Sunday, 18 March 2018

Faith Is All You Need - Mixed Media Art

Hello everyone
I hope you all are doing well. I have a DT Inspiration for Let's Craft and Create Challenge Blog where the theme all month is Anything Goes + Option Easter. The challenge is midway and there is still more hop onto the blog and play along.
I am putting my project for the following challenges:-
  1. Words& Paintery March 2018 challenge
  2. Addicted to Stamps and more Challenge#283 - Holiday - My project is specially made to celebrate Easter which send out the message to have FAITH.
  3. Craft addiction Mixed media March 2018 Challenge - Moodboard
  4. Rhedds Creative spirit - March Challenge
  5. Creative Artiste Challenge Blog #36 - Anything Goes
  6. Creates and Makes challenge #19 - anything goes
  7. The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #46 - Use a stencil and 3 mediums - I have used faded floral stencil from Prima Marketing and mediums - Modelling paste, White gesso, Heavy body gel and acrylic colors 
  8. WordArtWednesday -week 326-327 - Anything Goes
  9. More mixed media Challenge - anything Goes optional green
  10. Creative challenge MMW # 26 - Spring Moodboard - Easter in celebrated in spring and thats my way to depict spring. Also I have incorporated blue, yellow and hints of green along with flowers in my project inspired by the moodboard.
  11. Scrapping4fun challenge #111- anything goes with flowers - I have used floral chipboard elements in my project
  12. Simonsaysstamp  Wednesday Challenge - Easter Inspired Moodboard.
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Now for the process how I made this project.
I started this mixed media piece on a egg shaped chipboard piece which I fussy cut and gave it a coat of gesso. I then added layers and textures using chipboard pieces and cheesecloth. I gave it all a good coat of gesso and thoroughly dried it.

Then, I made the cross with 2 layers of chipboard, added gesso and then texture to it using a Prima Marketing Fading Floral stencil. I adhered it to the front using some gel medum, Once verything was dry, I started to color it using 3 Camel Artists acrylic paints - Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cobal Blue hue, Cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Orange. I mixed these colors with Tinted Metallic paint silver Oak to add a little shine and sparkle to this project.
Once everything was dry, I dry brushed my project with gesso and then added more highlights using Prima Metallique waxes - Vintage Gold and White Gold. The sentiment is handwritten by me and adhered using gel medium.That finishes my project and I hope you all find some inspiration in it. Thank you for stopping by and have a great day ahead. 

Friday, 16 March 2018

Giveaway to celebrate 2nd Bloganiversary!!!!

Hello everyone
This is really exciting......Its a big day for me. I started blogging on 26th March, 2016 and its been very exciting every since. My blog will be 2 years old on 26th March and I would like to celebrate this occasion with you all with a small giveaway.I am holding this giveaway to thank everyone for the unconditional love and motivation I got from you all over the years. I wouldn't have come so far without all the support you guys have showed liking, commenting or even visiting me. Thank you guys....
Now....for the fun part......The giveaway will be held here on my blog and there are 8 prizes to be won. I would like to thank each and every brand that is generously sponsoring my giveaway....Thank you so much guys...... its really generous of each and every one of you to come and be part of my celebrations. The prizes are as follows:-
  1. ItsyBitsy - A brand that need no introduction. Itsy Bitsy is India’s no. 1 Hobby, Arts & Craft Store, a one stop shop for all creative supplies & also the largest manufacturer & Retailer of the finest range of Hobby & Craft supplies in India! It is a fabulous company which has everything a crafty soul needs from art supplies to paper crafting to decoupage needs to jewelry findings and more. With 20 retail outlets in India, its a popular store among the masses. To know more about them please, click HERE
            i.                         Blog Link

    ii.            Facebook link
    iv.            Instagram Page

Monday, 12 March 2018

Mixed Media Canvas - Dream

Hello everyone
I am so very happy to share this special canvas with you all today. Its my very first mixed media canvas and after months of watching and learning, I never gathered enough courage to make a mixed media canvas until a few days back. I do not know what happened but it just felt like I was ready and it took me 3 days to make this.....
I was nervous all the time when I was building the layers and I took pictures to capture the entire process. Because this was my first time, I did not dare take a video....but next time I am going to do a video to capture the process. I was unsure about how this will look and whether it will turn out the way I wanted it to......but once I started spraying colors......I was confident and very happy with the end result.
  I have made this for my bestie who has stopped I want her to look at this and know that "YOU DONT HAVE TO COMPROMISE YOUR DREAM TO MAKE ANYONE FEEL COMFORTABLE" and I strongly believe in this I always wanted to craft and a lot of people make me feel bad about it....but one day I saw this quote on internet and decided that I will work on my dream even if someone is not comfortable with it......Never looked back since then.
I am putting my project up at the following challenges:

  1. More Than Words - March 2018 Main Challenge - Comfortable and colour combo - I have used the color scheme and the word Comfortable on my canvas.
  2. Rhedds Creative spirit - March Challenge
  3. Mixed Media Place - February Challenge - Textures, teal shades and a new life - Butterfly is the inspiration I took from this moodboard.

I have used a lot of new products launched by Little Birdie crafts and in India it is retailed by Itsybitsy. I have used the newly launched Grainy Texture paste, Crystal Drops, Texture Sand, Soft Gel Mediums - Matt and Gloss and the faithful 2 in 1 Gesso and Modelling paste. Apart from all this, chipboard elements, buttons, bottle caps, burlap sheet, canvas and other embellishments are from the store. To adhere my most of the elements, I have used Monte Marte Gel medium Matt.
Here is the entire process with sit back, grab a beverage and I hope you all enjoy.

  • I started with a A4 size canvas. I primed the entire surface with White gesso and dried it thoroughly. Then I started to adhere chipboard pieces cut to various sizes. That was my base layer.
  • Once, it dried I went ahead and added some more texture using background chipboard elements.
  • Then, I started to build my layers and textures using some burlap and kraft tags which I backed up on chipboard. Initially I wanted my design to go from top to bottom so I arranged the pieces as such. 
  • I then added more chipboard elements - Gears. I added gesso to all the gears before adhering as it has a lot of nooks and carnies I couldn't reach after gluing it to the canvas.
  • I came back with more elements like buttons, metal embellishments like name label holders and bottlecaps, resin frames, chipboard locks, keys, butterfly, mdf numbers, buttoms and a Title - DREAM.
  • I left this over night to dry and the next morning everything was all dry. I went ahead and added gesso to everything. I added 2 coats on a few pieces but mostly just 1. 
  • I quickly dried it and then went in again to add more texture using my grainy texture paste, texture sand and crystal drops mixed with microbeads in gel medium. I added this to my canvas in corners and bottle caps and any where I felt more texture was needed. I did not adhere the butterfly and dream to the canvas. I wanted to do that at the end. I added grainy texture paste to that all well. Once it dried, I gave eveything a final coat of Gesso and now my canvas was ready to be painted. If you look closely, you will see more texture in places.
  • At this point, thorough drying was necessary or the gesso will start mixing with the colors once we wet the I let it dry for 3 to 4 hours to be safe and then started to add colors. The color palette used is Aubergine, Lilac, Turquoise and Teal with White. I used some cheap Camlin acrylic paints and I had only basic colors like red, blue, black and white. I mixed the colors to get the shades I wanted. I added a little water and then filled up spray bottles with my DIY colors.
  • I loved what I was seeing and I went ahead and completed the other half with more colors. 
  • I then, went ahead and highlighted all my textures by dry brushing white gesso. I took a white but I loved when everything came alive.... To add more interest, I highlighted very dimensional pieces by dry brushing White metallic paint...again a cheap one. I also added this to the butterfly  and the word dream. 
  • I added the missing lines from my quote and the canvas was done. 
Here are some closups of this project.

That's all from me guys, I hope you guys liked my project....Thank you for stopping by and have a nice day ahead.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Precious Moments - Mixed media Layout | Shabby chic | Scrapbook Layout

Hello everyone
Its been a very exciting week for me......I just conducted my very first workshop where I taught this mixed media scrapbook so excited to share this with you all. As many of you already know, I am a Design Team member for ItsyBitsy which is India’s no. 1 Hobby, Arts & Craft Store & also the largest manufacturer & Retailer of the finest range of Hobby & Craft supplies in India! ItsyBitsy has many stores throughout the country and it opened its 20th Store in India and 2nd store in Mumbai on 25th Feb,2018 and free craft workshops were conducted to celebrate this occasion. I was so thrilled when I was asked to conduct a workshop for scrapbook a dream come true. Apart for scrapbooking, mixed media, card making and decoupage workshops were also conducted for all the craft enthusiasts for free.
I have a tutorial for this layout on the ItsyBitsy blog and if it interests you, please click HERE.

I hope you all liked my layout. I am putting this project up for the following blog challenges :-
  1. Addicted to stamps and more Challenge#282 - Make your Mark- I layout is painted using some color splash sprays and waterbrush to give it a more controlled effect. Also it has splatters to bind everything together.
  2. All sorts challenge blog Week #457 - Ladies only- 
  3. Butterfly Challenge#96 - Spin the wheel with letter N- I have used butterflies, some Napier green leaves and no stamping in my layout
  4. CraftAddiction Challenge - March moodboard- The flowers and colors in the moodboard have resemblance to what I was thinking while making this layout.....blossoms, greens and warm colors....almost like a garden.
  5. More mixed media Challenge - anything Goes optional green
  6. Creative Artiste Challenge Blog #36 - Anything Goes
  7. Creates and Makes challenge #19 - anything goes
  8. Polkadoodles Crafting challenge# Week 9 - anything Goes
  9. The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #46 - Use a stencil and 3 mediums - I have used Inclined dots stencil from Itsybitsy and mediums - Modelling paste, clear gesso, Soft gel medium gloss and matt, Heavy body gel, color Splash sprays, acrylic colors on leaves and splatters.
  10. WordArtWednesday -week 324-325 - Anything Goes
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Thank you for stopping by and have a nice day ahead.