Monday

Clustering my fave things on a canvas...



Live-mixed-media-canvas

While I love my layouts to be relatively flat for easy storage, I tend to go "overboard" when it comes to my mixed media canvases. *winks*


I would reach for little dimensional bits that I have been saving in my "save-it-for-a-rainy-day" stash and cluster to my heart's content [okay till I run out of space *LOL*].


The patterned paper was distressed at the edges and added with a PearlEX sheen. I used a big paper bloom as a focal point, then tucked other embellishments in.


I like to buy necklaces on sale for use on my projects....a more economical way to add pretty stuff on projects. :)

Playing along with 7 Dots Studio April challenge...



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Thursday

Your weekend project: Chalkboard Art



So I have finally succumbed to the chalkboard art trend. And of course, you know, when I start on something, I go big...*winks* Probably should have tackled a card first...*LOL*


A google search on chalkboard art led me to lots of inspiring chalk penmanship [read: super hard!] and lots of tips on the best ways to start .....like deciding on a design and then using a projector to project the image on your board before drawing with your chalk. Or measuring your design so that the text will fit your board.

Even the nephews think that it's toooooo much work!

What? That sounds like a lot of work. And so NOT me. So I went with stencils. *LOL*


Kind of wish I had more word stencils though...

1. Get a piece of plywood, prime it with gesso and then follow the instructions for the chalkboard paint...[1 hour between coats and 1 day to cure]. The chalkboard paint comes in a variety of colours so you don't have to use black. 

2. Choose your stencil and start creating your chalkboard art! I love the Faber Castell Pitt Pastels are perfect for the chalk effect minus the chalk dust! You can just use a wet rag to erase mistakes. If you LOVE what you did, you can spray a chalk fixative over it. I love the idea of changing it up when I get bored.

P/s: Hope you will give chalkboard art a try. I've 2 more pieces painted and all set for some serious drawing...ahem..tracing! Signing off for the long weekend...hope you have an awesome one! :)


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Wednesday

The one where we chased chickens...


Delightful-layout-for-Imaginarium-Designs

Hello there friends! Today I'm sharing my second project as this month's guest designer over at Imaginarium Designs - a 12x12 layout featuring the niece and nephews. :)


The textures on the chipboard were created by applying thick, uneven layers on gesso before colouring them with Ranger Distress Paints. Then I added some fun Purple Pumpkin embellishments.


We had a fun morning chasing a neighbour's chickens and taking photos along the way. Can you tell that nephew J just woke up and couldn't be coaxed to smile for the camera? *LOL*

P/s: Those chickens were fast..I couldn't get a picture of them! *winks*


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Tuesday

The pastel phase...


My-space-mixed-media-canvas

Have you noticed that I've been working with pastels of late? Yep, totally out of my comfort zone. I love bright and bold colours but there's something alluring about a soft colour palette, eh? *winks*


And of course, I'm also trying to "wean" myself off the "scrunched tissue paper on canvas base" habit. *LOL* I used patterned paper! [Go me!]


My mother brought home some plastic doilies for me [yes..people in my life have been "trained" to save stuff for me *LOL*] which worked well with the pretty Purple Pumpkin lace bloom. :)


I love that the Polish postage stamp had pink blooms on them...perfect for my embellishment cluster. [Eh...yes, I "save" postage stamps too...most people tend to send labels though...]
Playing along with 7 Dots Studio: Fly Away challenge.


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Monday

The pink birthday


Amazing-day

So, my niece S celebrated her third birthday last month. And since she is into anything pink, I got her pink balloons and made her a mostly pink tiered paper birthday cake. :)


Finally played with my Twinkling H20s for a little subtle sparkle under lace trim....[I got them for Christmas last year..*winks*]


Love the fun little puffy stickers that I found in my "save-it-for-a-rainy-day" box.

Playing along with The Studio Challenges and Let's Get Sketchy.


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Friday

Your weekend project - 10 minute altered magnet



I don't know about you but I LOVE cute magnets [who am I kidding...I love ALL cute things...*LOL*]. However, I never buy them because they are so ridiculously priced. I could totally make my own right? *winks*



1. The first step is to get a magnet. I love FREE magnets of course...*winks*
2. Cut a piece of scrap canvas [or paper], then run it through the Xyron 3" Sticker Maker for an even application of adhesive.
3. Then embellish as you wish. I went with stuff from my "save-it-for-a-rainy-day" stash...lace, ribbon, felt swirl and a tiny heart-shaped plastic cake.

So, what do you think? Will you be making some cute magnets for your fridge this weekend?


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Thursday

Why I love working on canvas...


Gangster-gang-canvas1

If you are totally intrigued by the mixed media frenzy but don't know how to get started, I would suggest working on a canvas. :)



It is a very forgiving surface. You can spritz and drizzle mediums with wild abandon. And if all else fails, you can paint over it and start the whole process again.



Ordinary cardstock and even watercolour paper would warp if you "overplay" with them. But a canvas takes "abuse" quite well. *winks* Check out the in-process pics of this particular canvas.


I especially love to apply colorants and let them dry overnight...waking up to amazing textural surprises in the morning [okay..sometimes it might be icky surprises...*LOL*]. I know a lot of mixed media artists like to use a heat gun to speed up the process but I don't like how watered down mediums dry with a heat gun. Plus overheating the mediums can produce undesirable chemical fumes that could potentially be deadly [insert dramatic music...]


So, give canvas a go! And share your mixed media works of art with me! :)

This canvas was created for the LESSology Challenge #35: Tic Tag Toe. Can you spot my upcycled tag?


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Tuesday

Cherished treasures mixed media canvas for Imaginarium Designs


Cherished-treasures-canvas

This month, I am the guest designer over at Imaginarium Designs. :) Here is my first project - a 6x6 mixed media canvas.


The base of the canvas was covered with remnant pieces of white lace. Then gessoed. Found metal pieces were then adhered to the base with gel medium. Once the surface was dry, I added some Silks glazes over it. Then finished with a spritz of silver mist which trickled down the uneven surfaces and created depth.


I painted the Cherished Treasures chipboard with gesso and a coat of silver paint. Then added the blooms and some mica flakes to finish the canvas.

What do you think?


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Monday

Oh baby card


Oh-baby-card

Guess what? SRM now has a monthly challenge blog! Challenge #1 is all about Celebrations. :)


It was a quick card to assemble ...I took a piece from my collection of residual misted backgrounds, then added bits from my "save it for a rainy day" stash...[blooms + pearls that didn't make it on another project].




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Friday

An ode to the glass bead gel medium...


Gold-tag-with-glass-bead-gel

Hello friends! It's no secret that I love my projects with a little [okay, a lot of] sparkle! *winks* And one of my fave ways is to use glass bead gel medium. I love the subtle sparkle of glass beads that still lets you admire the texture underneath.


Like on this tag. Can you guess the elements here?

Here's how I got this effect...
1. Adhere lace on watercolour paper using gel medium.
2. Apply a layer of gold metallic paint.
3. Apply a layer of glass bead gel medium.


What is glass bead gel medium?
It is a gel that is densely packed with tiny clear glass beads. It can be used on its own or with acrylic paints to create texture and reflective effects. I love to use it with metallic paints for an opulent finish. You can also use it with acrylic glazes to fully exploit the reflective properties of the glass beads.

Image via Dickblick

Golden Glass Bead Gel

This is my fave glass bead medium. The glass beads are super dense and a little goes a long way. It is easy to spread with a palette knife or a paint brush. It dries fairly quickly in my climate [hot and humid]. It is however, rather pricey. 
Image via Dickblick
Liquitex Glass Beads

Only one art supply store in Singapore [that I know of] sells Golden mediums so when they are out of Golden Glass Bead Gel, I go for my second option - Liquitex glass beads. The consistency is less dense, that is, fewer glass beads and more gel. And the dry time is a lot longer [like most Liquitex products]. However, you can "exploit" these "flaws". I add some mica flakes in between the glass beads for more shimmer. It is also about 40% cheaper than Golden so I use this to experiment. 

What about you? Have you tried glass bead medium?


P/s: Happy weekend friends! Last weekend to play along with LESSology Challenge #34: Laundry Day!


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