Happy Thursday everyone! I’m very excited to share my very first mixed media project with you! This project features the Enchanted Iris stamp set from Altenew’s new May release, which is simply beautiful.
Mixed media is an art form I have always admired. When I think of mixed media, what comes to mind is vintage elements in a visually intense collage. This is a look Tim Holtz and many others are extremely gifted at achieving. I however cannot do that; it’s just not my style. So I am happy admiring that style of artwork while I create in the style that works for me.
Enter – clean and simple mixed media! Mixed media can be anything you want it to be; mixed media is basically just a term for using a variety of media and mediums together to create the finished result. So if vintage collages are not your cup of tea, don’t worry; you can still be a mixed media artist!
Since the basis of mixed media is the use of multiple mediums together, let’s take a look at what I’m using in this project…
Stamps: I used the Enchanted Iris stamp set from Altenew.
The thought process of creating this mixed media project was a bit new to me; in my head I had a vague idea of what I wanted. A metallic shadow-boxed styled piece framing some Copic colored irises in a scene that evoked delicacy and simplicity. Something with an ethereal feel.
I also knew I wanted to add glitter, but at first I wasn’t sure how and where. As I stared at the piece of glass from the photo frame sitting on my desk – brainstorming what my course of action would be – it suddenly hit me. To best achieve the ethereal mood, why not create a glittery glass texture behind the irises?
The frosty, glittered glass makes me think of an early morning; the sun is just barely above the trees as it hits the dew-laden flora and fauna on the ground below. The dew glistening across the grass as far as the eye can see – creating an ocean of glitter and green. The birds singing their songs; everything is waking up to start the day. This is the picture I had in my mind during my brainstorming and is what drove the project to the finished result.
After creating the frame and the glittered glass panel, the next step was coloring my stamped irises. As I had said earlier, I used Copics for this. I know many of you enjoy knowing which markers I used for the coloring process, so I have them listed here for you:
Dark iris petals: Vo5, RV63, RV66, RV69
Light iris petals: RV00, RV52, V01, V15
Yellow iris accents: Y00, Y18
Green leaves: YG11, YG06, YG07, YG09
I did not show this on camera, but I also added a few stripes of purple in the darkest petals with a Prismacolor colored pencil (from the full set of pencils). I felt that the added finer detail “veins” of the petals would add additional interest to the coloring.
In the video I go through all the steps I took to bring everything together and build my project. One of my favorite aspects of the piece is the dirt – am I crazy to get excited about dirt?? Well when it’s dirt made from glitter, I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love it! Again taking inspiration from the dew-drop morning scene in mind, I used Tonic Studios’ Golden Sunset glitter drops to create the soil that my irises are growing from. Can’t have blooming flowers without it, now can we?
To achieve a more realistic look, I made sure to apply it a little unevenly. Not too uneven to make it look messy; just imperfect enough to carry a soil appearance. I think it dried beautifully!
Once the entire scene was built, my shadow-box mixed media project was just about finished. But next came the dilemma of how to display it. Technically I could have just hung it, but that would not allow the light to reflect in my shadow box as well. So I decided to take apart one of my Ikea Tolsby frames and use the white base as the stand for my wooden frame.
Hot glue was the best adhesive to adhere the two pieces together. I left it cure and set overnight; by the next day I was able to pick up the frame and hold it without the two pieces coming unattached.
I now have the scene sitting in my studio which looks fabulous! This was such a fun project to make and I hope you will be checking out the video below to see it all come together!
I actually have two videos for you to see. The first is the entire project from start to finish and the second is the coloring process at a slower, more relaxed pace. The full project video has a sped up and more condensed version of the coloring.
Thanks for visiting me today and keep on hopping in the Altenew May release hop… all the details and giveaway info is listed below!
WATCH THE MIXED MEDIA PROJECT VIDEO
WATCH THE COLORING PROCESS
KEEP HOPPING & GIVEAWAYS
There is a lot of inspiration to be found in the Altenew May release blog hop! If you’ve already been hopping along, your next stop is the talented Svitlana Shayevich! Or if you are just joining in, you can find the full hop list below:
Nina-Marie Trapani – you are here! :)
May Sukyong Park
Flora Monika Farkas
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Thursday, June 1st at 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Saturday, June 3rd.
I’m also giving away a $30 gift certificate to Altenew! To qualify for this giveaway, make sure you leave a comment here on this post by May 31st. I’ll announce the winner here on my blog on June 2nd.