This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to use a lot of repeated shapes on a mixed media project.There's a story behind my project, and it starts with these cards...
I made about 50 of these last week to send to our supporters - each one has a unique gel print on it from my file (yay me for using them!!). Since I tore the bottom edge of each panel, I had a stack of torn pieces each 1-1.5" wide and 4" long.
And I could not throw them away.
I bought 3 of these Ikea framed mirrors at the Goodwill, and have altered one so far. I adhered the strips to the frame using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium - looooove this stuff. It dries with no trace, and so smoothly. Most of these pieces are gel prints or brayered sheets, but a few were done with PanPastels.
My next step was to stencil with Liquitex Gloss Super Heavy Gel to create a raised design - this is a really heavy-bodied gel with a lot of dimension. I used a stencil from Martha Stewart.
I added a little texture by rubbing a very thin layer of crackle medium to some areas of the project - it's white, so that toned down the colors somewhat, and added a roughness that helped pick up color.
I used a stencil brush to darken the edges and some of the stenciling with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle ink, then lightly rubbed Platinum Inka-Gold over the project for a vintage pearly shine.
Here's my completed project! It's very personal, and especially because of all those paper strips - a piece from each card we sent to our supporters, thanking them for the blessing they are in our lives. This is a strong reminder - to me - of how loved I am and how location doesn't change our hearts.
That sentiment from Unity stamps grabbed me, as did a few others that are from Donna Downey's line. One more picture... that beautiful turquoise embellishment is one of my Granny's earrings - I can't wear them (allergy) so I decided to work them into special projects.
Thanks for visiting me today!