It's Tuesday yet again! And it's Lisa back in the CLASSroom, so that can only mean one thing: #TexturalTuesdays....YAYAYAY!! I may be even MORE excited than usual. Scary, huh? ;) But, that's because as I was thinking about what would be fun for today's feature I thought "how about finding texture that you may already have and just don't realize it?" You know...stuff that you just have laying around! FREE TEXTURE!! Creating with what you already have is the best. And it really helps you broaden your horizons. And, gets you thinking outside that proverbial box.
Here is what I made with a few items for texture in my own home:
What I'm using today that's free: good 'ol bubble wrap (non-popped), a ripped off piece from a box, and some spongy packing material. I am creating on a 5" x 7" pre-gessoed flat canvas.
First I cut my patterned paper into 1" strips and figured out how I wanted them laid out onto the canvas. Like always, because I am memory-impaired, I took a photo, removed the paper, put down a coat of Gel Medium and then put the paper back according to the photo. Once in place, another coat of Gel Medium is added on top of the patterned paper.
The edges of the paper are trimmed once the Gel Medium is completely dry.
Remove the excess texture paste and lift the stencil straight up. Set it aside to dry. (It will dry fairly quickly. DO NOT attempt to heat set as this material is very heat sensitive.)
* It's kind of like a spongy vellum!! *
So next because I was compleeeeeetely inspired by Julie Ebersole's beautimous butterflies on Hello, Monday yesterday (March 7, 2016) I just pretty much had to do something similar to mine, too. * Waving to Julie and bowing to her greatness. * My butterflies were heat embossed with a pewter EP and then colored with watercolor pencils to work with the colors in the patterned paper.
Then I applied some of Dina Wakley's (for Ranger) Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in black onto my work surface and smooshed my bubble wrap into it. I realized I didn't like quite how that was working so I used a palette knife instead and that worked MUCH better.
I then just pressed it onto the canvas wherever I wanted it being careful not to OVER apply since it is a black paint.
While the paint is still wet shake glitter on top and tap off the excess.
Die cut a circle out of the corrugated box piece. Tear some of the paper away to reveal the "corrugated" parts. (Is that what it's called? Inform me if it's not.) Coat with Gesso, allow to dry, and then apply varying shades of Gelatos® Double Scoops® In Lemon, Metallic Melon and just a tiny hint of Snow Cone.
Adhere the "Be Kind" strip to the canvas using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® E-Z Runner® Ultra Strong Permanent Adhesive. Use the same adhesive on the back of the corrugated circle to hold in place. Place a few of the small 3-D foam squares to the back of each butterfly to give them dimension. Finally, add the Pink Blush sequins from Pretty Pink Posh!
A sweet and easy little canvas like this is fun to make and give as a gift or just hang up as a reminder to yourself to always Be Kind.
Here's a close-up!
Using texture on your mixed media projects, art journals, or on your cards, does not have to be scary OR expensive. Look around to see what YOU have. Be creative and challenge yourself to use something different on your next project. Let me know if you have made a project in the comments -- I'd love to see what you've made! And, as always, I welcome your comments. :)