Posted by Susan on Monday, July 07, 2014 in , ,
I had an idea I wanted to try. I wanted to create a velvet flocked black damask pattern on a red background. At first I tried applying Mod Podge through my damask stencil - that created a blotchy mess so.....pull out the baby wipe and remove all that. Then I tried acrylic paint and a palette knife. Again, a blotchy, undefined mess. Try number three was acrylic paint and a sponge, dabbing the paint that was lightly applied to the sponge through the stencil worked better. Again, I lost some definition to the pattern, but it was still usable and I kind of liked the "un-perfectness" of it!

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So, black acrylic dabbed on, velvet flock added quickly while the paint was still wet, not worrying if the whole design took the flock, since I had now decided to go in a distressed direction.

Once that was done I just started adding elements - rub ons, stamps, pictures, chipboard elements from the DCWV Immortal Love collection, jewelry bits.

In the end I like the result, although it doesn't photograph as well as I would like because of the vibrant red background. Here are some page close-ups.

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A Day at the Office

Posted by Susan on Monday, July 07, 2014 in , ,
I'm going to let people interpret the title of this piece however they choose. It's meant to be humorous, and if you look at each layer piled on top of each layer then you can apply it however you will. 

This layout started out heading in one direction and turned into a rather "Halloween-like" piece. Again, kind of an allegory for how a work day can go :D

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The Elements

Posted by Susan on Monday, July 07, 2014 in
Okay I haven't posted in forever. Sorry folks.....I'm working on getting back into the creative groove. To that end, I've been playing a lot with mixed media and my art journal, so you're going to see a lot of new types of work from me.

Below you will see 4 new art journal pages that kind of work as a set. Years ago my Mom did some Artex® paintings that I have always loved. They are of the 4 elements - Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.

I decided to do an art journal page for each and get them displayed. I glued them to the page using Mod Podge, then added light molding paste around the edges which I then painted with gelatos and acrylics.

Here is the result:



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