Ok, I am going to be honest.
I have never really played around with that layered mixed media style.
It seems so complicated and mysterious.
But this summer I bought a Tim Holtz burlap wall hanging with numbers on it that seemed perfect to test the process out on.
I picked it up at the thrift store for $2.
Here is the finished product.
This dialogue is one of my favorites.
I started by using some gesso over the existing numbers/design.
I did not think to take pictures on that journey.
Only the destination.
I used a variety of stencils from DecoArt as well as their Media Misters.
Man, are those things awesome.
They are so saturated with color.
I really liked using them with the stencils.
The only part of this I tried and did not like was when I tried to use the large tree branch stencil with the yellow mister.
On this design, it just does not stand out.
I also used the One Step Crackle to add some very subtle texture.
To make the texture pop, I used a wash of black paint and then wiped away the excess.
Some little punched butterflies add some dimension as well.
This canvas sums up how I am feeling about my art lately...
I just try.
It may work, it may not.
Every little part of it teaches me something.
And every little bit of experience adds a little more wind beneath my wings.
Every attempt is a chance to soar....
I'll take it!
Thanks for stopping by....