Sunday, April 5, 2009

Mixed Media Collage

Last week when I wasn't feeling well I thought I would do something to cheer myself up.
I started with a rectangle box canvas which I had previously coloured with an stamp ink pad. Next I added torn papers from the ones that Janet had sent me in my giveaway prize (see below) and Hilary had sent me several weeks ago.
I added stamped and stencilled designs using acrylic paints - then I played around with walnut ink and colourwash sprays to create a wash effect.
I then used a sanding block to distress it and finally added a couple of coats of Mod Podge to give it a semi gloss appearance.
Lastly I added 2 "Kaiser" wood flourishes that I had painted black and added Goldfinger around the edges for hilites.
I rather like how it turned out but I am sorry that I didn't take step by step photos as I went along as I was really not sure what I was doing and just kept plodding along.
I will have another go this week and see what I come up with.

22 comments:

Christine said...

Doreen, don't you love how some of the best things just evolve though?
I find if I plan too much ahead, I just stress when it doesn't work out exactly, VBG. I really like this piece, all it needs now is a few random stitches.....
Just kidding. I can really see you're enjoying your art at the moment, hope you are on the mend now?
Hooroo,
Christine.
http://missmuffettwo.blogspot.com/

Sandy said...

I hope you are feeling better. That's a nice art piece.

Hilary Metcalf said...

Hi Doreen - lovely piece! What are Kaiser flourishes?? are they like grunge board?? Haven't done anything with my papers - they are still sitting in a pile - but you have insipired me to get going
Hope you are on the mend - Ebony really looked like she was enjoying her riding.

Hilary

Joei Rhode Island said...

Lovely piece Doreen.
And I just love that last photo of Ebony and the horse

Janet said...

Wow....what a wonderful mixed media piece! If you were just plodding along then I want to find that same path! I think it's beautiful! The little wood flourishes are just perfect.

lizzie said...

Doreen you're an inventive gal - love all your experimenting as I've said before

Magpie's Mumblings said...

ooooh...this is beautiful Doreen!! I love how you achieved such depth of colour. It's gorgeous.

maggi said...

A lovely piece Doreen, the more you look at it the more you see

Maureen said...

I love it Doreen, I very rarely have a plan, I usually just wing it with all fingers crossed!

Heather said...

This is beautiful Doreen, you must be so pleased with it. I love the colours you have used and the way you have integrated each of the elements. The flourishes look a bit like Grungeboard - I love that stuff. Hope you are feeling better this week. Take care.

Doris said...

beautiful, i love the colors,and the musical notes,is amazing,i love it.

Jan said...

Isn't it just great to 'play' and see what happens! I do that all the time and most of my stuff is done on a wing and a prayer! Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't! This has turned out beautifully. I hope you're feeling a bit better now.

Heather said...

It's me again! Thanks for the encouraging comment you left on my blog. I've seen so much of those vessels I'm not sure if I like them, so it's good to get an independent opinion. Poppy is a joy and I'm looking after her all day next Wednesday - lovely! Hope you are OK now.

BT said...

Doreen, I have found you through Heather's blog, found heather through The Weaver of Grass, and so it goes on!! I simply love that art piece. I clicked on it to enlarge it and was it worth it! Wow, just stunning. I would have it on my wall.
I think we have some similarities, I am 60, also a Virgo (6th September) and my sister has lived in Bungendore for ever!! She is 'big' in the CWA over there, so you may even know her with her unusual name, Trudi Tritschler? Anyway, lovely to meet.

linda stokes said...

This looks great Doreen, I have a few canvases but am still waiting for inspiration - guess I should just give it a go!
What a lovely birthday treat for Ebony, & great pics.

Purple Missus said...

Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well again my friend. You're not having a very good time at the moment are you?
Plodding along obviously works for you - its a wonderful piece of work.

sharon young said...

Wow! what a brilliant piece, Doreen, I wish I could do something like that when I didn't feel well.
I hope you're feeling better now.

Dot said...

Sory to hear you have not been well Doreen.
Love this collage piece. Very nice color and composition.

Debbi Baker said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well - hope you are "all better"! Love your mixed media creation - I love those flourishes (but then I am a bit of doo-dad addict). PS When did you change your background? I have obviously only been reading in google reader format and missed the change. It looks terrific btw.

Val said...

WOW Doreen! This is just wonderful. Brilliant use of some of your papers - and no stitch in sight (yet!) I noticed you'd gone quiet, but thought you were busy - hope you are all better now. I clicked on this work of art to see it close up - magical! I also tipped my head to one side and decided it would look just as lovely on its long edge, with the little squares in the bottom right hand corner. You haven't actually said how big it is?

MargaretR said...

I'm sorry you haven;t been feeling well Doreen.
That piece of art is wonderful and has a lovely antique feeling to it.

Caroline said...

Wonderful! a sweet and warm piece! I love your collage