Monday, September 22, 2014

Make Time...a Mini Mixed Media Canvas...

It's the start of another new week...Happy Monday, everyone!

There's a fun September color challenge posted over at  Lindy's Stamp Gang, and I wanted to give this a try - I was intrigued with the bold, deep colors and ready to work with the darker tones for a change.

I started playing around with some ideas and materials, on a small 6 x 6 canvas, and when I was finished, I liked what to do with it? :)

I started digging through my stash of embellishments and "fun stuff"...continued spraying, and custom-coloring, layering pieces on the canvas - my mojo was on a roll. I had a quote in my little notebook of "quotes I'll use some day" that was perfect - about making time for the have-to-do's and taking time for the love-to-do's (the words are different, and I may use the whole quote one day). But this time, the piece is only 6 x 6...the whole quote would almost fill the square! So I shortened it...and this is how it turned out in the end...

This is how the canvas looked after I finished playing with color and art mediums, and decided I might be able to turn this into something fun - the shading around the stenciled clock and strips of tissue tape hadn't been added yet. (There's a linked list of the specific background color mediums I used at the end of this post)...

I layered a metal clock embellishment, that I tinted with turquoise and terra cotta alcohol inks, over the stenciled clock in the upper left corner...

The only pre-made flower in the bunch is the golden tinted rose in the center. I assembled all the others using flat flowers, spraying and layering and shaping to make a few roses and mums, and a large layered multicolored flower...

The metal leaves started out a beautiful vintage bronze color, but they needed to be brightened and colored to stand out just a bit more. I added green and terra cotta alcohol inks to them...

I found an adorable white resin bird on a branch in my stash...perfect once I sprayed and brushed it with a few colors of Flat Fabios...

This little gold clock charm was treated to a coat of terra cotta alcohol ink, and now it was a little touch of copper on that side...

Color Mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabios (Danny Zuko's Denim,  Kissin' Kenickie Coral,  Ocean Breeze Blue,  South Shore Sand);    Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Magicals (Tres Chic Collection - Cafe au Lait  and  Bonjour Butter);   
Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Stream, Terra Cotta, Meadow)
Art Mediums:   Golden Modeling Paste,  Golden Crackle Paste
Stencils:  The Crafters Workshop Chickenwire Reversed, and Mini Time Travel;   Heidi Swapp Chevron
Dies:   My Favorite Things Royal Leaves            Flowers:   Prima
Stamens:   Wild Orchid Crafts              Resin bird/branch,  metal clock:   Prima
Lace, white burlap, metal leaves:
Miscellaneous:   Tim Holtz Tissue Tape ;   Uni Posca white paint pen;   Stabilo All pencil
Miscellaneous craft store supplies:   cheesecloth,  wooden scroll

Thanks for visiting today...I hope your week is starting with a smile!


  1. Oh wow wow WOW! LOVE this Kathy! You're right, the coloirs are fabulous, and I am in awe of the detail and skill that went into this! Gorgeous. x

  2. Wow Kathy, it is showing that your mojo was on a roll ;) Love the bold colours, that shade of blue is fabulous. Lots of beautiful elements and you've made made a real eyecatcher with this canvas. My compliments..have a nice week too.
    Greetings Miranda

  3. Hi Kathy
    This is really gorgeous, beautiful are these colors and al the little details.
    Greetings, Danoesja

  4. Wow, this looks fabulous! Looove the colours!

  5. Stunning! Thanks so much for joining the Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge!

  6. I am amazed by your project. Love how well you put everything together. You know I am fan of mixed media so this project is taking my heart :) simply amazing. Thank you so much for playing with us at Lindy's Stamp Gang. Love, Marta x

  7. This is stunning, I love all the embellies, and love the colors too.. well done..

  8. Amazing! Thanks for playing with us at Lindy'sStampGang!

  9. Stunning prodject! Love all your layers and embelishments! Thank you for playing along with LSG!

  10. superb interpretation. I love it. Thanks for playing with us at Lindy'sStampGang!

  11. So in love with this!!! Congrats on your win!!

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