Hello, folks! Nancy here with a mixed media tutorial.
Inspiration for this piece came from all of the wonderful and color-filled abstract art that I run across on social media. I’m not an artist who dabbles in the abstract, so when push came to shove I felt the need to add a focal image. But hey, baby steps, right?
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
140 lb watercolor paper
matte medium adhesive
acrylic paint: orange, mustard, citron green, aqua, periwinkle, black
white gel pen
Fornasetti face toner copy
clear packing tape
black Staz-On ink
Tear strips of foreign newspaper and adhere to watercolor paper with glue stick. Coat with a layer of matte medium. I promise you there will be wrinkles, but do not fret. Dry with a heat gun and when the paper is no longer damp, roll out the wrinkles with a brayer. (If you are over-eager and roll too soon, your newspaper will pull off the surface and stick to the brayer, and you will not be happy!) Press hard and roll, roll, roll and those wrinkles will disappear.
Using foam brushes, add color with acrylic paint and blend with baby wipes. You will need to dry again and roll out the wrinkles.
Add brush strokes of black paint and then add design with a white gel pen through the Mini Coaster Stencil.
Create an image transfer using a toner copy of a Fornasetti face. Cover completely with clear packing tape and burnish thoroughly with a bone folder. Soak for a few minutes in warm water and then rub the paper off leaving the image on the tape. Be sure to get every bit of the paper rubbed off or your image will be cloudy. Adhere to artwork with matte medium.
Add words cut from vintage text to create a message for the piece.
An application of black Staz-On ink frames the outside edges of the piece.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial.
I’ll see you next time!