Iris created this wonderful piece of art from a block of 6x6” wood! (and some fabulous techniques and beautiful embellishments.. ) Read on to learn about her process.
Iris has been playing with paints and inks for a while now, and she believes that a good project will always start with a good base. If you want to make sure that your mediums will blend nicely on your surface then you have to make sure that you prime your surface to get it ready for all the materials you will load it up with as you build your project. For this piece, Iris used a 6 x 6 block of wood. It was very rough so she used a thick coat of white gesso to prime it. She layered the gesso using a palette knife making sure to get a good coverage but not exactly aiming for a smooth finish. She likes to leave scrape marks here and there for texture.
As soon as the gesso has fully dried, Iris then applied several coats of Tattered Angels glimmer mists. She sprayed the mists close to the wood to get a nice saturation of colour on specific areas. She then allowed each colour to dry before adding more. This way, you will see different layers of colours and you will avoid getting a muddy colour which sometimes happens when two or more colours of ink blend in.
Next comes the texture. Iris simply mixed three types of mediums to get a varied texture throughout the surface of the wood. She used a palette knife and the Crafter’s Workshop Punchinella template to apply the mediums. Let the mediums dry completely before moving on to the next step.
This is a result of combing several colours of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze over a chipboard piece that was texturized with gesso.
Iris used the Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam here for a touch of colour and fine glitter.
Paint is like a magic ingredient for mixed media, with a wide variety of types, densities and colours to choose from. Whether it is a touch of watercolour paint or layers of heavy-bodied acrylic, paint can add depth and interest to a project. As for paint techniques, the sky is the limit - so to speak - but there are certainly a few methods that can give you a great starting point!
With the top layer of paint, the sponge brush was twisted as the paint was applied to the canvas, creating a swirly circle each time. The colours also blended together with this effect, which can be quite fun!
Janine explored a lot of different techniques with Paint Daubers in this layout to create a fun mixed media page that pops with delicate colours from the Crate Paper Little BoPeep range of papers.