Saturday, 25 April 2015


Some weeks ago I decided to do a bit of crafting. Now I've never said I was an expert, it's just a hobby to me but I do enjoy it - sometimes!
Workshops are few and far between in my neck of the woods certainly those showcasing mixed media and all things painty and grungy. I don't get to have fun with others very often so not being any good at all at thinking outside the box to create a thing of beauty from my own thoughts I really do struggle.
I began the latest struggle with a blank canvas. Indeed, I took the cellophane off one and that was half the battle!!
What to do.... I stuck Tims tissue wrap all over it before tearing some lovely hand made paper I found in my stash and sticking that on top.
It stayed that way for weeks before I added the texture paste through a Tim stencil. 
I really liked the blue paper but decided to tone the whole thing down a bit by adding Gesso to various areas.
Distress stain was next. I splodged some on my craft sheet before using a broad brush to pick it up and allowed it to run down the canvass.
I loved the end result but it just had to have more and that was my undoing. I had no idea how to go forward. I just sprayed some paper roses with the same rusty hinge distress spray and  stuck them, together with feathers and butterflies, to the canvas.
It's quite distinctive but not what I wanted to make. So a big thank you to those of you courteous enough to send positive comments. One day I will create a masterpiece - said in the same vein as 'one day we will be millionaires'.


Sue Balawajder said...

Well done with your canvas, I find it hard to know when to stop adding stuff on.My advice is put it to one side now and go back to it from time to time.It may be finished or you might add more to it.Good luck.

Nan G said...

Love how the colors have turned out. I agree...set it aside not on display and glance at it now n then...something will come to you. I too struggle with this type of mixed media. If there classes in my area they're quite costly and out of my budget. YouTube is a good place for inspiration too. Hugs

pearshapedcrafting said...

Hmmmm! It can be a problem if it isn't what you wanted - we are own worst enemies though Joanne! I think you got it right in your first statement - it's a hobby to be enjoyed and Boy Oh Boy!, I bet you enjoyed making this - the texture is fabulous, the colours you have worked with are brilliant and it looks great - really!! Hugs, Chrisx

Gez Butterworth said...

Joanne !!!! This is AMAZING ♥♥♥

Give yourself a break xxxxxx

I think that is half the fun of mixed media, not knowing what you are going to end up with, breathe, relax and going with the flow.. use your favourite products, stuff that makes your heart sing and you will LOVE IT whatever, and remember if all else fails you can come over to mine I've got a mushroom dabber doing nothing! Hugs, Gez xxxo