Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mixing things up with Alicia Barry

Welcome to another Memory Maze post. 

Create canvas

My first project today comes with a little story. In January this year I attended CHA and took a mixed media canvas class from a well respected international tutor. (I very rarely take classes). Long story short... I followed the tutor to the letter and ignored my instincts and the result was a canvas so truly awful I didn't even bring it home. I did however, promise to try it again someday. That day has come.
I recently hung out with my friend and artist Sue Smyth, and picked up a few tips. I have delved into mixed media head on, and here is my result. My first ever full size canvas piece that I actually like and don't wish to ceremoniously burn to bits. So what do you think? Have I managed to conquer the genre of mixed media, or should I stick to paper art (feel free not to answer that).








To create my canvas, I started with gesso, and a layer of crumpled tissue paper. I then added texture paste through  a stencil. Next I layered my chipboard pieces.  I also added metal items, paper flowers, mesh, tulle, dew drops and buttons. I covered the whole thing in plenty of gesso then started building up layers of colour. Next came more stencilling with glitter texture paste, some distress glitter glass glitter and mica fragments. Once dry, I dry brushed silver lustre paste around the edges and to the relief sections.

Finally after all hat, I treated the canvas as would background paper and added my photo and some floral embellishments.

Mixed media master or not, I'm pretty pleased with the result, and really enjoyed the process. I'm looking forward to trying another one.  I hope to have this on display in my tutor gallery at the Scrapbook and Papercraft expo in June. 


Memory Maze supplies used:



Live, laugh layout
My second project is a pretty little layout. Notice how I have used a left over chipboard section from my canvas project?



Memory Maze supplies:






Thanks for looking


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