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Mixed media on balsa wood

Mixed media on balsa wood

Hello dear friends,

I’m back this evening with a small mixed media on balsa wood I titled “Discover”. The piece measures 4 x 9 inches.

Enjoy! 🙂

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I started this mixed media on a piece of balsa wood by gluing down a leaf I made of paper clay. I covered then with a coat of white gesso the entire piece. When this has dried I added a random coat of homemade texture paste using white gesso and marble dust. I dried everything using my heating tool. For my first layer of colour I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays in 3 different shades of blue. I created more depth using some alcohol inks in similar colours.

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I added splatters using diluted Finnabair rust paste in red and gold and Art Alchemy acrylic paint in Light Patina. I built up the layers of splatters alternating the colours until I was happy with the result. Dried everything again and started painting my leaf using the same shades of blues and greens.

As I didn’t cover the leaf while I was working on my background it got splattered too. I didn’t worry as this added more visual texture to it as you can see in some of the photos.

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For even more texture I added Finnabair Art Pebbles, art stones, micro beads and glitter using her 3D gel medium. When the glue as dry I painted them using more of the same colours. I added highlights using Light Patina, an iridescent green yellow from Pebeo and Finnabair Opal Gold Magic mica powder.

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For the little bee embellishment first I stamped the bee on a scrap of gelli printed paper. I glued a big art pebble on top of it using soft gel medium and then cut the paper around using the pebble as a guide. I framed it with a bit of coiled wire that I painted with Finnabair rust paste set.

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As a final touch I splattered more diluted Light Patina and white gesso I inked the edges with black Staz On ink and added the word “discover”.

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Hope you liked today’s project and tutorial. Thank you so much for stopping by and don’t forget to check out my new Online Workshop. You can watch a video trailer HERE.

Have a wonderful evening,

Much love,

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5 Comments:

  1. Excuse me while I dive into that glorious texture!!!!! This is mesmerizing, the texture, the shimmer and how I love that paperclay element. Oh my word, this is divine.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  2. So very gorgeous and textural – and I love the wonderful colors.

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  3. Sanda Reynolds

    Thank you ever so much Lynne and Kathy, you really made my day! <3 xoxo

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  4. Yummm! I just love this!!! Again! Your textural piece is just so intriguing- your palette- gorgeous!And I just love that leaf you began with~ LOVE love love!! xo

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