Friday, May 25, 2012

Thank you for ART

This would be my 1st attempt to produce a piece of mixed media art, on a thrift shop sketch book. Credit must be given to these inspiring artists which influence my work. These are few of great blogs of artists which I subscribe and read them to get inspirations and ideas.

Aida Haron
Christy Tomlinson
Donna Downey
Nathalie Kalbach N* Studio
Revlie Schuit

Couple of days ago, as I was rearranging some really really (decadesS) old music scores, there were a few stray sheets which were photo copied ones. I decided to just reuse them for the art journal. I mod-podgedtwo pages of the thrift shop sketch book tore the music score. I didn't quite like the the initial coverage of TH distress stain Antique Linen and TA French Vanilla, after I saw how the colors end up after drying.  I finally decided to just do it - CHANGE. Anyway I had the time yesterday because we stayed home with Shawn as he had spots on his legs and hands yesterday and was having fever, so we sent him to doctor. Thankfully it's not HFMD, it's just viral fever. While the man was busy going through tonnes of work phone calls on his off day, Shawn and I were busy with colors. He requested to paint. So he had his ME- time, I had my own ME-time, was in the yard spritzing away in a closed box.

I took out the some bottles and misted in this order - October Afternoon Lemon Drop, Studio Calico Custard and Estate Green. Splattered a little SC Overdue. While the colors are still wet, I took Stamper Anonymous Floral tattoos stamps with no acrylic block, did the stamping from the colors onto different parts of the paper and used a heat gun to dry the colors. Next up is OA Spruce Tin and Maya Road Eggplant purple (which look pretty dark!) I took some ink out from MR mist with paper towel to lessen the intensity. Using the same set of stamps I dab, dab, splat  and transferred onto  other sites of the paper. There we go there are some faint looking images all over the page. See that masking tape on the binder rings, it's meant to protect them. But I did a boo-boo I did one spray AFTER I removed it, so they got a little green stain on. :)

Ooo.. I recently bought texture paste and experimented with stencil on this page. Well, supposed to be butterflies but everything seemed so smudged after I lifted the stencil. It's ok to be imperfect. After the paste dried up, I used Perfect Pearls - Heirloom Gold and Pewter to brush over it and some other parts of the page to give some shine (more obvious in real life than in the photos below). Gesso was spread to create white space for sentiment stamping. The stamps used are Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous Nature's Moments. Distress inks were used the bird and flowers were added to the page. I certainly love these inks... except they are water based And the sentiment is also Mr Holtz's Stampers Anonymous Words for Thought.

I'm pretty happy with the outcome. Just need to play more with inks, paints and lay my hands more often on texture paste to create art :) I'm loving ART! And hey, this is from my kid (who spent 1/2hr doing his little project while I spent many hours on mine)

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  1. This is gorgeous michelle!

  2. love it although i m not very into mixed media =) u rocks it!

  3. Hey there Michelle, thank you for sharing your fabulous piece of art with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show, love your background, love the colors you did a great job. Thank you for sharing. Hugs Terry xxx