Monday, September 2, 2013

Time To Dance

Happy Labor Day to everyone! I wanted to share a mixed media canvas I made this week for a challenge site called "Let's Get Shabby." We had to pick a season from this picture as inspiration:
And then create a layout, card or off the page project.  I made a mixed media canvas based on the Spring photo, I loved the image of the ballerina and the flowers. 
First I picked out some papers I thought I may want to use on the canvas:
Then I used mod podge to adhere the papers/elements.  Gel medium would work great too! I also brushed a layer on top to seal in the images and also to ensure any paint or mist I used wouldn't just sink into the papers.
I then added this lovely chipboard picture of the dancing girls and some random corregated cardboard and other chipboard pieces, as well as some cheesecloth.  Trying to build up some texture, I continued by scraping some modelling paste through a stencil on the right top and left bottom corners. I also gessosed the images to tone them down and to make them blend together more.
The fun part! I added various colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang mists, glass bead gel, some stamping and some flowers.  I found some pink sparkly alpha stickers so added "time to" with them.
These giant chipboard alphas were kinda white so I added 3 different colors of distress ink to give them some color.  I then embossed them with white sparkly embossing powder that's hard to see in the picture. 
I just added more color and blended til I was happy, then threw on some rub ons and a lace border and I was done.  So much fun, it came together pretty quickly once I had the idea in my head. It's so fun to get messy and experiment with the different colors/mediums, you just have to go for it!

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  1. your work is beautiful! I've been so lazy about blogging and really need to start spending more time on it! Stop by if you get a chance!...Lynne

  2. Sara, your work is great. I loved the details in how you showed your layering technqiue. I will have to do for my blog. I really love, love all the layers you really put a great deal of time & effort to put a really great piece together thank you so much for sharing & inviting us to your blog.

  3. Oh MY!! This is a fabulous shabbychic interpretation of Spring!!! Love your tutorial- very inspiring indeed! Gorgeous image of the dancers, so glad you have taken part... thanks for playing along with Let's Get Shabby!

  4. You have created a beautiful Mixed media canvas, and I can definitely see how the Spring photo has inspired you. Thanks for playing along at Lets Get Shabby.

  5. Such a load of inspiration! Thank you for sharing and joining LGS challenge!

  6. It's a wonderful mixed media project, I love your very inspiring tutorial and your canvas is beautiful!!, thanks for sharing and joining Lets Get Shabby challenge

  7. This is great love all the different papers you have used. Thanks for playing with us at LGS.

  8. This is great love all the different papers you have used. Thanks for playing with us at LGS.