The best part of CHA is the opportunity to meet the fabulous women who make up this wonderful community. This year when I headed over to the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft booth I had the good fortune to get hugs from Lisa Adametz AND ask her if she would be willing to share her talent with us here in the CLASSroom. Lucky us... she said YES :) Not only is Lisa extremely talented but she is also kind, thoughtful and so very easy to work with! She designs for Faber-Castell, Scrapbook Adhesives and is a Bloom Girl for Jamie Dougherty! Yep, she is a very busy young lady!!
"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts" is such an incredibly true statement and so very appropriate for the spectacular and colorful art piece Lisa created for us today! To learn more about Lisa and see more of the fantastic pieces she creates please visit her blog papergrace. Please join us there to thank her for sharing her creativity her in the CLASSroom and as our way of thanking you for taking your time to visit and explore Lisa's blog we have a package of goodies awaiting you there! Please leave a comment on her blog post about being a guest here by February 19th to be included in the random drawing she will be hosting there.
Thank you Lisa for the beautiful piece of art you are sharing with us today and for the excellent directions - you are one very talented chica and we are lucky to have you here! Big hugs and thanks! -Ellen
Hi there crafty friends, it’s Lisa Adametz here with you today and can I first say “squeeeeeeee”?!!? at how incredibly excited I am to be here with you in the CLASSroom with the wonderful people of ellenhutson.com. I’m thrilled to be bringing you a mixed media art piece that I created using some really fun goodies from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, a beautiful stamp by the fabulous Jamie Dougherty (of Prima and her Bloom Girl line), and some gorgeous papers from the Aurora Collection by Basic Grey.
Here is what we’re making today…isn’t she gorgeous?
The canvases that I like to use are usually pre-primed or pre-Gessoed. But, it’s usually a good idea to check the packaging. If you’re unsure, it never hurts to put a coat of Gesso onto your canvas. Gesso will help keep the paints, Gelatos® or other wet mediums from seeping through.
1. Stamp your image onto white tissue paper using Jet Black Archival Ink. Place a piece of copy paper underneath the tissue paper to prevent bleed through onto your work surface.
2. Carefully tear the edges of the tissue paper around your stamped image to ensure that the image fits the proportion of the canvas. Set aside.
3. Gather patterned paper and tear into random pieces to fit your canvas. Be certain to leave a space for your stamped image. It is helpful to position the stamped image in place at this time and position the torn papers around her. (*Tip – I often take a photo at this time so I can see (and remember) where the pieces went and fit.)
4. Using Gel Medium start to adhere the torn pieces down. Apply the Gel Medium underneath the paper and on top. This will also need to be done to the stamped image. Be very careful when applying to the image as the tissue can tear. Heat set or allow to air dry.
5. Rub Gelato® Double Scoop® Licorice all around edges and rub from outside edges in with fingers or a rag/cloth. It WILL look very dark at first.
6. Gather other colors of Gelatos® (blues, purples, pinks, and metallics) and rub over top of torn pieces. Blend colors in well with fingers or with a rag/cloth.
7. Start to color the stamped image by using the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. The Neutral Collection is perfect for coloring her face and hair. Picking 3 shades within a color group will lead to very beautiful results for the butterflies. (*Tip – be careful not to oversaturate your paintbrush and work in small sections at a time. Remember that there is still tissue paper underneath the Gel Medium.)
8. Using the Gold Texture Luxe from Faber-Castel Design Memory Craft® and a sponge swipe over random areas of canvas. Such as where papers were torn, corners, image’s neck, etc. A small paintbrush was also used to apply the gold Texture Luxe to highlight Bloom Girl Sharon’s hair. (If this is done, your brush must be cleaned ASAP. The Texture Luxe can be difficult to remove. )
9. Next up is the Pearl Texture Luxe which will be applied through the Prima Marketing Checker Stencil using a sponge. Moving the stencil around gives it a really random look. By using the sponge it also gives more dimension AND texture. Prior to cleaning, use white Gesso and stencil the areas around her head. Also use fingers (or sponge) to blend the darker areas.
10. Embellish the canvas and Bloom Girl with Prima Flowers, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, and Doodlebug Pearls. Add Glass Bead Glitter (using Gel Medium) to a flower and accent the butterflies with Zig Wink of Stella in Black and Clear.
11. Attach letters from Basic Grey Aurora Collection pack to create quote. Outline using Black PITT Artist Pen. Apply Gel Medium to coat letters to prevent peeling and lifting.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope this has inspired you to create your very own mixed media canvas. They really are so easy! …AND fun. -Lisa