Supplies used:

GSL Mixed Media Fragments 1 (numbers background)
Graphic 45 Communique paper collection
Spellbinders Dies: S4-445 Majesty; 
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Burnt Sienna
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Metallic Silver
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream - Carbon Black
DecoArt Metallic Lustre - Burnished Brass
Black acrylic paint
Black distress ink
Foam blending tool

I hope you like my project today. I thought these would make great cards to invite your friends or family to get in touch.  But I also believe these would make great cards for any occasion, and I think they have a bit of a masculine feel, as well.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, crafty day!