It seems I must apologize again for my long absence. This was definitely not a willing one. Some of you may know that my father-in-law's health had been declining for awhile. He left us in his ninety-first year, on Saturday afternoon, November 24, to be with the Lord. We will miss him, but we are grateful for the years we've had with him and happy that he is no longer suffering. Our hope is in this: "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. For My Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." -John 6:39-40
I guess my new mixed media painting is appropriate for this week.
Hope Is Contagious
8" x 8"
Mixed Media on Cradled Birch Panel
After prepping the panel by sanding and coating with several layers of gesso, I painted in a light background with acrylic paints. I then transferred images of antique music to the surface with gloss gel medium. You can also use matte gel medium, but I think the image is cloudier when you do.
I then transferred pieces of an old French street map.
I brushed FW acrylic inks in Process Magenta and Process Yellow over the surface and then lightly sprayed them with regular rubbing alchohol. This makes a beautiful mottled texture in the ink. I began adhering collage elements, such as pieces of an antique French dictionary, pieces of old magazine pages, etc. For paper elements, I usually use liquid matte medium, brushed onto the surface and then again over the paper.
I used my pinking scissors to cut out some patterned paper.
Here is where the real fun started. Using the acrylic inks, I dropped them onto the surface with an eyedropper and allowed them to run down. Then I created the flowers. I mixed modeling paste with a few drops of acrylic ink for each flower. I drew the flowers on the paper side of freezer paper and cut a stencil from them. You can use an x-acto knife or small scissors. Laying each flower stencil on the surface, wax side down, I spread the modeling paste over the stencil. Then, I lifted the paper. Magic! I had sculptured flowers. I never get tired of this technique!
You can see them a little better in the close-up.
Next, I painted some bubble paper with pale lavender acrylic paint and stamped the surface. I smeared some of the blue tinted modeling paste randomly on the surface.
I prepared the next element, a butterfly in Photoshop CS5. It began as an ordinary butterfly, but I applied a gradient map filter to it (it breaks down the picture into a group of colors - some day I'll learn more about how it works!) When I was finished tweaking it, I printed it, cut it out and adhered it with matte medium.
I wanted to finish this quickly, since it's been so long since I posted. I didn't take as many photos at this point. I shaded the flowers with inks and acrylic paints. The black line work around the butterfly and flowers was done with a liner brush and Speedball Super Pigmented black ink. I drew in the swirls under the flowers with a Sakura black pigman micron pen. The tiny white writing and the white line work was done with a Sakura gelly roll pen. The tiny butterflies are another gel medium transfer. I painted the dots around the flowers with acrylic paint and the end of a paint brush. Using acrylic paint in Dioxazine Purple, I shaded the edges of the panel. I randomly dry-brushed some pale lavender paint. The butterfly is shaded around the edges with purple acrylic paint mixed with a little payne's grey. I used 527 glue to adhere the pink button. I printed my words in the My Underwood font and adhered them with matte medium.
I added some white linework with a gelly roll pen around the butterfly and I decided to include line work on top of it and above it as well.
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As always, if you have any questions, I'd be delighted to answer them. I am so very happy to be back with you again. Each of you who visits and comments makes my life so much brighter. I hope my little blog brightens your life too!
Until next time,