Sunday, December 10, 2017

California Sunshine

Hi everyone, Melissa here with a page for Bad Girls Couture!  I took this photo a long time ago when I lived in Southern California. My friend in the photo is one of the nicest people I've ever met. 
I was amazed by the beaches there, and it seemed like it was always sunny,warm, and dry. I think this 7 Gypsies paper fit well with the colors of the photo, and the elements of the kit.

To make this page I applied gesso with a cosmetic sponge, then stenciled on texture paste. I made the paste by mixing baby powder with the gesso to get a thicker consistency. When it was dry I rubbed on some Prima silver wax. 

I took some of the top layer of paper off a piece of cardboard, and sponged it with gesso. I added color to the page with watercolor pencils and some gold metallic paint. I put cheesecloth under the cardboard to add detail.

I applied Prima flowers, pearls from the kit, and rhinestones. I glued on microbeads to the flower for more texture. 

I added part of the chain of Bohemian crystals around a glass pebble I'de painted. I used a bottle cap to hold them, and sprinkled in some micro beads with clear glue.

I glued on gold embossing powder to bring the sand onto the page. I also rubbed on gold mica 

Thank you for looking, and have a great week!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Nick and Aron

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a page for Bad Girls Couture about my son and his fiance. Aron and Nick make a great couple, they laugh at each other's jokes, and really enjoy being together. They met in high school, but didn't start dating until college. 

 To make this page I used a piece of Prima paper Zella Teal With Foil Accents for the background. I thickened the gesso from the kit with baby powder to make texture paste. I applied it with the stencil,and when dry colored around it with a teal watercolor pencil. I rubbed silver Prima wax on top.

I made layers with Prima Welome to Paris paper. I sponged on gesso, then colored with watercolor pencils. I placed the layers on cheesecloth, then added some more around the edges. I attached flowers, pearls, bling, and lace to complete the page.

I put a little clear glue on the back of some flower petals to make them stand up. I added a lot of dark brown watercolor pencil around the edges of the texture paste, and around the layers to add definition.

I added some micro beads and glitter.

I sponged  gesso on the page, I wanted the picture and detail of the stenciled areas to show up more.
Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Woman With Lace

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a new design team page for the Mixed Media Warriors Challenge Blog.  I was inspired by the festive holiday theme of the moodboard.

To make this page I applied gesso to a piece of Prima paper from the Wild and Free collection. I stenciled on two snowflakes with texture paste.  I put bridal lace on that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I dyed cheesecloth with Tattered Angels mists and Distress Ink.  I applied the photo on top of the dyed material.

I painted all the lace with Prima Art Alchemy paint in Ancient Coin, the white gesso was sponged on later. To add visual interest I added Swarovski crystals, gold mica flakes, metal glitter,distress glitter, seed beads, micro beads, mica powder, pearls, metal charms, bling, and more.

I added purple mica powder to set off the yellow and green.

The flowers are from Prima and Dusty Attic, the chipboard snowflakes are from my stash.
Thank you so much for looking, and have a great day!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Engaged to be Married

 Hi everyone! Here's my very first post for Bad Girls Couture. I've used a photo from around the time when my son and his fiance first got engaged.

To make this page I have used Prima's Zella Teal Floral Stories with Foil Accent for the background. I used pieces of Prima's French Riviera Un Petit Mot De La Mer.  I mixed gesso from the kit with baby powder so that I could have texture paste, and applied it to the Prima stencil in the kit. Using a cosmetic sponge I applied gesso over it. I used watercolor pencils to outline the raised areas,and rubbed on Prima wax. I glued on lace, pearls,flowers,bling, and a few strands of cheesecloth.

I put the photo on the packaging from the flowers.

You can see the Prima silver wax here pretty well at the right.

I outlined all the paper with watercolor pencil, then softened the lines with a wet brush.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Dancing on the Beach

Hi everyone! Here is a design team inspiration page for Mixed Media Warriors. Is there anything more beautiful than the beach at sunset? I love to walk right at the water's edge on the firm sand.

To make this page I stenciled texture paste onto a piece of watercolor paper. I dyed a piece of cheesecloth with a mix of Sweet Violet Purple Teal and Bachelor Button Blue. I sponged gesso onto the page where I planned to paint.  The black is Der Went Inktense watercolor pencil.  I used   Mission Bells Brown  in the background. The gold is mica powder and water. Click this link for Lindy's Challenge Info 

To add visual interest I added metal glitter, seed beads, micro beads, charms, bling, shells,lace, glass marbles, sequins, mica flakes, pearls,distress glitter, and more. 

I bought the big chipboard pieces from Michael's. They're actually wood,and I layered on gesso, Prima Clear Crackle, Lindy's, Ranger Clear Crackle, gold mica powder, and more Lindy's.

This is my entry to the following:

Lindy's November Challenge

 Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Altered Art Journal Cover

Hi everyone! Melissa here with a new challenge project for Bad Girls Couture. The challenge is to use Wendy La Croix gesso and Prima -Finnabair -Art Alchemy - Metallic Wax - Old Silver. The gesso goes on really smooth, and covers well. I bought this little book about ten years ago at a garage sale, and thought, oh how cool, my metallic ink pens will show up so well on this colored paper. It turned out they didn't look " all that," but the book was too cute to throw out. How terrific that it finally has found it's purpose. The size was just right for the wonderful Prima Shabby Chic Treasures Baroque Frame.

To alter this I sponged gesso on the cover, used a piece of 7 Gypsies Paper I'd cut to fit,and glued it on the frame. I put a piece of cheesecloth under the frame for more texture. I applied lace, Prima Bohemian Crystal Chain Pack pieces, a Prima flower, and pearls. 

I used Prima Metallique Wax, and also some blue and gold metallic paint to cover the frame and cover.

To make the details on the cover stand out, I mixed black acrylic paint and water, applied it on the frame with a brush in small areas, dabbed it off with a paper towel, and applied more silver wax and metallic paint. What wasn't dabbed off stayed in the crevices. I took a black water color pencil and drew around the image.

I glued on micro beads and metal glitter too.
Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Autumn Portrait

Hi everyone! Here's a new DT page for the Mixed Media Warriors Challenge Blog. I'm going to add a description in a few minutes. This is also my entry for the November 2017 More Than Words Challenge Outdoors & Woodgrain.

I think the wreath of flowers in the woman's hair and the colors of the page are evocative of the OUTDOORS.  The table has a nice WOODGRAIN on it. 

To make this page I took a piece of Pion paper and glued it to 2 layers of posterboard. I wanted it to be free standing, and to not get warped from all the media I planned on using. I applied matt medium with a credit card and sprayed with Tattered Angels mists in Rich Cocoa and gold.  I  used a Prima bubble stencil and put some texture paste on.  I used Prima Steampunk Copper on the stencilled on bubbles, and some Clear Rock Candy. I dyed Tresors De Luxe lace and cheesecloth with Walnut Stain distress ink. Things started looking too busy so I sponged on gesso in a few areas, and painted on Citrus Alcohol Ink.

To add visual interest I applied distress glitter, microbeads, Swarovski crystals, sequins, Vintaj brass leaves, Prima flowers,metal glitter, and more.

The teal bling is from Hobby Lobby. There's a few small pieces of sequined bridal lace from Hobby Lobby.  It was nice it was already dyed from some other project.

For the chipboard I sponged on gesso, then painted on a thick layer of Prima Clear Crackle Texture Paste.  When it was dry I dabbed on Walnut Stain Distress Ink on the top and also on the sides.  I put Ranger Clear Rock Candy on top, and brushed some copper mica powder on . I 

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Jing Tian

Hi everyone! This is my entry for the October 2017 Dusty Attic Challenge.  

To make this page I took a piece of Pion paper and glued it to some cardboard. I wanted it to be free standing for when I took the photos, and I knew Id be putting on a lot of media, and wanted the paper to stay flat. I brushed on a layer of mat medium so that the paper didnt absorb paint that I planned to use.  I used the Cherry Blossom stencil from Prima to apply some texture paste. I had some cheesecloth from my last project to use on this one, I had dyed it black with gesso and water.  I painted a piece of cardboard Id shredded most of the top layer off with gesso, then steam punk copper, then a few layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Powder.  I rubbed on some gold mica powder on top.

The chipboard is coated with a layer of gesso, steampunk copper paint, gold mica powder rubbed on, and black gesso painted on the edges.
 I sure love the gorgeous swirls of the chipboard, it kind of forms a crown for Jing Tian, a famous Chinese actress.

I used foam core board to give the layers some height.  I put on black lace and started adding paint and textural items: micro beads, mica flakes in gold and copper, seed beads, copper metallic embroidery thread, metal glitter, seahorse charms, star confetti, rhinestones, sequins, bling, cultured pearls, and gold foil from a champagne bottle.  By the brown flower is a Tim Holtz key, a piece of painted glass, and part of a Vintaj metal flower.  I sponged on a fair amount of gesso on the page, it was getting too busy looking.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

October Challenge 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci

Hello! I'm here with my entry for the 7 Dots September Challenge: Favourite Historical Figure.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a painter, an architect,inventor, and student of all things
scientific. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term "Renaissance
Man." Today he remains best known for his art, including two paintings that remain among the world's most famous and admired, Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. Art, da Vinci believed, was indisputably connected with science and nature. To make this page I have used paper, die-cut elements, and tags from the Writer's Block collection.

To make this page I glued 7 Dots Studio paper onto a piece of watercolor paper, so that it would stand freely outside when I did photos. I covered the page with mat medium so the paints and mediums didnt get absorbed by the paper. I put the layers of tags together for underneath the image, which Id mounted on some corrugated paper. I put texture paste on with a Prima stencil. I put some cheesecloth under the layers, I had dyed it with black gesso and water.

I painted around the circles with watered down black gesso, and also a Bark colored Derwent Inktense pencil. I put layers of copper and gold mica powder, and Steampunk Copper all around. I added some turquoise color with Liquid Pearls, and Finnabairs Mermaid Teal.

For added visual interest I added metal glitter, seed beads, micro beads, small pieces of dyed blue, I used Lindys Stamp Gang Tibetan Poppy Blue, and black cheesecloth, Vintage Glitter by Tim Holtz, sequins, and more.  The ribbon on the tag is silk from my LSS, dyed with Black Magic mist by Heidi Swapp.  On almost every circle I put on copper paint, copper Lindys, then a layer of Glossy Accents and Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint. I rubbed more copper mica powder and paint on, then a little Liquid Pearls.  

At the end I thought things looked too busy, so I sponged on some white gesso, then painted with copper and rubbed on more copper mica powder.

The chipboard is layers of several kinds of paints and mediums, mostly Finnabairs Steampunk Copper.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Woman With Crown

Hi everyone! Here is my entry for the More Than Words
  October 2017 Main Challenge DELICATE & FABRICS.

The photo has a very DELICATE look, with the gown and flowers.  I have echoed this with the wispy threads in the background, the chipboard leaves and scrolled frame pieces.  I added FABRIC, a piece of silk ribbon on the right.

To make this page I put some gesso on paper from Pion Design Palette, Pion Blue 1. I put texture paste on with a Prima stencil, then when dry sprayed on Tattered Angels Rich Mocha on a lot of the page. I glued layers of paper on top of corrugated cardboard for under the photo, but wound up taking off the edges on one, and painting over a sparkly blue layer. I used Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Sparks Acrylic Paint Magical Pond on the chipboard frame with Clear Rock Candy on top, then more of the blue. I brushed some Prima Steampunk Copper on after I'd glued the frame on the photo.

On top you can see one of Finnabair's Mechanicals Grungy Butterflies

I sponged on a lot of gesso over the brown, it's pretty easy to cover. I dry brushed more of the blue paint on raised areas. On the right upper corner of the frame you can see a 7 Gypsies Display Pin with some silk ribbon from Scrap Shack in Friendswood Texas.

I glued on blue and white pearls, dyed cheesecloth, chain, beads, micro beads, mica flakes, and bling. I dyed the cheesecloth with blue Rasberry Tattered Angels.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!