Monday, March 14, 2011

Mixed Media Monday

Happy Monday!!  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!! 
Mondays in my house are dedicated to working on collages.  After mass producing flowers all weekend, I am always excited to welcome a break to work on some more creative pieces.  If you keep up with the blog, you probably saw this piece as one of my Graphic 45 submissions.  This is something I had started a few weeks back, but had just the right amount of time today to put on the finishing touches.
This box is a 2 section tray that I found at IKEA.  It measures approx. 11.5" x 6.  When I saw it I knew it had to be altered!! 
I started by painting the entire box black. Then covered all the inside and outside edges with Graphic 45 paper from the Steampunk Debutante line using  gel medium.
For the background paper, which is also from Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante line, I inked using distress inks, and stamped Script with rusty hinge distress ink using a Hero Arts Stamp. 

The images used are a mix of clip art and Graphic 45 images.  All hand cut using scissors. Never have been good at using a craft knife.  I probably used close to 50 pop dots to create the dimension. 

The gears are a mix of Tim Holtz and 7 gypsies.  Just love these, they are so interchangeable.  To get the aged look I dry brushed a little patina acrylic paint over top.
For her umbrella, I paper pieced a stamped image from Paper Parachute stamps. 
This is a look that is super simple and can be worked into any project.  To create the effect, stamp your image out once and cut completely out.  Stamp image again on another piece of paper.  Then cut out whatever part you want to look different, and paste it on top of the original stamped image. 
For mine, I stamped the umbrella on brown, then again on green for the ruffle.

What wasn't completed was the top section of this box.  Again a mix of clip art and Graphic 45 images. 
For a finishing touch I created a decorative top using a mix of Tim Holtz frames, metal clock, spinner and grungeboard wings and flourishes. 

Shadow box: IKEA
Papers: Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante line
Stamps:  Hero Arts(Script), Paper Parachute(umbrella)
Images: Clip art/ Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante
Gears: Tim Holtz/7 Gypsies
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress inks, rusty hinge and tumbled glass
Embellishments:  Tim Holtz precut grungeboard, clock face, metal frames, spinner
Other: Patina Acrylic paint, matte gel medium, dimensional foam tape

Off to get some cleaning done, then back to more paper flowers!
Hope you have a wonderful day!!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Nicki Chicky


Didelis\Gele said...

wow! this is awesome! Where did such a beautiful skeleton:)

Bella Carta at Art 'n Soul said...

I love that you used a Paper Parachute stamp; Graphic 45 and PP are two of my absolute favorites. Agi does such beautiful stamps and papers. Congrats on your G45 Design Team appointment!