Well I’ve been pondering doing mixed media this year as I’ve really missed making a mess! I am still doing my digital art, but it’s taking a bit of a back seat for a while.
While I was tidying up my ‘art’ I looked through a pile of paintings I had done many years ago when I first started oil painting after a long break. I found this one and thought I might be able to do something with it.
This was an attempt at doing a copy of a ‘masters’ painting and while it didn’t turn out bad, it wasn’t exactly a brilliant copy. It was painted on canvasette so it is kind of a mix between canvas and paper, so quite easy to cut up.
I basically cut out the entire black background and left just her face and some hair.
So what next? I figured I would just be silly and try and do a collage using home made bits and pieces – there is no budget to buy all the fancy stuff, but I did splurge on my ‘Gelli’ plate as I am really interested in doing some printing.
My next problem was what was I going to ‘stick’ her on? I rummaged through some other old art and found an 11 x 14 inch canvas, plus a discarded 14 x 18 inch canvas. One would be the background, the other I would use for her.
The idea behind this wasn’t so much to create a masterpiece, but merely to try out some DIY techniques and maybe create something I might hang in my art room, as I haven’t really put up anything new for a few years.
So….how did it turn out? This is how she finally ended up!
- Covered the larger canvas with a double layer of brown paper and stuck it down with hot glue as the canvas had oil paint on it and I figured it would stick easier. I then sponged on a mix of paints – creamy pink, white and a watercolour “Indian Red”. I also used a bit of gold to get a little beige going on.
- I used almost the same colours on the smaller canvas, and as this only had acrylic paint on it, I simply did a layer of Gesso first. I added some textured paper and cut out bits prior to doing the paint job.
- I covered her dress with a lovely glittery ribbon (partly see through so you can still see the layers.)
- I made all the larger flowers from paper, used watercolours to paint them, a water colour pencil to edge them (I don’t have any ink pads!), and then added a button and pearl combo for the centres.
- The little flower is just a couple of tiny material roses stuck together and then hand painted a few times. While you may not see it in this photo, they all have a gold shimmer spray on them which I did by mixing gold craft acrylic paint and water in a small spray bottle.
- Her earring is made from some kind of plastic foamy thing I found – painted it silver and cut it out, adding a pearl and a rhinestone dot for interest.
- The string is simply from my stash used to tie up chicken for cooking, and I soaked it in some tinted water.
- The little word things are just printed from my computer onto a piece of paper I did using my gelli plate. I edged those with a water colour pencil (again, no ink pads).
- The flower bottom right, and the tree upper left are simply cut out from an old postcard. The butterflies are from cardstock and painted over. (I bought a little bag of them from a fellow ETSY store).