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Meet Faith mixed media collage

Meet Faith mixed media collage

Hello my lovely friends,

Tonight I’m back with “Meet Faith” mixed media collage. I also have for you a step-by-step tutorial that I hope will inspire and help you create your own beautiful artwork. I would be thrilled if you’d like to share with me any of your projects inspired by my artwork, you can tag me on Facebook or Instagram. 🙂

And now let’s get back to this new mixed media collage shall we? I am so happy with how it turned up that I’m rather excited to share it with you all! 🙂

I began working on a piece of cheap watercolour board that I cut in half lengthwise so now it measures 12 x 5 inches. First I cut some different size strips of scrapbook paper (Prima Marketing Time Travelers that I absolutely adore) and pasted them on the watercolour board using heavy gel medium (overlapped  and criss-crossed them in places). Then I gave the entire board a coat of white gesso  wiping the excess in a few spots with a baby wipe to reveal the beautiful paper underneath. Not that it stayed like this when I started adding the yummy layers of texture and colour! LOL But it definitely has it’s big role in any mixed media project – not only gives a lovely layer of texture, but for me has also a clear inspirational factor. Just looking at it, with the white wash of gesso on top, I suddenly new exactly where I was going. 🙂


Next, I spread some Liquitex ceramic stucco texture gel through a Crafters Workshop stencil (diamonds) in two opposite corners and spread even more stucco along the perimeter of the board using a palette knife. I left the center free of texture. The next step was to dry the stucco using a heating tool. Then I mixed some Finnabair clear crackle paste with Finn’s soft gel medium (this ensures that your crackles will stay in place forever and a day (LOL) and they will never chip off) and using a spatula I spread the mixture around the board and sprinkled it generously with Finnabair art stones. I pressed gently the art stones into the mixture and left it to dry thoroughly till next morning. Don’t try to speed up the process using your heat gun as you will not get the same result.

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While my crackle paste was drying, I started to work on my angel. I gathered some pieces of fabric (vintage Spanish lace curtain, muslin and some different pieces of lace, some of them coffee stained) and tied them at one end with a piece of twine. For the angel’s head I used a 7 Dots Studio sticker from the Cold Country collection designed by the lovely Finnabair 🙂 and two of her mechanicals bottle caps. I coated them with white heavy gesso first and then I added Finnabair rust paste. I glued down everything using heavy gel medium and added a touch of Golden iridiscent bronze fine.


Next step was making the wings. For this I crafted two wing shapes using Prima Marketing wire thread. Then I stamped a piece of wax paper and added some splatters using Finnabair art alchemy acrylic paints in Light Patina, let it dry and sandwiched the wire in between two pieces of wax paper using tacky glue. When everything was dry I cut the wax paper around the wire and added the same bronze acrylic paint on the edges. The next pair of wings are 2 sycamore leaves that I painted first with a coat of titan buff and when the paint was dry I touched only the veins with bronze acrylic paint. The effect is fantastic, I absolutely love them!

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When the crackle paste was completely dry, I started to paint the background using Lindy’s Stamp Gang and Glimmer Mist and ColourArte sprays in soft coral, cream and beige. I painted the edges with Finnabair rust paste (this time I used only the darkest of the three colours).


I glued down everything and brought my angel to life!

To finish my collage I used a 7 Dots Studio sticker from the Illumination collection, stamped the word Faith using a Prima Marketing stamp set and added a cut out from an old dictionary page with the meaning for faith.

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Hope you enjoyed today’s project and found the tutorial helpful. Thank you so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out my Online Workshop. You can watch a video trailer HERE.

Have a wonderful and creative weekend,

Much love,

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  1. THis is a spectacular piece of Art Sanda, wow, wow, wow, – just stunning!!!

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  2. FANTABULOUS…..every little detail!! LOVE THIS!

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    • Thanks a million Lynne! <3 xo

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      • Absolutely stunning! So much to look at. You are so talented! A few questions- do you not lose some of the crackle effect mixing it with the soft gel? I don’t have any soft gel. Do you think I could substitute something else like regular matte gel? Thank you.

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        • Thank you so very much Martha! For this piece I just wanted a more subtle crackle look (and yes, you do lose some of the crackle effect), this is the reason I mixed the soft gel together with the crackle paste. But usually I just give first a coat of soft gel medium and then, while the soft gel is still wet, I spread the crackle paste on top. This way you will not lose the crackle effect and they will never chip off either. I think you can use the regular matte gel Martha, but if it’s too thick I would recommend to add a few drops of water to your matte gel. Hope this helps, but if you have other questions please let me know. xoxo

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  3. As always Sanda, I am so inspired by your art and this piece is really mesmerizing with those beautiful rich colors and glorious textures! You put the mixed into mixed media, in my book!! Your biggest fan, Jackie xoxo

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