I'm hosting this week's Mix-Ability challenge over at Splitcoaststampers... this week we're using the art concept below as inspiration. I love the concept of kintsukuroi, and the symbolism of these repaired pieces being more beautiful in the broken places. We've all had painful experiences, and our response is a choice - to remain broken, or to live from a place of brokenness that makes us real, stronger and more beautiful.
To create my first card, I started with a piece of cardstock that has long been used to protect my work surface when I paint. It's full of stamped portions, and the paint that spills over the edges of my other work. These pieces are my favorite bases for mixed media work.
I loved the red in this one - it really had an Asian feel. I cut a 3.5" square, then die cut the Leafy Branch die across the square. I carefully removed the cut piece, making sure I saved all the negative pieces that separated from the square. I cut another cardstock square slightly larger and painted it with gold Lumiere Acrylic Paint, then I cut the same branch from that piece. I laid the lower portion of the square onto a double-stick sheet, pieced the gold branch in, then pieced the top portion onto the adhesive.
The sentiment is from my last stamp release, and the bird dies can be found HERE.
For the second card, I used leftover pieces... the remaining painted gold cardstock, the branch die cut, the other half of the linen and red cardstock pieces, and another bird.
Here's how I laid out the pieces before die cutting the circle. Lydia's butterfly inspired me!
Here's an angled shot so you can see the sheen on that gold paint - I love it! The embossing folder is by Darice.
No rules for this challenge, except to use 2 or more art mediums, and to represent this art form in any way that is meaningful to you. I loved making these cards, and I hope you'll play along with us!