The day is finally here. The unveiling of my mystery project. 😉 Something has been creatively brewing for awhile and one of the main catalysis to finally make me “go for it” was when I received the new Things That Shine Fall Kits from Ashley. These kits are so perfect for scrapbooking, card making, and other crafty pursuits, but the eclectic mix of awesome supplies where telling me to make a mixed media collage. And so I did!
I started on a gessoed 9×12 sheet of watercolor paper. Layered on paint and collaged on this book page from the Back to School kit.
I penciled out the “A” stencil and painted around it with raw umber acrylic paint. I created the frame with strips I cut from a fabric tape that came from the Little Boy Fox kit.
And here is a closer look. The fabric was originally a cream color with brown flowers. I first painted on classic teal then cream paint. Then I heighted the color with a teal Caran d’Arche Neocolor. I used the same Neocolor crayon to write the word “lesson”. [and here I’ll say that the in reality the teals in this piece are a little more toward the greenish side]
I used this altered label holder to contain the label maker “learned”. The label holder was a shiney black plastic that I first painted with raw umber paint and then dry brushed on some gold. Here you can see a bit of the teal seam binding I used on the bottom and left side of the collage. This seam binding along with a variety of other bluey tealy colors come from the Falling Leaves kit.
So there you have it. A Lesson to Be Learned; the first collage I’ve done without family photos in years. I am so inspired to make more collages along side my scrapbook layouts. Check out Ashley’s Things That Shine Etsy shop and see where inspiration and your own creativity takes you! Also, don’t miss Ashley’s new offer of free shipping with the purchase of three fall kits!!
For more information and how to’s in creating collages and mixed media scrapbook pages I would like to recommend these books that have really helped me to take off on this new creative journey.
- Collage Discovery Workshop by, Claudine Hellmuth
- Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected by, Claudine Hellmuth
- Scraptastic! by, Ashley Calder
Have a super fun artsy day and (if all goes as planned) meet me here at the end of this week for a new “In the Studio” post! 🙂