Thursday, October 19, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci

Hello! I'm here with my entry for the 7 Dots September Challenge: Favourite Historical Figure.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a painter, an architect,inventor, and student of all things
scientific. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term "Renaissance
Man." Today he remains best known for his art, including two paintings that remain among the world's most famous and admired, Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. Art, da Vinci believed, was indisputably connected with science and nature. To make this page I have used paper, die-cut elements, and tags from the Writer's Block collection.

To make this page I glued 7 Dots Studio paper onto a piece of watercolor paper, so that it would stand freely outside when I did photos. I covered the page with mat medium so the paints and mediums didnt get absorbed by the paper. I put the layers of tags together for underneath the image, which Id mounted on some corrugated paper. I put texture paste on with a Prima stencil. I put some cheesecloth under the layers, I had dyed it with black gesso and water.

I painted around the circles with watered down black gesso, and also a Bark colored Derwent Inktense pencil. I put layers of copper and gold mica powder, and Steampunk Copper all around. I added some turquoise color with Liquid Pearls, and Finnabairs Mermaid Teal.

For added visual interest I added metal glitter, seed beads, micro beads, small pieces of dyed blue, I used Lindys Stamp Gang Tibetan Poppy Blue, and black cheesecloth, Vintage Glitter by Tim Holtz, sequins, and more.  The ribbon on the tag is silk from my LSS, dyed with Black Magic mist by Heidi Swapp.  On almost every circle I put on copper paint, copper Lindys, then a layer of Glossy Accents and Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint. I rubbed more copper mica powder and paint on, then a little Liquid Pearls.  

At the end I thought things looked too busy, so I sponged on some white gesso, then painted with copper and rubbed on more copper mica powder.

The chipboard is layers of several kinds of paints and mediums, mostly Finnabairs Steampunk Copper.

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


  1. this detail is brilliant. and such a great historical person. one of my favs. Thanks for joining us at 7 Dots Studio.

  2. Melissa, this is IMPRESSIVE! Great choice of paper as the background!

  3. Beautiful layout :-)
    Thank You for joining us at 7 Dots Studio this month :-)

  4. Beautiful layout! Thanks for playing at 7 Dots Studio!

  5. Oh wow, your work is always so magnificent...Thank you for joining 7 Dots Studio challenge.

  6. Wow! So beautiful textures and colors! Amazing layout!
    Thank you for joining 7 Dots Studio challenge!

  7. just amazing!!!! the sketch, the colors, all you love love .thanks for playing with us at 7dots studio challenge this month

  8. Wow!!!! Stunning!!! I'm in love!!! So magnificent! Thanks for joining us at 7 Dots Studio

  9. Stunning layout! Love the rustic feel!