Friday, 8 December 2017

Jennifer Kray - It's all hearts and flowers here!

Hurrah, it's Friday! Hello there, have you missed me?!

Today I'm sharing a canvas and two other mixed media projects after taking a well deserved break away to recharge my batteries. 

I do like mixed media projects but they can be time consuming and hard to prep as you need to make two almost exactly the same. When I received the new Floral Affections Collection from Tonic Studios, I knew my projects would take me into my favourite mixed up, inky place. 

I'll be focusing on the canvas I designed but also sharing three additional mixed media projects at the end of this blog. 
Tonic Materials: 
Paper waste from die cuts to create texture on canvas

Other Materials:
Golden Matte Gel Medium
Honeycomb Die
Honeycomb MDF
White Acrylic Paint
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue (to make balls)
White Gesso 
Random sequin and bead mix
Kuretake Clean Colour Blue Brush Pen (for the border)
Metal Gears (although I ended up covering them) 
Spray Bottles x3 (one to mix your Nuvo colours with Gesso, one for the Blue Auqa Flow/water mixture and one for cooled boiled water. 
Heat Gun 
Pokey Tool
3D Foam Pads
Black Soot Distress Ink 
Salty Ocean Distress Oxide
Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Protective Top Coat Sealant
Daler Rowney Waatercolour Art Board Canvas.
1.4mm A4 artboard sheet which I cut down (or hacked down) to 7" x 7".
Normal canvases take up a lot of space but these come in a pack of 10 and are easy to store. 
How many times do you hear people say, 'I could never do that' or 'I wouldn't know where to start' when mixed media is mentioned? And it's true that mixed media can use a lot more materials than ordinary card making and can sometimes be expensive. 

I love all the texture and small beads and balls people use on their projects but wasn't sure I would use them enough to warrant the cost so I made do with the materials I had. 
Day 1:
I started off with an A4 piece of art board. This is an inexpensive alternative to a canvas and is much easier to store if you are short on space. I also used some random beads and sequins I had, a few gears, some honeycomb die cuts and MDF and then the waste (all the little bits) from the hearts I cut out as part of my project. Also, I used my hot glue gun to make little round balls. 
After adding a layer of white gesso, I added another thin layer of gesso and sprinkled the 'waste' onto my canvas. The gesso acted as a bond and after letting it dry naturally, I repeated this process until I had the desired texture. I then added my gears and glue balls with gel medium. I added a final coat of gesso over the entire canvas to finish the background. 
Day 2:
Once my textured background was finished and completely dry, I began to add colour. Not having a vast arrays of inky mediums, I used what I had and hoped for the best! 
In a spray bottle I added water, Embellishment Mouse, Aqua Flows and gesso! The texture was like a milkshake and I really didn't think it would work - but it did and the colour was pretty neat! I started off with the lightest blues and then gradually added darker colours (the colours I used are under materials at the beginning of my blog). 
Grabbing another spray bottle, I mixed the blue aqua flow with water for a more concentrated colour in certain areas and then using some white acrylic paint to brighten up certain elements. 
I also added a hint Aqua Splash  here and there direct from the Aqua Flow Pen onto the canvas. I also used a blue Kuretake Clean Colour pen to edge the entire canvas. 
Here are two part finished backgrounds - remember I mentioned we have to prep our samples - this was how both canvases looked after 24 hours. 
 I cut out all my heart shaped before making my backgrounds - this allows more control of colour coverage. For the hearts, I used Black Soot Distress Ink and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide. The mixed media card would take ink, water and heat so began inking straight from the pads and finished with a few flicks of black distress ink over the backgrounds hearts. 
Now add some Navy Blue and Gloss White Nuvo Crystal Drops around the largest heart and allow to dry completely over night. 
Day 3:
Your canvas background and Nuvo Drops are now completely dry and you can add your rolled rosses, leaves and Bride & Groom sentiment for completion.

Project 2 - Mixed lollipop
I wanted to have a little fun and made a cute lollipop with the same inky colourway. These would be great for table displays or wands for children's parties. 
Project 3 - Wall hanging
My next project is a large and substantial mixed media wall hanging. 
I hope you've enjoyed my projects today and I'll be back again soon.
Until then, have a great weekend! 
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

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