Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Welcome to What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Morning all,

Here we are again, the middle of the week .. not entirely sure where the blooming things (weeks) keep going but ... at this rate, it'll soon be Christmas. Speaking of which, it's Rudolph Day again tomorrow ... that will be another excuse to make a Christmas card to add to my collection. I've been trying to keep up with my 2016 handmade card quota by making them through the year, one or two a week some weeks ... to save me getting in to a panic as we approach the holiday season! Wish me luck with that project!

Enough of that though since Rudolph Day IS tomorrow and not today .. some mixed media to share with you today. At the weekend I, along with three friends, attended a mixed media workshop at Crafty Ideas and had no idea what to expect, we had been told to take very few materials other than a photograph and an apron!!!

My finished piece
And the journey to achieving it ...

Black gesso and light body gel medium
Colour bloom mica sprays and some foiling
Stencilling and embossing powders
Acrylic ink spray added - this was as far as I got at the workshop
the rest had to be completed at home!
More stencilling and some teeny tiny coloured and glass beads
And a closer view of those teeny tiny beads and just tiny glass beads!
Materials used:
  • A4 canvas board
  • Black gesso
  • Light body medium applied around the perceived area for my photo - applied roughly, using a spatula
  • Colour bloom mica sprays in plumeria and deep teal
  • WOW! embossing ink applied randomly and WOW! bonding powder sprinkled over, heated until clear and then foiling paper in pink and silver applied randomly - to add some metallic shine to my work
  • Light body gel medium applied through the square stencil using a spatula
  • Whilst still wet WOW! embossing powders were applied randomly and heated to set .. colours used were: Pink Opaque, Turkish Nights and Mulberry Mist
  • WOW! Melt It embossing powder (like UTEE) poured in to a foil dish and a little WOW! embossing powder of our choice (I went with silver and black glint) which was then heated from underneath until melted.  It was then set aside to cool and then cracked in to shards which were then attached around the photograph which had been attached with heavy body gel medium whilst the embossing powder was cooling
  • There was also stamping on to metal, card and acetate but I didn't really care for this and, once added to my piece along with some very dimensional paper flower, I removed and discarded them ..... this was the point I had reached when I left the workshop
  • Daler Rowney silver pearl acrylic ink added to a water filled mini mister and sprayed predominantly over the remaining black ares of the canvas
  • Gloss gel medium applied with a spatula around the photo and then silver micro beads applied
  • Gloss gel medium with a VERY small amount of purple lake acrylic ink added then applied through a Memory Box stencil
  • Glamour dust sprinkled liberally over the stencilling
  • Using gloss gel medium and a spatula I "trowelled" it on around the photo edges (to soften) and liberally sprinkled teeny tiny beads, when they ran out I used slightly larger glass beads too!

Is it finished now? Well, who knows? I THINK so but you can never say that it's definitely finished ... especially since your tastes change over time. I may even end up adding some of those flowers back on - but not anytime soon! I liked all the black space left WHEN I left the workshop but, even the following morning, then decided it needed LESS black space so .... there may still be something I'll do but I'm calling it finished - FOR NOW!

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Welove2create - challenge No. 17 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  2. Crafty Boots - August 15th challenge - ANYTHING BUT A CARD ... 2nd entry
  3. UNstampabelles - August challenge - ANYTHING BUT A CARD and NO STAMPING

And the project which we were basing our makes on? This is the original Mixed Media project, by Fran Westmoreland

A Fran Westmoreland original - see more of her work here
And now, since it IS What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, here's a sneaky peek at the mess which is my desk. I DO need to clear it all away and clean everything down as my dear hubby bought me a new A2 cutting mat so I shall need to have a bit of a tidy and reshuffle .....

I'll be entering this over at WOYWW #377, where I am entry #17
I FINALLY cleaned off my desk .. wiped it, placed my NEW A2 cutting mat
and re-organised my space - YAY! What do you think - IMPROVEMENT or what?


Lauren Hatwell said...

Looking good Kathy. A very nice take on Fran's beautiful original. Lx

SARN said...

Amazing project . . . the girl done good! Am loving the black gesso and all the multi media schtuff.

WOW - look at your desk Missus. That was one GOOD clean up . . . I'm sure you'll get your new mat messy in no time. Carry on Sarnt Major.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Alison Wade said...

Happy WOYWW. I would love to go to a workshop like that. You certainly covered lots of different techniques and materials. Your finished page is wonderful. I have also got myself a new desk mat - to go with the 3 I have already got! Not got round to sorting out where to put it yet. Ali x #12

BJ said...

WOW love what you did at the workshop with the photo. Thanks for visiting me today BJ#24

Neet said...

That is what I want - a new large at. So darned expensive though so I have covered part of mine with a Teflon sheet.
Great canvas - good luck with the challenges you entered.
Hugs, Neet 11 xx

Angela Radford said...

Bet you were pleased with the workshop especially as you didn't know what to expect. Thank you so much for the visit to mine and hope you are having a lovely woyww, Angela x 16

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Fab project, Kathy! Appreciate the step-by-step photos and love the micro beads! I've never taken a real-life art lesson, only online. It's great that they give you the supplies, especially, if you can keep them! Have a happy week! zsuzsa #21

StampedbyChris said...

I have never worked with Gesso before. These are beautiful.
Chris P #26

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Kathy, you clearly don't live very far from me at all! I'm in Redditch, and Crafty Ideas is my local too. Love the mixed media piece, by the way.Met the surgeon, really nice guy. Told us pretty much what we already knew, so no surprises, which is good! Intends to do the surgery end of September, beginning of October. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #3xxx

Diana Taylor said...

It looks like you had a very productive and fun workshop - I love the black background to your work, it really makes the stencilling stand out. Those little beads are gorgeous, but I find the go everywhere just with me taking the lid off them - and they seem to jump out of the pot, not just wait until I spill them! Perhaps it's just me!
Hope you have a great week, and thanks so much for stopping by earlier,
Diana #19

Annie Claxton said...

That looks so cool and how exciting to try all those different media, just my cup of tea :o) Annie C #5

Dee's Craft Room said...

A fascinating project Kathy and it is wonderful to see all of the steps you took to reach this point - I hesitate to say the end. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Helen said...

looks like a great workshop! Helen #1

Pat said...

A great piece of work Kathy. The mica sprays and the texture paste look fabulous against the black gesso. x

Morti said...

Oooh - fabulous work! Purple is such an underrated colour, don't you think? :-D

Morti #42

Wynn Walton said...

Wow!!What a fabulous creation and great clear. It sounds like you had a great time on your course. Thank you for sharing it with us at Unstampabelles. Wynn DT

Twiglet said...

Great bit of mixed media work there Kathy - I always fancy having a go.

Marit said...

I love the richness of your page! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, happy woyww and a hug from Holland. Marit #23

Lisette Baker said...

Love this, such a great technique and super way to showcase the image. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

Anonymous said...

Great layout. It is sometimes hard to know when a project is truly finished! Thanks for sharing with us at Unstampabelles.

Susan Hogan said...

Great tutorial for this fabulous project. I know what you mean about being finished and admire your restraint - I have not enough and always add too much. Love this. Thanks for sharing this lovely project with us at Unstampabelles.

Nikki C said...

That looks so wild when looking at the picture first trying to figure out what you did the gesso just does wonders with the sprays looks like coloured smoke. Great layout happy late woyww hugs Nikki 6