I've used Sheena's fabulous new Time Traveller collection which is part of her Perfect Partner range, this launches on Monday 24th and if you like Steampunk then you are going to love this collection!! I've used it to create this 8" mixed media calendar canvas......
I intended to do a step by step with photo's but I was bad and got so carried away making it that I forgot to take most of the photos! So I'll just talk you through........hope that's okay!!
I started off by laying die cut pieces onto the canvas to get an idea of composition and taking a photo (yes actually took one of this stage!), I'll often do this, it's an easy way of remembering a layout....
Then I glued everything in place, apart from the propeller flowers, the dragonfly and the calendar, using tacky glue. You need to make sure all your background bits are well glued down, don't worry if a bit of glue shows because you're going to gesso over the whole thing. Once everything is glued add some areas of sand texture gel in areas around the canvas and set aside to dry. After a few hours the glue and texture paste should be dry and you can coat the whole canvas with a layer of white gesso. the reason you need to paint with gesso is that it helps to seal everything but more importantly it unifies the surface meaning that when you add the colour it will react in the same way all over the canvas.
Whilst the gesso is drying you can get the propeller flowers and dragonfly ready. (NOTE: Dragonfly is not part of the time traveller collection its from an earlier collection but I adapted it with parts of the collection to create a mechanical dragonfly) So first off give all the parts a quick coat of gesso and add a few tiny areas of texture gel and dry with a heat gun. Then using the red and green AquaTint from the bright and beautiful set mix up a rusty brown and roughly paint splodges of colour on......
Next using the teal colour from the same set paint the remaining areas.....
Give them a quick dry with a heat gun and then add a little pebeo gilding wax, King Gold and Antique Gold. I also added a few areas of clear sparkle pen, now you need to be light handed with this, just a few tiny areas.....less really is more in this case. A few spots just give the appearance of metal shining through too much and you lose the look. Then all you need to do is glue all the bits together to make your flowers.....
The background canvas should now be dry so using the same mix of red and green, paint over the whole canvas. Keep the colour very pale and use a baby wipe to help blend and wipe away areas of colour that look too strong. Use some gilding wax to highlight the cogs and texture paste, then catch the edges and some of the texture with some black permanent ink using a bit of cut n dry foam. Once you're happy with the background you can glue your flowers, dragonfly and calendar in place. I then added some stamped sentiments from the collection and because you can never have too many cogs (well that's my excuse) a few more cogs but this time cut from black card and coloured with gilding wax.
Hope you like it :) Don't forget to check out all the other blogs and remember when the music stops there's a prize up for grabs!! Here are all the other blogs on the hop.......
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Oh Donna! Yum!! I love it! Thanks for sharing with us. xxSAMxx (DT member for The Inspirers)ReplyDelete
Love the instructions Donna--Will be returning to have a go.ReplyDelete
Love it Donna fab colour combo and wow that detail in the dragonfly die there a must have. xxReplyDelete
I certainly do like it and I'm really looking forward to being able to use the Time traveller Collection myself!ReplyDelete
Stunning creation - always admire your makes.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous and beautiful xxReplyDelete
Oh Wow .. This is Gorgeous xx Thanks for sharing xxReplyDelete
Stunning, love these colours... so Vintage.. Great inspiration. Thank you :-)ReplyDelete
Just bought this collection, absolutely fantastic, Sheena is so talented, would ❤️ to win😍ReplyDelete
Oh Donna, what a fabulous thing😀 xReplyDelete
Very different. Love to try it.ReplyDelete
Love it. so very different. A must to tryReplyDelete
Wow, this is amazing! So much better than any shop bought calendar - I would be over the moon to win something as beautiful as thisReplyDelete
That's just so brilliant and has given me a great idea for a twist on a Christmas card to last all year long. Fab~U~Lous!ReplyDelete
Absolutely love it...and excellent directions, Thank you for the chance to win...ReplyDelete
Hi Donna - this is gorgeous! I've never been brave enough to try Mixed Media, but you've made it look so easy. Might have to get some bits and pieces during this Birthday Week ;) Thanks for the opportunity to win this one of a kind piece.ReplyDelete
Hugs, Helen x
WOUW that´s awesome, and I really love, how you made this look, it´s totally amazing.ReplyDelete
I love this. Just bought some of the 'ingredients' so will be back to check your blog again!ReplyDelete
Such fun cant wait for the next hopReplyDelete
I really love this it's fab.ReplyDelete
This is a really good idea, although not sure something like this would stay in my house very long before son's girlfriend makes it vanish into her bedroomReplyDelete
I really love mixed media work. This is one that I would love to prop up on the mantleReplyDelete
Love the coloursReplyDelete
I love it thank you :) xReplyDelete
OMG this is amazing you are so talentedReplyDelete
Fantastic work just love loelve dragon flies carry on the excellent workReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this fantastic mixed media project. With your breakdown of what to do first & how to complete each stage it takes away the "where do I start" fear of trying element. Will definitely give this ago.ReplyDelete
I've always been wary of mixed media but you have done a fab tutorial.ReplyDelete
Really love this, I have bought the full set of Time Traveller and only hope that I can make something as good as this xxxReplyDelete
Omg this canvas is amazingReplyDelete
Gorgeous, I love it.ReplyDelete
That's absolutely stunning! It looks like verdigris. Happy scrapping, jenxReplyDelete
I have won you brilliant calendar, thank you so muchReplyDelete
I have won you brilliant calendar, thank you so muchReplyDelete
I have won your wonderful calendar, thank you so muchReplyDelete