Sunday, January 22, 2017

By the River

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a mixed media page for the Dusty Attic January 2017 Mood Board Challenge. This is a photo of my husband taken in Colorado. We were driving cross country,from New York to California, and decided to stop and look at a river.

I was inspired by the blue colors of the mood board. and the blue feathers.  I coated a piece of watercolor paper with gesso, the applied some gauze.  I put some texture paste on and mixed in some seed beads with it.  I applied many layers of different products, mainly watercolors. I also used vintage black and gold glitter, mica flakes in gold and silver, green alcohol ink, turquoise liquid pearls, Lindys Stamp Gang in a mix of teal and purple, micro beads,copper mica powder, and green mica powder.

I prepped the Dusty Attic chipboard with gesso, then painted with watercolors, and topped it with a little glitter, crackle paint, and gold mica powder.

You can see a lot of gold mica powder.

I used some sizzix leaves.

On the edges I used watercolors, Derwent Inktense pencil, and gold mica.

Here's the link to see the challenge:

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Traditions Around the World

For this challenge I used paper from an older 7 Dots collection, 9th Wave. The photo is from a long time ago of my husband putting the the topper on our Christmas tree. Decorating a real tree is a tradition that we enjoy every year.

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

More Than Words January Main Challenge, Celebrate & Bling

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a page for the January More Than Words Challenge.  I chose these two photos of my son, because they celebrate the joy of having fun! They were taken years ago  in front of my husband's childhood home, in beautiful Northport, New York. It's always exciting to go there in the summer because we can see family, enjoy the beauty of the area, and escape the Houston heat.

For the bling I've used mica flakes, gold mica powder, micro beads,copper wire,and a couple druzy style beads. I also used a Tim Holtz clock face,ornate plate,key, and some Ranger clear crackle. The green watercolor paint is Shimmers by Tattered Angels. The Prima flower in the middle has some chunky clear glitter on it, although it's hard to see in the photo.

The background paper is My Mind's Eye, Lost and Found, Market Street. Almost all the cut up pieces are tags from a sheet of baseball Paper House paper. Along with soccer, Nick played baseball for several years. There's also some ppr. with distressed edges from Bo Bunny. The flowers are Prima, from Engraver, and Coventry Roses,the leaves are also Prima.

I extended some of the tree branches with a bark color Inktense watercolor pencil, I also used it for all the shading on the page, I softened the pencil lines by brushing on some water.

I used Prima heavy Gesso to form a base so paint wouldn't soak into the paper, and also to tone down some of the detail and color of the page.

I used a lot of gold mica powder.

Thank you so much for looking! I hope you have a wonderful year, filled with all the things you love.

This page is for the following challenge:

Sunday, January 1, 2017

More Than Words Mini Challenge

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a tag for the More Than Words Mini Challenge.  I made a tag out of watercolor paper, and applied modeling paste with a TCW stencil. I sprayed the tag with water, then brushed on Tattered Angels mist and watercolors. I put the image and flower on with foam core board, and sponged on gesso on a lot of the surface of the tag. The metal wing is from a craft store, the music notes are a Tim Holtz rub on, mica flakes, micro beads and Sizzix butterflies are also on the tag.

Took this pic today,January 1st, with my new camera. Here's some more:

The above is the last of the new pics.

On the ribbon I put on some Dusty Attic chipboard.

Its a wonderful life is a Tim Holtz rub on.

The alphas are from a stamp that has the whole alphabet on it.  The flower is from Prima.
Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Peace on Earth

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a 12 x 12 mixed media page. I have used some beautiful Christmas papers to surround an old photo of my husband and niece. She's hitting him over the head with a foam bat. He's pretending to be in pain, hahaha!  You can see my father-in-law in the background.

Supplies Used:

To make this page I put the photo on white cardstock, layers of Paper House paper,and finally a piece of foam core board. I sponged on gesso, stenciled on texture paste, and poured on crackle paint.  I let the crackle dry overnight.  

I added gauze and gesso around the photo, then layered on glass glitter and mica flakes. I coated it all with more gesso, then started painting. I used a few shades of green and brown watercolors, and mists. 

I put on some flowers, a few die cut leaves I painted, metal, bling, green micro beads, and pearls. I made the dark edges on the layers under the photos with a watercolor pencil.

You can see I used gold mica powder underneath the photo.  Whenever I used paint or heat to dry things, I protected the photo with a piece of paper.

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

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fairy and Owl

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a Christmas card.  The" let it snow" is a die cut.   I painted white cardstock with gesso,  then applied a little gauze,followed by a mix of gold mica powder and water.   I brushed on a pale aqua Twinkling H20. I decided it kind of looked like a nest, so I put the two figures in, using a vintage illustration as a reference.I applied beads, micro beads, and vintage glass glitter to add texture.

I added a few tiny pieces of moss and feathers. 

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Tradition

Hi everyone!  Here is a page I've made for the More Than Words Challenge.   A tradition my father in law had was putting up a real tree every year for Christmas. The kids and grandchildren then decorated it.  Christmas was huge in the house, with all the Swedish traditions.

The flowers and glittery embellishments are handmade.

I put layers of Bo Bunny,My Mind's Eye, and Prima paper under the photo, I adhered some foam core board between it and the bottom paper, to give it some added dimension. I sponged on gesso on a lot of the page, and stenciled on texture paste.  I poured on clear crackle and let it dry overnight.  I painted with Tattered Angel Mists,,Winsor and Newton Watercolors, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils, and Lindys Stamp Gang.

You can see I used gold mica powder.

The silver glitter embellishments are wood, I got them from the local craft store. I painted them with gesso, dabbed on glossy accents, and poured glitter on. The flowers are white cardstock and made with Spellbinders dies.

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!