March 28, 2018

Altered Wall Art


Hi everyone! Today, I have a very fun project to share with you! A few weeks ago, I was thinking I needed something for my wall in my scraproom. I searched online for something pretty with lots of color and shapes/patterns and saw some paintings that were a few hundred dollars...and I didn't even like them that much! So, I sat at my computer searching other websites and I just wasn't feeling it. Then I talked to Wendy for a little bit on the phone and was like, I gotta go... LOL, I have an idea. hahaha, I just love when that happens. I didn't waste any time. I pulled out a piece of white cardstock and applied lots of Bad Girls Couture's gesso to it. While it was drying, I pulled out stencils, paints, mists, Nuvos, stickers and buttons. I had a vision!!

 

When applying gesso to cardstock, I don't worry about making sure it's completely smooth because I want to add some texture to my project. Notice the messy look... You'll see what I mean later in the post. :)

 

I used several stencils on this piece with a variety of different bright colors. I started with the darker color (blue) first using a mini circles screen. The brayer helped flatten the acrylic paint. Then I added some orange mist and blended it in with a baby wipe. Initially, I was going to use a pink butterfly. If you look closely, it's there... but isn't really clear. I decided to use the white paint to mute it down some. I used the cap to add a few bigger circles in the background, here and there. I used a scribble stencil at the top left-side of the paper using the orange mist to give it a rougher appearance. Once the paint dried, I added a little bit of lime to break up the orange, blue and pink a bit by applying a small dot on the brayer and rubbing in on the layout... By using a little at a time, I had more control over the color.

 

Here's a glance at some of the stencils I used for the background.




I used Bad Girls Couture's Molding Paste and a triangle stencil to add more dimension to the background. I decided to keep it white so it would pop off the page more... rather than mix it with some acrylic paint.

 

I was going to stamp a girl with wings to the center and it didn't turn out well... so I covered her up with some more paint and splashed some more orange paint to the background. That is one thing I like about creating a mixed media piece...you can easily cover up your mistakes!

 

I love a little touch of black with bright colors... So I used this splatter stamp and some black ink. Then made swirls in the center of the splatters. Once the Nuvo dried, I added Jillibean Soup Buttons to the center using Tombow Glue. This glue is awesome... Nothing is coming off this page with this glue.
 

As an after thought, I added the chipboard hearts as well. I left them in their natural color since I had enough color... These chipboard hearts are by 7 Dots Studio. I glued some Doodlebug rhinestones to the center of the buttons just for fun.

 

And here is the final piece! I just love this piece and I especially like the fact that I didn't have to pay a few hundred dollars for it! What do you think?

 

And here's what it looks like framed. I was looking for a 12 x 12 metallic frame, but then I decided to just go with a gray frame.



Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope I've inspired you to experiment with your mixed media products. It's sooooo therapeutic and fun. I totally want to try this again. :)

 -Nicole

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