Hey all! Valentine's Day is around the corner and what have you gotten for your loved ones? The simple project below could be the way to go. It's a mixed media panel using the cosmo cricket gallery block but you could swap it out with a shadow box, or a canvas. Be sure to use lots of dimensional adhesives to make all the elements POP!
Step One (Click to enlarge photos): Prep the surface with Heavy Gesso White and cover the sides of the panel with whatever colours best fit the intended theme of your project. I recommend neutrals (black, white, brown, kraft or grey) because they help to ground the project while not competing with the rest of the elements that would be added on.
Step 2: Spray the insides of the shadow box with a watersoluble spray ink. I chose abandoned coral, re-inker diluted with water into a mini mister bottle, because of how well it matches the watercolour cut out images from the Kaisercraft paper. I also sprinkled some water droplets and used a stencil and a wet towel to 'remove' some of the ink from the surface. This technique works best if the area has already been gesso-ed (see step 1).
Step 3: Add your focal point! I painted some wood veneer numbers (I lined it up as 2016 because it'll be displayed in the shop and will have the practical purpose of reminding people of the year) with Art Anthology's Black Leather Jacket Sorbet which gives it some texture and shine to let it stand out slightly against the black painted sides of the shadow box. I arranged them in the box but *did not stick them down!*
Step 4: Embellish it away. I fussy cut some beautiful watercolour images from the Kaisercraft Paper collection which is very trendy right now (if you have skills in painting your own, paint it away!). Note that I layered some behind and in front of my focal point careful not to occlude or cover up the focal point. I embellish further on the corner of the outer rim of the shadow box and layered even more embellishments.
Note the following tips:
Tip 1: *Fussy cutting* Use a good quality and sharp-tipped scissors (you can get those from Made With Love from time to time) and while cutting, move the paper NOT the scissors. This makes the process a lot easier.
Tip 2: *Fussy cutting* Leaving a border around the images helps a lot because you do not have to turn into every crevice and allows the image to have more 'body' for dimensional layering.
Tip 3: *Layering and composition* Focus the layering structures on strategic areas rather than all over the place so the eye isn't too distracted by too many things happening everywhere and will not give the impression that the objects were haphazardly placed.
Tip 4: *Layering and composition* If you are working on a semi-symmetrical piece (in this case, rotational symmetry) make sure to try and replicate the elements between the two sides/corners so that it remains mostly balanced. Alternatively, you could allow the bottom to have slightly more embellishments to give the piece more 'grounding'.
Final Project pictures and close ups (supply list down below):
*Supplies are available at Made With Love*
Kaisercraft True Love My Love 12 by 12 Pattern Paper
Ranger Mini mister
Distress Re-inker: Abandoned Coral
Distress paints: Black Soot and Antique Bronze
Prima Heavy Gesso White
Art Anthology: Black Leather Jacket Sorbet
Beacons 3 in 1
Tim Holtz Bricked
Tim Holtz, Prima and Maya Road Assortment
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Wanderlust Number Clips
5) Altered Surface
Cosmo Cricket Gallery Block
Thank you guys for stopping by. Til next time!