Yoo hoo!! It's August and that means 5 more of my digi's have been released from Whimsy Stamps.
I've done another mixed media project so get ready for lot's of pics : )
Here's the finished project and then we'll backtrack:
She's just hanging from the box of my antique quill pen for the sake of the pic.
Now for the process. First she was colored with copics:
I knew I wanted to color her wings like a monarch so what goes with orange? For me it had to be purple ; )
Next I covered a box of Crystal Light drink mix with text pages using matte medium. Mod Podge would work as well or any clear drying glue for that matter. I also tape down the top and bottom flaps before I start to collage.
Then a coat of acrylic paint. You can wipe it back in some areas while it is still wet to let some of the text shine through.
Then I added some collaging images from papers and assorted sources that I wanted to shine through at the end. I have learned the hard way that my first layer (the text pages) tends to get obliterated so now I save the images I want to show through until this step.
Now I like to add a second color of acrylics and some circles by dipping a cap top in orange paint (sorry, I warned you.... lot's of pics).
I also carried these colors and stamping to the sides since it has a high profile and will show when it is hanging on the wall.
This is one of my favorite ways to add some texture. This was a mesh bag from a purchase of some sort. My other favorite way is bubble wrap. I am using acrylic paint and stenciling through the bag but you could also use your glimmer mist or spray inks for a really cool effect.
Some distressing of the edges is just as awesome on mixed media projects as it is on cards! This pic gives you an idea of how little this box is.
All that is left was to add some words I created and printed. I distressed the edges of those also before glueing down and added some white gel pen highlights after the glue dried. I also cut out my image and glued her down. If you used products that will react with the glue like distress inks you might want to apply a layer of clear gesso or your clear glue to act as a sealant before gluing down your colored image.
I also added a beaded hanger out of twine and beads. I would suggest creating your hanger before you seal up your box. It just makes it easier : )
One final look before I added the beaded "hanger".
I really like creating these little boxes and sitting them on shelves in my craft room/studio. You can give yourself little uplifting reminders and I also refer to them for colors, textures and patterns that I think worked well (or not.. lol)
God Bless you if you've hung out with me to end of this post and I hope you will take a look at my other images released today as well.
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Anything but a card
Nutcrafters - Butterflies and bows
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - Butterflies and bows
Ruby's Rainbow - Anything but a card
Scrapbook Sisters - Things with wings
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything but a card