Mixed Media

A simple message on a homemade turtle card for an amazing person October 03 2016, 2 Comments

This Mixed Media turtle card was made specially for my cousin Kris. I wanted to simply say "hello" and tell her I think she's amazing. (Isn't that what cousins do?) 

The hello is stamped on watercolor paper in black StazOn ink and dotted with 3D Scribbles Iridescent Teal fabric paint. The edges were inked with blue alcohol ink. It's also raised off the card front with pop-dots to make it pop off the page.

The ivory cardstock paper the turtle is on was designed with so many different mediums. The sparkles come from a smattering of mica flake paste. The more you apply the more dense the flakes clump together and then harden looking like the mica in a stone. The light blueish dots are Faber Castell Metallic Mint Gelatos applied through a circle stencil that was randomly moved around the paper and then watered down and spritzed on with a toothbrush-like tool. Depending on which way the light hits the metallic Gelatos, the color changes between green and blue but continues to glimmer with tiny sparkles of silver. While I was "spritzing" I decided to add a little Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.

Those bright blue edges were made from one of my newest mediums I'm learning to play with...Craft Decors' Chalk Writers.  I used my fingers to smudge it on. The most outer edges of blue on the photo below are Tim Holtz Distress inks rubbed on with a foam dauber. (Told you there were a lot of mediums used).


A side view of the popped up "hello" shows how raised up it is by the size of the shadow it's casting below it. The side view of the stenciled turtle also shows how raised it is.

The turtle was stenciled using Delta Creative "Frogs and Friends" stencil with DecoArt's Texture Terra Cotta (pictured below) and was applied using a palette knife.

And my message on the inside was simple. (She is amazing).

Here's the finished card again. I pretty much explained how I made every aspect of it and then some.

Almost forgot...the brown paper underneath was applied using Elmer's Extra Strength Craft Bond glue stick. Below you can really see this card in the beginning phases of putting it all together.

These scraps of paper were edged in alcohol inks after they were ripped. If you tear a piece of paper one way, the edge of the paper is different then if you tear the paper in the opposite direction. 

I used 1/4" Red Tape to secure the turtle paper onto the front of this 5"x7" card.  Typically I use this tape when I need a stronger hold, especially when using thicker textured papers.

Kris has since received her homemade card via "snail mail" and let me know how much it was appreciated. Here's a pic of its new home. (Love it!!!)

Thanks for reading my blog and enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 10/3/16.

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.