Monday, August 24, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015- August

For this months tag I chose to pay tribute to my all time favorite artist Salvador Dali. His work inspires and amazes me.

Using Tim's Adventure words Sizzix thinlits dies, I chose the words and cut them out of #8 Tag. I saved the punched out letters to use for other projects. I adhered this to the background using Multi Medium Matte and removed the excess with a paper towel.
Dali's works show many recurrences that reference things one of these is the moth and so I chose to use this paper as my background. It is from TH Wallflower paper.

After applying white gesso to the tag and quickly wiping off the excess with a paper towel, I used the above Distress inks directly on tag and then applied multi medium matte blending the colors to create this cool background!
I took letters from those punched out above to spell his name and applied Black Soot Distress Paint, and applied with multi medium matte on front and back. I did not have the stamp Tim used so I chose a french lettering background stamp from Wendy Vecchi. I adhered various ephemera that played to Dali such as Paris and New York being places he lived and worked. Using Black Soot Distress marker I drew a heavy line over the dried multi medium matte and rubbed around with my fingers to create the shadowing effect.
 I added a cut out signature Dali melted clock that was first adhered to heavy card stock the same way the photo was treated. I then used used distress ink in Tarnished Brass to splatter here and there.
I added the quote using small talk stickers. I thought these words were very Dali. I used Distress paint in black soot with my fingers rubbing around all outside edges to create that grungy look.

I then finished my tag with a rose embellishment painted with Barn Door Distress Paint to symbolize another of my fave paintings of his "Meditative Rose". I really enjoyed doing this one and am happy with the results.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mixed Media Mask

I am very excited to share this as my first piece as part of the Design Team for The Mirror Crack'd challenge blog. It is such an honor to be asked to join a team full of wonderfully inspiring, and talented individuals! I look forward to being a part of this team and sharing my creations.
The August challenge is "Masks" which can be either a  mask such as mine here or a traditional masking technique. However you would like to interpret it please head over to the blog and share your creations!

For this project I started with a cardboard mask found at my local craft store.I painted the entire thing with a coat of white gesso and let it dry. I cut the mask in two pieces in the shape I liked. I then began building up this side using stencils and texture paste. I used my hot glue gun to add real seashells and sand as well as some beads. Once I achieved the look I wanted I then started layering the "corroded" side with different acrylic paints in greens, blues and browns. I also used distress spray walnut stain and water, as well as Dylusions sprays in Dirty Martini,Poisoned Jade and Melted Chocolate colors. I allowed everything to dry completely (overnight). I apologize but I got carried away with this creation and forgot to take pics along the way!

I placed the two pieces back together slightly overlapping the "corroded" side on top of the blank to narrow and distort the face a bit. I painted the blank side in a copper acrylic and let it dry.

I applied an embossing medium through stencil and silver puff embossing powder to create the design on copper side. Using a detail paint brush I went back over the embossed areas that were misplaced with the same copper acrylic paint. Once this was dry I adhered my jewels and pearls with glue, added a silver dragonfly and voila!

I really enjoyed creating this piece. I was inspired by undersea treasure hunters and all the beautiful things they find under years of sediment from the sea.
I hope you enjoyed this creation and that it has inspired you to head over to the Mirror Crack'd and check out what the amazing Design Team has created and encourages you to submit your own creation!
For the August "Masks" challenge We are thrilled to be sponsored by
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I am also entering this project in the Anything But Cute challenge this month.

I would also like to enter my project in the following:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit : Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes