Mixed Media

A Caribbean Mixed Media Painting Sets Sail For Sending Good Vibes November 22 2015, 0 Comments

Let's say...the messages in this newly created 16"x20" Caribbean Mixed Media painting are meant to send good vibes. Like...

"Let your dreams set sail", "Getaway" and "Adventures".

It's fun to see what Caribbean and surrounding areas are included on the old vintage cruise map, which postal stamps were used to match with their location and finding all the ocean and beach themed images used. 


There are a lot of them. Ships with tall sails, a sparkling and glittering ocean, crab, fish, dolphin, mermaid, shells, waves, clouds, starfish, turtles, birds, an anchor and the sun.


Above is the upper right corner of the painting. The palm tree was not only stenciled with modeling gel, it was sprinkled with green and copper embossing powders and then heated up with a heat gun after drying. The effect this combination of mediums leaves is a "shrinky-dinks" puffy-like raised image. It's pretty noticeable in the tree's trunk in the close-up photo above. 



Sea coral, sand dollar, seahorse, course sand, canons and villages. 





The postage comes from my personal collection. It's more rewarding to see it in my art rather than inside an envelope, in a box, at the bottom of my closet. 

In these next three pictures blue iridescent waves are captured. This stencil was put on in three places with modeling creme. Depends on where the light hits it, it shines bright blue or can blend into the background like it wasn't even there! I did this with a couple of fish too.  See if you can find them throughout these pics.

Where's that dolphin you ask? Here it is. Made with a stencil and silver modeling gel. Then as I usually do, I shadow the image with either markers or watercolor pencils to give it depth. This dolphin image got both.

When I apply Glass Bead Gel, it leaves these little tiny bubble looking beads behind after it dries. Since I'm looking for a "water" look, I do not mix it with any paint. It dries clear and makes a great texture.

Below I can see the vertical white Gesso drips. This was achieved by mixing Gesso with water and splotching it on, while holding my canvas up straight, letting the excess drip off the painting. This is part of the layering process of building up the background of a Mixed Media painting. My creative mind lets me believe they are tendrils from white jellyfish in a jellyfish field.

And here is the full painting below. The edges are curled because it simply needs to be flattened. I was thinking of mounting this canvas board to distressed wood with rustic looking screws/bolts in each of the corners but I haven't figured that part out yet. It's the only thing left before it's added to the gift shop for sale.

Thanks for reading this blog. I hope I inspired you to either create your own or to book a vacation to somewhere beautiful and warm. Either way, you'd win.

By the sea...an ocean themed mixed media 8"x 10" canvas with seahorses and starfish August 15 2015, 0 Comments

 "Atop the mighty waves they danced, to the rhythms of the moon, in harmony with the song of the sea, they played in perfect tune". Those were the words that I chose to use on this ocean themed mixed media 8" x 10" canvas. They come from a really cool poem written by Wayne Marshall titled "Today The Dolphins Came To Play".  

As much as I love dolphins, I decided to use seahorses instead for this project. Some fish, sea flowers and seaweed/kelp were added in, colored, painted, lined and glittered-up.  An orange starfish is added to compliment the orange hues in the fish and some sea flowers. It all started coming together as I worked on it yesterday afternoon in the quiet of my studio (ahem, kitchen) and when I had finished it...I wanted to go to the ocean. Maybe it was the "by the sea" written in the middle of it all.  

I'm calling this "Mixed Media" because I've used so many various forms of mediums to create this piece. It has acrylic paints, watercolors, pen and ink, rubber stamps, embossing powders, glitter, modeling paste, glass bead gel, pearl mica flake, markers, paper and paper towels. Sometimes I get a kick out of what I can upcycle into my art. 

Here are some close-up pics to try and show you more of the details: 



Leave a comment if you'd like or ask a question if you have one. (We love both!!!) This mixed media art is something I think most people can do and I'm finding a lot of people that WANT to do it. The hardest part of this art is having the "stuff" and various mediums to put into it. Your creativity is unlimited and WILL create something when you want it to. 

Have a great day. I'm off to start another art project. Would prefer to go to the beach but since that's not happening, I'll settle on doing one of my favorite things in the world...making art.