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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Have a wonderful evening,