Happy New Year Everyone!
It's a brand new year - a fresh start! It's a time for changes, a renewed attitude and a time to move on! I hesitate to make specific resolutions but I do want to create as much as possible in the time I have and try to be as happy as I can in whatever I do!
It's also time for a new challenge over on the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog. I'm so thrilled to be staying on for another term with this talented crew! We have had a great response over the past 7 months and we thank each and every one who has participated in our challenges. This month marks our 8th challenge! The challenge is simple - "New to You"!! This can be a new technique, a new product - whatever New means to you!!
For my project I started with a 5x7 burlap canvas. Believe it or not this is my first time creating on burlap. I have several burlap canvases and burlap panels but I haven't used them. I started by applying some gesso on the canvas with a palette knife. I collaged some cheesecloth over the gesso. I then used a stencil and modeling paste to add some texture. Next, I added various ink sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Lindy's Starburst ink sprays are so pretty and have tons of shimmer. I used a variety of colors in blues, yellows and greens. I find that combining colors in the same family adds depth to a project. Here's a list of the colors I chose - all Starburst sprays:
"Grab a Guy Gold", "Wake Me Up Before You Go Gold", "Bells of Ireland Green", "Green with Envy Green", "My Mojito Green", "Shabby Turbine Teal", and "Tibetan Turbine Teal". I have to say, the colors aren't as vibrant on the burlap as on a white canvas, but still so pretty - something NEW I learned! I was liking the result but was then stuck for a focal point. I dug through my stash a found a copper colored metal star I picked up somewhere. I grabbed some Blue Inka Gold, a color I've never used (so NEW to me) and applied it to the star. I rubbed off the excess and it looked so different. Here's the final product ...
I added a Tim Holtz Ideology Word Stick Metal Charm - a perfect match for the star! Here are some additional views of the canvas ...
Our sponsor this month is Butterfly Reflections, Ink.
This is an adorable online shop with lots of mixed media products including Dina Wakely's AWESOME paints! The shop's prices are excellent and the shipping is very reasonable. You can win a $25.00 gift certificate by participating in our challenge! We are looking forward to seeing what you create and what is New to You!!!!