Friday, October 9, 2009

Project 52, Bad Girls Challenge #1 and a Giveaway

Hi everyone! I'm so very excited today. It's going to be a long post, but read to the end for a cool give away. I finally get to post my DT project for Project 52 Bad Girls Challenge #1:

CANVAS (board, streteched, un-stretched, etc...), Theme is HERO (real, historical, fantasy, invented, comic etc..) and Required Material is NATURAL ITEM (dried flowers, skeletonized leaves, etc...).

Below is my take on P52 Challenge #1:

My hero is my mom. I didn't realize until I became a mother myself, how much I truly appreciate her. She is a super-extraordinary-loving-creative-smart-doctor-nurturer-supportive-best-mom-ever!!! I only hope and pray that I can be half the mom she is to my children. This woman can:

- make an awesome gourmet dinner with anything and nothing
- make a bump stop hurting by putting some water on it
- wipe away tears and make it all better
- sew a masterpiece outfit out of a few scraps
- knit beautiful blankes that keep us all cozy and warm on cold winter days
- crochet beautiful sweaters that are totally hip and cool
This lady is so very loved and appreciated.

For this project I used the following supplies:

canvas

gel medium (Liquitex)

gesso (Liquitex)

old book pages

Prima dried flowers and natural elements

Prima leaf stamp

Prima jumbo page pebbles

cork

pearls

pom-pom ribbon

Studio-mini Quickkutz and Revolution (for brown/pink alphas)

Heidi Swapp white alphas

Amy Butler butterfly

American Crafts chipboard frame

Hemp string


Step-by-step Instructions:

1. add a liberal amount of gel medium to the canvas and adhere the book pages to cover the entire canvas.

2. run a brayer, or a credit card will do, over the book pages to squeeze out any air bubbles

3. create a white wash by using gesso and adding a little bit of water to thin it out, and brush the entire surface of the bookpages. The gesso should be translucent and reveal the book pages underneath.

4. wipe down with a cloth some parts of the surface that you want to expose more than others.

5. choose a black/white photo and frame it with a chipboard frame (I used American Crafts), and sand down the chipboard to give it an aged look. Cut a heart shape from the old book pages, and paint it red, I used watered down Golden fluid acrylic paint. And when dry adhere to the canvas just underneath the picture and frame.

6. Adhere the picture frame to the canvas using glue dots or liquid adhesive.

7. Arrange your natural elements around the right side of the frame, and add stamped leaves and to add further dimension stamp the same leaf on white cardstock and cut it out, and glue above the stamped leaf.

8. Use pop-dots to the flowers, and the leaves, and adhere to canvas
9. Cut a strip of fabric, or felt, some pom-pom ribbon, and adhere to the far left upper corner. This will balance out the project. Add a little strip of tiny pearls, and more natural elements

10. Cut out your alphas using Studio mini die cuts and the revolution, and adhere. You can use any aphas you already have.


My Favorite Mixed-Media Supplies:

(visit each link for more details)

1) molding paste - Liquitex or Golden. I use this to add texture to my background pages, or canvases. You can scratch things into it, put hand prints, bottle caps for circles, I've even used stamps (both clear and wood mounted) to impress images into it. Then you can paint over it, and then use gel medium over it. Creates great base for journaling, or scrap pages. Take a look here for some examples of how I've used molding paste on my pages.

2) copic markers - alcohol based markers. Great for art journaling. A great example of a mixed-media artist who uses these a lot is Pamela Garrison.

3) pop-dots: love love love using pop-dots. I spend a lot of money keeping these things stocked in my drawer. They just make elements float on your page. Gives it an awesome 3-D effect.

4) fabriano, hot-pressed white watercolour paper - fabulous paper for art journling, it's heavyweight and sturdy, so you can layer, paint, gesso, etc,.. it takes very well to a lot of abuse.

5) Golden fluid acrylic paints - they're so gorgeous because they're translucent ... you can further water them down and create beautiful washes with them. These days I rarely make a project without using a little bit of these paints.

Blog Hop and a Give Away

Our Design Team Members have opened up their Studio Blogs featuring Tips for Beginning Mixed Media. You can have a chance at the Bad Girls scrumptious prize shown on the Project 52 by visiting each blog and ending up at our P52 Gallery and P52 Forums!



Remember: Have fun! Embrace your Inner Bad Girl Artist!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and especially look forward to your creations. Please post your projects to the Project 52 forum... Can't wait to see your interpretation of this awesome challenge.

Have a great day!

Francesca

55 comments:

wendela said...

wow!!! your canvas is sooooo stunning!!!

AmyG said...

I absolutely love your canvas. So beautiful!

Kelly said...

very nice tribute to mom. thanks for sharing your process too. i'm having fun o your blog hop. :-)

Kaytee said...

Beautiful!!! I love it!

finnabair said...

great project!!!
hugs to you :***

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Francesca, I love love love loveeeeeeeeeeee your canvas, especially the white wash technique and how well you explain how to do it all!!!! It is also very touching the way you write about your MOTHER!!!!! SO SWEEEEEETT!!!!!!
YOU ROCK!!!

Francesca Di Leo said...

thanks for the lovely comments everyone!! I made this to actually give to my mother who isn't feeling very well these days.. Hoping it'll cheer her up!!

hmscrap said...

What a great canvas! Thank you for the instructions and all the information. I am new to mixed media and need this will definitely help me get started.

fairyrocks said...

Beautiful tribute to your Mom
Just beautiful

NancyJones said...

THis is absolutely gorgeous!

Chris said...

such a beautiful canvas and so inspiring - love your tutorial

Karen said...

Your canvas is absolutely beautiful! My mo is my hero,too!!

ScrapNSister1 said...

what a great tribute to your mom. beautiful!

Cyndi said...

Truly a work of art paying tribute to your Mom! Now you have me wanting to search for the Fabriano water colour paper :)

Natalie said...

This is a must do, my daughter and I just love it.

BunnyKissd said...

Beautiful & inspiring! Thank you for sharing... (And I *really* need to get some copic markers!)

Robyn W said...

really love your take on this one too, am really looking forward to learning from you gals...thank you

pollie said...

I'm heading to a 2 day crop so it will be great to try out this technique. I can't wait! Thanks so much for the instruction.

BunnyKissd said...

PS I love your blog header! ^-^

Kathryn Johnson said...

Love your canvas! Gorgeous! Great tips.

elizabeth rosemond said...

this is so beautiful! i also love that each of you are giving newbie tips :)

april o. @ the artchics said...

Very beautiful! Another must add to my wish list copic markers!

Madzcreationz said...

This is beautiful...I love all the elements and how it still looks so simple and elegant..
Thanks so much for your detailed instructions. I am new to mixed media so I am just soaking all of this in and loving it...wonderful tribute to your mom also...

x0x0x
Madzie09

kreativekate said...

I just love when I see someone's project and ten ideas pop into my head. That's just what happened to me with your canvas. Love it!

ChiLLi said...

Love your Canvas ! I think all mums are heros, and I agree you dont realize how much of a hero they are till you become a mum yourself!

Amy said...

Your canvas is one of my favorites. I also really like the idea of watering down the gesso to make it more transparent. I definitely have to try that!

~ (ms_moey)

lianne said...

Your canvas is gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing it with us

Lesley said...

your tutorial was very complete! I love your piece....

Julie said...

I absolutely LOVE your canvas!!! The details you included are incredible and what a wonderful person to have as your hero!!

Karen said...

This is a perfect tribute to your mother. Love the simplicity of it. Thanks for sharing.

Beth Perry said...

beautiful work!! Thanks for the how-to!
Lovely!

Teri said...

Very special canvas....lovely emotional tribute!

robindefender said...

Lovely tribute to your mom!

Funky Finds said...

gorgeous work!

Annie said...

Lovely work, it's so great to read the process and your fave things too.

Annie B

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Wow...your canvas is amazing!!

Sandy said...

Your canvas is great!!! Doin' the blog hop :o)

katie said...

francesca, this is simply gorgeous! you have your own shabby chic style and i LOVE it. thank you for posting the step by step tutorial as well. you are so helpful!

mish said...

Beautiful work. Great inspiration!

Scrappy Smile said...

Amazing blog! And stunning work - it really inspires!!!

bonnieh said...

Beautiful work!

Pia U. said...

Hi there blogghopping for the 52 challenge

Michelle said...

your canvas is beautiful!can't wait to see what challenges you have for us!

jazsutra said...

what you have here is less is more! i love that ;)-jaz

Rani said...

This is just gorgeous! My second hop!

gleestormont said...

i seriously think that's why my mom and sis still have issues- my sister never became a mother. it clarifies everything!!

lydiajane said...

Love your canvas and the way you did the title--very very pretty work!

Sandie said...

Beautiful canvas. Thanks for the tutorial. I love it.

Passing Fancies said...

Your canvas is beautiful as is your hero. Thank you so much for your list of supplies.

Martha said...

just amazing!

" M " said...

wow!I love that the projects are all different and challenging! off to the next blog : P

Jamie the Smarty Pants said...

SOOO Pretty. I love the softness and natural colors. Beautiful work!!

Angela Hoffmann said...

Hello there! so nice to visit your blog! Your canvas is gorgeous and i love how you used text in your background!! fabulous work of art!!!

Tam said...

Wow! What a beautiful tribute to your (super)mom! Thank you for your list. Your art is so inspiring!

NANCY DARE said...

Loved your canvas!