It has been a while since I have posted and wanted to get back into the swing. Today I am sharing my first ever “mixed media” project. I created this wall hanging with my Pazzles and with my #Craftwell #Ebrush Air Brush.
Here’s a look at the finished piece. I started by using a plain 12 x 12 Canvas I picked up from Hobby Lobby.
Next, I got some Pazzles Stencil Material. It is a much lighter weight than the typical stencil sheets you get at the craft and hobby stores. That means you can get a lot more creative with the type of cuts. I created the brick wall and door design with my Pazzles Software. Once I was happy with the look, I cut it out of the stencil material. It cut like BUTTER!!! I used a semi-used mat and it had no trouble sticking down while it cut all the “bricks” out.
Here’s what the stencil looked like once it was cut out. I left the door piece in it’s place for the moment only because I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. But ultimately I took it out of it’s place.
Once I was done cutting the material, I turned to the internet and made some homemade gesso. I found a tutorial online. I used the baking soda, paint and glue version.
Once I mixed that up, I simply laid my stencil down on my canvas and spread the gesso all over. I really didn’t need any adhesive to hold the stencil down as I just carefully went over it with the gesso. I then took an old credit card and smoothed out the gesso. I let it sit and dry…mostly.
Before it was completely dried, I took a Fiskars embossing plate (the wood grain one) I had and smacked it down on the door. It didn’t come up as clean as I wanted it to, but it did give the door plenty of texture. I just took a toothpick to add a few extra lines. I wanted to give it a slight wood look.
Once the gesso was dried ( took only about a half hour to 45 minutes, I went and ate some lunch so not exactly too sure…lol) I took a sponge and began dabbing paint on it. I wanted to give the bricks some dimension and shading with the two colors.
Here’s what it looked like with the lighter gold on it.
Here’s what it looked like when I applied the darker gold. I just went around the edges.
Once I was done doing all the painting, I lifted up the stencil and….magic!!!! I was really happy with how it turned out.
Here’s what it looked like once I lifted off the stencil. I love how the white of the canvas showed through and makes it look like the mortar of for the bricks.
Next I cut out several flower shaped from my pazzles. I staggered the layers and glued them together. Once the glue was dried I used a spritzer and spritzed a little water on them. I then went about curling and lifting the petals to give them dimension and shape.
Here’s a photo that shows how flat they were and then how they looked once I shaped them.
For the next part, I used my Craftwell EBrush and some of my Copic Markers to spray them and give them some dimension and color.
Here’s a closer look at some of the various flowers with the different airbrushing accents on them. I also airbrushed some color onto the leaves.
Lastly, I added the photo corner which was cut in Kraft paper and then painted with the same gold paint. And a little antique button I had in my stash for a door knob. Overall I am super excited with my first (of many) mixed media piece!
Love that my Pazzles was the back bone of the project. It allowed me to create my stencil, create my flowers and photo corner. If you want to venture into stencils, I STRONGLY recommend trying the stencil material from Pazzles. It cut so nicely!
Craftwell E-Brush Air Brush
Homemade Gesso (Baking Soda, Glue, White Paint)
Various Copic Markers
Don't forget to head over and check out the Pazzles Craft Room. They have so many wonderful projects to get your creative juices flowing. I love that the projects they showcase are for ALL skill levels of crafters and not just the "over the top" projects. Plus, if you have a craft cutter, you may want to join the craft room. All their files are in SVG as well as WPC format! A whole new world of possibilities!