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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Design Memory Craft Design Team call

I'm applying for the Design Memory Craft Guest Designer.
The last couple of years my style of crafting has changed so much!
There are so many products available and I love trying new ones and learning new techniques.
 
Faber Castel Gelatos have become one of my favorites!  There are many ways to use them.
Creating mixed media has endless possibilities. I've used canvas for this project.
I started by applying gesso to a 9x12 flat canvas.
I mixed some Tim Holtz stain to modeling paste and applied to my canvas using a brick stencil.
It needs to thoroughly dry before continuing.
 I used the 3 colors of gelatos and roughly colored in the "unstenciled" areas.  (I realize that's not a real word-but blank area sounds so plain!)
 Using an old paint brush and a little water, I started moving the colors around.  It looks like a hot mess below-but wait for it!!
 I sprayed water on it.  This step is entirely up to each individual-how much water you want to use, how much drippage you'll achieve. (spell check is again telling me-drippage is not a word! I think it aptly describes what I'm doing!!) 
 I started drying the runs with my heat gun. I also love the look of dabbing off with a paper towel. Don't be heavy handed or you'll remove too much of your color.
 To bring accents to my bricks, I did a couple of things.  Rub the gelato on your craft mat and use a paint brush to bring in color around the edges.  I also used the Faber Castel White Pitt Pen to add highlights to the corners.  Lightly dab with the paint brush to smooth and combine the colors.  Your canvas needs to be dry, so keep using your heat tool.
Using a clock stencil, I stippled Picket Fence distress paint in several areas.  I had a tiny amount of this brown smooch spritz and I held it back and sprayed a couple of times.
 I'm embellishing the canvas with MME designer paper and chipboard accents, die cuts from Memory Box, a lace doily from Wild Orchid flowers and printed my Baby Info on my computer.
 I punched holes at the top corners of the canvas and attached some blue and white cord I had in my stash.  Made it a little long-my daughter in law can adjust it when she hangs it in the baby's room.
 Below is an extra photo showing off my new grandson!! Isn't he precious?  Brianna hugs and kisses him.  I'm sure that will change as they get older!
 I love how it turned out and will make a beautiful gift for her!  Showcases my two favorite grand children!! (my only grand children-ha!)

Keep your fingers crossed-hopefully my style and creativeness will catch their eye and I'll be asked to join their team!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be inspired to make your own mixed media project.
If you have any questions, please let me know-I'll be glad to help you.



 

4 comments:

Leslie Germain said...

Your canvas is GORGEOUS! That picture is adorable - love all the techniques you used!! Best of luck.

Marisa Job said...

Beautiful project, love the background!! I hope you make the team, good luck!!

Karen Letchworth said...

Great job, Karen. I always love seeing the entire process and how things are created. Thanks for sharing!
Karen
P.S. Come share with us at Word Art Wednesday!!!

Lisa M said...

Best of luck to you!!!! I would love to hear good news :)