Happy Monday, Everyone! This week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge our theme is Add Some Texture. This is a really fun challenge as there are so many ways to add texture to a mixed media project. I love to add texture paste and dimensional pieces but it's really fun to experiment with textiles too. I've added some burlap string and shredded burlap to my mixed media panel. I hope you enjoy seeing the process and join us in the fun by creating your very own project and adding some texture.
Here is my "Imagination" mixed media panel:
I started with a 6" x 8" white chipboard panel and covered the entire piece with Dina Wakley White Gesso. I them let that completely dry. When the first coat of gesso was complete dry, I sprinkled on Paper Artsy Blackcurrant, Orange County and Lemoncello Infusions Pigment Powder. I then brushed over the sprinkled powder with more white gesso. This spreads the pigment powder over my entire panel giving it a woodgrain look.
When the first application of Infusions is completely dry, I sprinkle on more of the powders in all three colors. I gently spritz the powder with a Distress Sprayer making sure not to spray on the water but to pull the spray handle half way and let the water release onto it the panel in droplets.
When the Infusions are completely dry, I add my first layer of texture to my panel. I added the Tim Holtz Mini Numeric Stencil to the top and bottom of my panel with Ranger Texture Paste.
When the texture paste is completely dry, I lightly drew over the textured numbers with a Vintage Photo Distress Crayon. I sprayed some water over the colored areas and rubbed the crayon into the crevices of the stenciled area.
I wanted to add more color onto my background so I spritzed on some Picked Raspberry Distress Marker onto my panel using the Distress Spritzer. This is a wonderful tool and so under appreciated. It sprays on the most beautiful little spritzed color and is so much fun to use. It is definitely a tool you should add to your mixed media tool box. I highly recommend it.
To add a little bit more interest and color to my background I added the Darkroom Door Postcard stamp in Fern Green Archival Ink. I then inked the edged with the same ink.
I begin working on some of the elements for my project and begin cutting two of the Tim Holtz Lattice Framework pieces. I cover them with Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint by pouncing on the paint with the dabber. If you have the flip top paints, just put a little of the paint onto your craft sheet and pick up a small amount of paint with a mini blending tool and do the same. For the next step, the paint must be COMPLETELY dry or the technique will not work.
When the paint was completely dry on the lattice pieces, I cut them apart and brushed over the entire pieces with Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint. In a few areas spritz on some water and in other areas let the water pool. Wait about 15 seconds (do not let the antique bronze paint completely dry). Place a piece of paper towel over the lattice pieces allowing the paper towel to soak up some of the paint. Quickly PEEL off the paper towel (from top to bottom or bottom to top) and viola, you will have a distress metal look left behind.
I added some May Arts Pink Burlap String by intertwining it to one of the lattice pieces. This will add another type of texture to my project.
I begin working on my main focal point which is the Tim Holtz Layered Dragonfly. I cut out the dragonfly from Strathmore Watercolor Paper and begin adding layers of color started with the Peeled Paint Distress Marker. I brushed some of the marker onto my craft sheet and picked it up with a Tim Holtz Detailer Water Brush Pen.
I continue adding color with a Twisted Citron Distress Marker, Mowed Lawn Distress Marker and Crayon and also Vintage Photo Distress Marker and Crayon.
I wanted to add some stamping to the body of the dragonfly and chose one of the stamps from the IndigoBlu Tasty Textures stamp set and stamped that on with Potting Soil Archival Ink. I covered the wings with two post-it notepad sheets so I wouldn't get any stamped inking on the wings.
I brushed on Ranger Multi Matte Medium to the wings and sprinkled on Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter for some texture and sparkle. I also added Prima Black Micro Beads to the body of the dragonfly adhering them with the same multi matte medium.
When the glitter was completely dry, I brushed on some Peeled Paint Distress Stain one set wings closest to the dragonfly's body and spritzed it with water. I then immediately tipped the wings downward so the stain would run down the wings. I did the same thing to the other set of wings on the other side of the dragonfly's body.
I wanted to add some greenery to my project and used Tim Holtz Garden Greens to cut three different pieces using three different colors of card stock. I inked the edges of each with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I added some Prima flowers from my stash and some torn cardboard card stock inked with Potting Soil Archival Ink. My sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Big Chat sticker set.
Here again is my final "Imagination" mixed media panel:
I hoped you enjoyed seeing the process I used for my background and some of the elements on my panel. Adding texture to any mixed media project gives it so much interest. Please join us in all the fun and add your project to Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 gift voucher to their amazing store.