Hello everyone, it’s Nancy!
Memories are a great inspiration for many pieces of art and such was the case with this mixed media piece.
When my local library was cleaning out and disposing of the card catalogs, I stopped in to collect a box FULL of old circulation cards. When cut and applied to an 8″ x 10″ piece of 140 lb watercolor paper, they made a great base for a nostalgic piece of art.
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140 lb watercolor paper
vintage library circulation cards
acrylic paint: vanilla, aqua, burnt sienna
fluid chalk ink: burnt sienna
The library cards were cut and applied to the watercolor paper with gel medium, smoothed with a brayer and then coated with the gel medium.
Molding paste was applied to the stencils with a palette knife. The molding paste was allowed to dry overnight.
The entire piece was coated with a wash of vanilla acrylic paint.
When dry, aqua and burnt sienna acrylic paints were applied with a foam brush and then blended with baby wipes. A dry brush application of vanilla acrylic paint adds depth to the piece.
When lightly applied to the raised stencil designs, burnt sienna fluid chalk ink highlights the images.
Text from a vintage book, adhered to the finished piece, reminds us to “embrace the future and hold dear the past.”
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team