Sunday, March 19, 2017

Rich at Tahoe

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a page for the latest 7 Dots Challenge.  This is a photo of my husband at Lake Tahoe. We had a house about 45 minutes away from it, where we lived for two years.

February is the month of love, and I have tried to express my love for my hubby with paper and paint.  


To make this page I used the beautifully elegant paper, tags, and stickers, mostly from 7 Dots Writer's Block. I put watercolor paper under my photo, I had painted it with LSG colors. Under that is a layer of corrugated cardboard that I put gesso on, then some more LSG. The bottom layer is canvas that I sprayed with water, then pulled off horizontal threads with pliers and a straight pin, then painted with LSG over gesso. I brushed on gold acrylic paint by Firefly.


I painted on gesso on the page around the layers.

I did some stencil work with a Tim Holtz die cut, a brass stencil, and home made texture paste.


To add visual interest I added micro beads, wire,beads, Tim Holtz and other brands of metal,a little chipboard, and bling.



To sort of tie things together I brushed gesso on randomly.


You can see a little stamping, chunky glitter, jump rings, distress glitter, and mica flakes.


Thank you so much for looking, and have a great day!


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March More Than Words Main Challenge, Princess in Watercolor

Hi everyone, Melissa here with an art journal page for the March 2017 Main Challenge Beautiful and Butterfly. 



I titled this Princess in Watercolor,






This is my version of Alphonse Mucha's Princess Hyacinth. Mucha painted the original, of the lead actress of a ballet called Princess Hyacinth, in 1911.  




  I started with a 12 x 12 piece of watercolor paper, did the central painting, then applied layers of gesso, Lindy's Stamp Gang ,and gold mica powder around it. I did the painting freehand, using Winsor and Newton watercolors, gesso, and Derwent Inktense watercolor pencil. To add visual interest I also used texture paste with a stencil,gauze, micro beads, and rock candy crackle paint.  I wasn't happy with the 12 x 12 and cut it down to fit my 9 x 12 art journal.








Thank you so much for looking, and have a great day!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Fairy Tale Mind

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a small wall hanging for Mixed Media Warriors Design Team! I'm going to hang this on a wall in my scraproom, it'll look cute with all the other projects I've put up. 


I drew a rose using a photo from a book about flowers as a reference and put a little texture paste on top with a stencil. The rest of the watercolor paper has a few layers of Prima Heavy Gesso.To add visual interest I added a lot of embellishments around the edges: the white flowers are from a local scrapbooking store, the baby photo is from Pion, Grandma's Attic Papers. The stickers are from 7 Dots, the pink paint is Rambling Rose by Lindy's Stamp Gang.  The green is a mix of sap green and burnt umber from Winsor and Newton. The brown is Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencil.  I used micro beads, seed beads, a tiny brass lock by Vintaj,a little bird from Graphic 45, a rose from Bo Bunny, a fairy from an old Christmas card,tiny butterflies die cut from Sizzix, tiny Prima stamped butterflies, and the metal wing is from Hobby Lobby.




I used Rock Candy Crackle paint and brushed brown and pink on the dried surface of it, on top of some brown chalk.


I put gesso and then green paint on the white roses.

There are two layers of watercolor paper under the top one. On top of the second layer is tulle, under the bottom one is pink,then green ribbon. The crinkle ribbon is by Tim Holtz.


The little pigs are wood that I put crackle and paint on.




Thank you so much for looking, and have a great day!




Thursday, March 2, 2017

Beautiful Girl and Spring Colors

Hi everyone! Melissa here with my Design Team take on the March Mood Board, at Mixed Media Warriors. Spring is the best season here in Texas, and we're right in the middle of it now. 
  I have used a photo of my son's beautiful girlfriend,Aron. 


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I used the color palette in the bottom middle photo of the moodboard.







To make this page I took a sheet of 12 x 12 watercolor paper and put some gauze on with gesso. I put homemade texture paste on with a few stencils. I painted it with a mix of white acrylic paint and Lindy's Stamp Gang. I painted over some of the page with white paint to create some negative space,  then used a brush to apply texture paste to several areas.





To add visual interest I put on flowers, pearls, die cut sizzix leaves and butterflies,micro beads,seed beads,and bling.




I ran a bark colored Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencil over the surface by holding the pencil sideways,I wanted to make the gauze texture more visible.




I used several kinds of Prima and Petaloo flowers.  I made the chiffon purple one.




Thank you so much for looking, and have a great day!











Tuesday, February 28, 2017

More Than Words February 2017 Mini Challenge

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a card for the Mini Challenge at More Than Words! You could make a card, ATC (artist trading card), or tag. Since February is the month of love, you had to put the word "LOVE" on it.  I am very mushy on the inside, so using this theme wasn't much of a stretch!



I made this card by layering watercolor paper, and then I handstitched a border with embroidery thread.  I applied home made texture paste with a Prima  Stencil, Royal Menagerie Collection, Decor 1,and a credit card.  I painted the whole thing with Winsor and Newton Watercolors, in sap green and burnt umber.  I sponged Prima Heavy Gesso on to create negative space around the embellishments.





To create more visual interest I added tulle, microbeads, seed beads,bling, metal, and moss. The cherubs are from Authentique Paper.


The "Love" is part of a wood chipboard piece. I used Bark Derwent Inktense watercolor pencil on the edges of it by holding the pencil sideways and drawing it along the edges. Some of the pink paint on the edges of the card is Lindy Stamp Gang's Rambling Rose. 




You can see a little gold mica powder I brushed on the card.The flower is by Prima, the leaves are sizzix die cuts that I watercolored.  

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!



























Sunday, February 19, 2017

Once A Upon a Time

Hi everyone, Melissa here with my entry for the 7 Dots Challenge for January 2017, the Monochromatic Project.  I have used paper and stickers from the Writer's Block collection from 7 Dots.  The photo is of my husband's grandparents, who immigrated from Sweden to the US in the 1920's.


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I put gesso on the page with a credit card.  


I cut a chipboard frame into four pieces, prepped it with gesso, painted it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Peony Scarlet Red, and dried it. I'm not sure what brand the chipboard is. I poured on a thick coat of Clear Rock Candy Crackle and let it dry overnight.  I took a Prima - Royal Menagerie Collection- Stencil Mask - 6 x 6 -Decor 1 stencil,and applied some homemade texture paste as kind of a frame around the central area.



The flowers are Garden Fable by Prima.  I put gauze on the page and brushed it with gesso. After I dried it,I took a Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencil in Bark, held it sideways, and put pencil all over the gauze.  I then brushed on water to soften the lines.


I sponged on white gesso over some of the black areas. I painted the edges of the flowers with gesso,drew on them with a little Bark pencil, softened the lines with water.  I applied glossy accents, and sprinkled on clear glass glitter.



To add more visual interest I put on some small things,tiny die cut Sizzix butterflies, rhinestones, sequins, shells,and pearls, 





I painted underneath the frame with Windsor and Newton watercolor in black.



Thank you so much for looking, and have a great day!






Thursday, February 16, 2017

Together, My Family & I

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a canvas I made for the More Than Words February challenge, 2017! 



The photo is one of my family together, and I used an AMPERSAND as part of  the title.
This was taken at Fort Davis, near Big Bend National Park in West Texas. Three other families went also, it was one of the best vacations I ever had. Big Bend is an amazing place, we rented a cabin and with our friends, explored  different areas of the park, hiking, and taking a lot of photos.




To make this canvas I prepped it with gesso, put some gauze on with gesso, applied home made texture paste with different stencils, and painted with a variety of products. Among them were Lindy's Stamp Gang, Windsor and Newton Watercolors,Vintaj Patina Paint,and Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils. All the gold you see is mica powder applied with a brush or rubbed on with my finger. I layered paint with layers of Prima Heavy Gesso. There is some Prima Art Alchemy paint too.





To create more visual interest I added a variety of materials, Mica flakes, glass glitter,seed beads, micro beads, Vintaj metal, Tim Holtz metal, Prima flowers, Sizzix butterflies,metal chain, and more.



I splattered on Lindy's in teal.


The words are from Tim Holtz.  The AMPERSAND is from a craft store.


The little gold tags are from Art C.


The stamp I used is by Prima.



 The little owl is by Vintaj, the compass metal is Tim Holtz


I put a thick layer of Ranger Clear Crackle on the AMPERSAND,and let it dry overnight.


You can see some druzy quartz at the lower right corner.


The big key I got at Kirkland, a store that sells things to decorate your house with.


I'm putting this on a wall in my craft room. It has a lot of the embellishments and paint that are a part of scrapbooking and mixed media work that I love,and the photo is so evocative for me, of a time and place that I love.


Thanks so much for looking, and have a great week!