Friday, September 26, 2014

Friends With Flair and Mixed Media

It is Friday - and I always try to use some Unity Stamps on Friday to share in their Friends With Flair challenge/share.

I have had this little project in my head for awhile.  I am going to make these for 4 very special women in my life.  They are my Ya Ya's.  We lost one of our Ya Ya's to breast cancer several years ago so it makes them even more special to me.  We kinda like to have a drink or two once in awhile so that is why this is so fun.  Plus one of our Ya Ya's winters in the Keys and several of us have visited her there.

 
This is a set that Unity made exclusively for Archiver's.  We use to have a store in Madison and I do miss being able to have paper therapy when I go to see my Mom.  Now I get paper therapy when I go to see my daughter in the Milwaukee area.  I even have a step out for you today on how I made the project.


The 4 x 4 canvas is covered with a page from an old dictionary.  I apply the dictionary page to the canvas with gel medium.


I then paint over the canvas with gesso.


I had bought a new pad of paper and it had some blue patterned paper in it.  It was basically blue on blue - a very subtle design.  I was hoping to achieve this same look with acrylic paint and then using different stencils and varying shades of blue paint and gelatos.


I did achieve the look I wanted.  It is amazing how the same color on top of the same color but in a slightly different shade can make such a subtle background.  


I then stamped my Santa on more pieces of gessoed dictionary pages.


I colored the Santas with various gelatos, Big Pens and anything else that helped me get the look I wanted.  Santa is dressed in some wackier colors but hey he is having his afternoon toddy.


Ok now I stopped taking pictures.  I am working on trying to do a complete tutorial so you will have to picture the steps in your head.  I stamped the sentiment.  I could not get the 5:00 to turn out so I decided to just write it on the paper myself.  I adhered the image and sentiment with gel medium.  I carefully added gel medium over the top of the entire project to protect it.  I added a few snowflake rub ons and flourishes.  I use to  hoard rub ons so mixed media is a great way to use them.  I added texture paste down at the bottom to make it look like a snowbank.  I also rubbed Stickles over the top to give it some sparkle.  Swiped some gesso around the edges and called it completed.

If you notice, I flipped my canvas again.  The triangles were supposed to be on the left side well they are on the top in the finished project.

I am also placing this on the Monday challenge on Simon Says Stamp which is to use stencils.

I really like how it turned out and I know my Ya Ya's will enjoy it also.

Happy Friday.

24 comments:

Doreen said...

This is fabulous,love the cute snowman.xxx

Ruby said...

Awesome canvas. Love the snow and the stamp that you used. TFS

Katie S. said...

What a cute idea! Love the canvas!

Donna K said...

Wow!! How wonderful. Love that you shared your process. What a darling project. Cheers to the YaYa's who make our lives special.

ionabunny said...

This is so cute. It made me smile. I'm sure your YaYa's will love it too Hugz

Tanya/Nonna said...

This is so much fun! Love the technique you used and that adorable snowman. I'm sure your YaYas will love them!

Kim Rippere said...

Very cute card! It is 5pm here.

Beth F. said...

Beautiful, beautiful!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Wow, this is just awesome! What a cute snowman!

Iris said...

Love the snowman.
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JPScraps said...

This is so CUTE! I'm sure your Ya Yas will love them.

Ruby N said...

great job!!!

Cybil Hart said...

Super cute!

Scrapper Myra said...

Cool and cute project.

Lisa :) said...

Such a beautiful canvas!! Love it!

Sue D said...

Very fun canvas and thanks for sharing how you made it.

Gaylynn said...

What a treat! Lovely project for your Ya Yas. Great story too. Thanks for sharing.

Terri Burson said...

Gorgeous!

Dawn Fields said...

So very cute! Your Ya Ya's are going to love it. Your story is touching.

Kris B said...

What a fun little canvas! love the sentiment and cute snowman!

Cynthia said...

Fun mixed media canvas, Barb. Your "Ya Ya's" will love it!

Marianne B in AZ said...

Great card and nice tutorial! I love the way you made your snow!

Anna-Karin said...

Great canvas!! Love the snowman and the snow. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

Miwa said...

Awesome project, love the snowman!