Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Adventure

Today begins two new adventures in my life - a new boss and a new Etsy store.  I'll post here about both as we go along.  Since the beginning of 2011, I've taken 2 mixed media art classes online, from Christy Tomlinson at Scarlet Lime.  She is an amazing teacher and really fueled my interest in this type of art, which is really just an extension of the scrapbooking I've done for years.

What is Mixed-Media Art?  It is simply art incorporating more than one medium.  I use paper, acrylic paint, sprays, watercolors, oils, stencils,fabric, buttons, stamping, doodling, rub-ons, ribbon, lace and whatever else that strikes my fancy.  Just a couple of days ago I came across some rub-on titles that fueled my imagination.

First, I'd like to show you some of my mixed media artwork and describe each.
Dreams Can Take You Anywhere
This is one of my first pieces, mounted on a 10" square canvas.  There are a couple of layers, beginning with a piece of ledger paper then paint, rub-ons, paper, buttons, stamping and half of a zipper.  The flowers remind us of the beauty that God created, while the butterflies symbolize how our dreams can "take us anywhere."  This piece is not for sale - it was created as a gift for someone.
Eat Drink and Be Scary is a piece I did several years ago as a gift for my son.  Incorporating a page from an acrylic scrapbook album, the picture and papers are attached to the back of the acrylic.  The black title and leaves are glued to the front.  After punching holes in the plastic, two brads adorn the lower left corner of the picture and ribbon is woven through two holes below the picture.  You can definitely see the scrapbook origins of my mixed media pieces here.

Enjoy and come back again for more - as soon as I take some pictures!

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