This is all new to me! My first challenge entry for the ARTastic Challenge Blog, and my first ever attempt at a mixed media canvas. The inspiration for the April Challenge on the ARTastic Challenge Blog is a piece of work by Roy de Maistre called Frozen Music.
Isn't it glorious?!! The criteria was to use swirls on my submission. Other than that, it could be a scrapbooking layout (paper or digi), or mixed media. The very talented DT at ARTastic provided some positively divine inspiration for this challenge. I must say, it was Lizzy's work that inspired me the most this time around... I decided to create something for my daughter's bedroom that she could hang up. She loves rainbows, and the colour palette in this inspiration picture is perfect for that!
I pencilled in my swirls first, and then inked them in. Then I put modelling paste in alternate segments of the swirls, plumping it up to give it texture. Once the modelling paste was dry, I went over it with Silks Acrylic Glaze in 'Solar Gold' to give these raised peaks some shine. I also stencilled some swirls in Silks at each of the corners.
Then, knowing that the Silks Acrylic Glaze resists Twinkling H2Os, I set about adding a rainbow of colour around the entire canvas with my H2Os. Again, when it was dry, I mod-podged some tissue paper with butterflies stamped on (stamped with StazOn). I also stamped directly onto the canvas with StazOn "BE FREE". Once dry, I put dimensional magic on the butterfly dots and across the "BE FREE".
As a final touch, I stamped out a sentiment from a Kazazz stamp set called 'Happy Butterflies' on white cardstock, trimmed down each stanza of the sentiment and mod-podged it onto the canvas.
It was interesting for me to learn what mixed media goes with which (and what clearly doesn't, lol). I had much fun preparing this canvas - thanks to the ARTastic Challenge Blog for providing such awesome inspiration!