Mixed Media ACEOs, and updates

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Mixed Media ACEOs/ATCs

I’ve spent the last four or five hours creating this set of four ACEO/ATC cards.  It’s been a while since I did any mixed media work, but I felt the need to get a bit messy.

Each card measures 2½” x 3½” (approx. 6.5 cm x 9 cm) with the substrate being some fairly thick Kraft card.

I started by using some yellow Frog Tape to hold the cards together so I could make the background at the same time.

I started by applying PaperArtsy Fresco Paints to the kraft card until I had a finish I liked.  The colours I used were Cheesecake, Rose and Sherbet.

The next step was to add some Windsor and Newton Modelling Paste through a couple of stencils (one was the dot fade stencil by Tim Holtz, the other a mini dragonfly stencil by Creative Expressions).

Once the modelling paste was dried, which I hurried along using a Tim Holtz Heat Tool from Ranger, I watered down some Alchemy Waxes from Imagination Crafts  (white gold, tulip and apple green)and used a paintbrush to colour the dragonflies.  I then used the wax and a piece of Cut and Dry Foam from Ranger to apply some of the waxes over the dot patterns.

Once I’d finished applying the wax, I wasn’t happy with the result on the dragonflies, so I used Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint in Rich Gold to re-colour them. I was much happer with the results, especially the dragonflies that I’d coloured pink/red.

The next step was to have a furtle through various coloured diecuts I have in my stash.  Every now and again, I spend a day cutting out various die cuts (mainly cogs, flowers and foliage, but sometimes other things too) and then colouring them to add to my stash.  It saves on time when I have the urge to do some mixed media work. It also makes use of my rare urges to do die cutting, which I find a very tedious process.

After a good furtle, I found some cogs that would work on two ACEOs that had just the dots on the background. I couldn’t find anything I’d want to add to the dragonflies; I was just happy with them as they were.

The die cuts were applied with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue from Creative Expressions, then some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink with a wet brush was used to add shadows.

I used a Quickie Glue pen from Sakura and Gold Superfine Embossing Powder from WOW to add some gold dots and to areas where there was no embossing paste.  Following this, I edged the cards using a piece of Cut and Dry foam and black Archival Ink from Ranger.

 

I then chose some words from the Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers and glued them down with the Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic glue, and used a damp brush and a China Black Inktense pencil from Derwent to add shadows around the stickers.

The very final step was to add some sparkly gems, and they were done!  Once all is dry, I can add my information to the back and so on, and I have some ACEO cards to use on other mixed media projects or in my art journal.

Other arty news

Over the past week I’ve been keeping myself artfully busy learning a bit more about Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and how it works for me; you could say I’m building up a relationship with it.

For now, I’ve been drawing LOTS of mandalas!  I’m keeping them back from t’internet as I hope to publish them (some are already spoken for by the Colorist app), and other people asked if I was going to make some available for purchase.  So, I’m building up a collection of them for that purpose – either with a publisher, or I’ll self-publish if necessary.  I’ve also done a couple more small mandalas that work nicely as designs to be coloured and made into greetings cards, kind of like digital stamps.

Talking of digital stamps (digi stamps), there are some ideas rattling around my noggin that I’d like to try out, so there’ll be more news on this later on no doubt.

It looks like I’m going to be doing a colouring book of spooky templates in the near future, so if anyone has any ideas for ‘spooky’ or ‘eerie’ then feel free to share!

I also have a few ideas for written books rumbling around my noggin; however, it’s really hard for me to do something with them as I doubt myself so much, think they’re silly ideas, and so on.  The ideas aren’t wholly in my noggin, I do have notes on them on the ‘puter which need tidying up…but I’m finding it difficult to do this because of all my self-doubt and self-criticism. I just need to keep saying to myself, ‘But you have recorded these ideas so they are there for you, so you have made progress).

Other things going on in my life

A week ago, I finally had the hedge at the front of the house removed, as well as the back garden completely cleared.  My garden is tiny, but it’s amazing how much space was hidden by the cotoneaster and forsythia!  I do have some clean up to do, but there’s no great rush on that.  I also need to consider what to do with the back garden.

The process of getting this done has caused me great anxiety, but there was an ah-ha moment when I realised that some voile panels in the windows in my front room would help me to feel ‘safer’ and more ‘private’ while letting in daylight.  For a long time I’ve hid behind curtains; well, I still am, but at least I can see out through the voiles even if people outside can’t see in!  Why I didn’t think of this a long while ago, I don’t know, but thank goodness I did!

I’ve done a couple of anti-stigma talks for Time to Change Wales, and I’m seriously wondering if I’m really making any difference as my story is so bland and ordinary … after all it’s not a dramatic tale to tell, and I really don’t think it’s anything people haven’t heard/seen on TV on the soaps and so on…so I’m really feeling quite downhearted about that at the moment.

I know it may very well pass, but at the moment … it’s difficult….my therapy?  Art of course!

 

Embrace change and fly – mixed media.

embrace change and fly 1 by Angela PorterThis is something I finished today.  It’s not my usual intricate, fussy kind of work, but instead I’m working with mixed media.

To create this I have used gesso, crackle paste, various acrylic paints, iridescents, stamps, stencils, pens, Gelatos and a whole heap of patience with myself and breaks away from it to regroup and return with fresh eyes and new ideas.

I’m quite pleased with the end result … and I think I have learned some things through doing this.

Art Journal Page

Today, I followed my instincts/intuition and spent time creating an art journal page. It’s not often I share my art journal pages it has to be said, but this one is something different for me in terms of my art journal.

The tree looks like it’s made out of Tiffany-style glass and shimmers slightly with a golden opalescence. The words are very appropriate for this point in my life. I really am standing at the threshold of a door that is opening into newness for me and it is both exciting and scary, but I’m taking the decisions to step through that door as fearlessly as I can.

My art journal is proving very useful for my personal progress and insights into myself and what is happening within me when I don’t have words to describe it. It is also a way for me to explore different ways of artistic expression, including me getting very mucky fingers and hands today, which is most unlike the usual me!

What it did allow me to do was to find a sense of contentment, inner peace and the ability to have a gentle smile on my face throughout the day, even now. That truly is a good thing!

That happens when I create art of all kinds, but even more surprisingly it does when I’m working out what is going on with those pesky ‘inner demons and black dogs’ – the negative thought patterns that are so wrong. It’s easier to dispel them when I’m creating, a lot easier.

A article entitled “Is colouring as a hobby beneficial or harmful?” was shared on my Facebook account today, and re-shared by myself.

My answer to the headline question would be that it is whatever each person gains from the experience.  For some it is creative as they utilise all their creative skills in the use of colour, for others it is developing and exploring how they can use pattern, for others it is just a pleasurable break from the hurly-burly of everyday life, for some it becomes an almost meditative practice where they lose themselves in the flow of the process, for some it may be a return to the innocence and lack of responsibility of childhood.

What is wrong with these things?  Nothing!  Are they harmful?  I doubt it.

Yes, it’s something that seems to be ‘all the rage’ now, the colouring ‘fad’; but is it a fad?

Adults have always coloured in and enjoyed doing so, just not quite as openly as now.  Colouring books for the more mature market have been available for many years for those who saught them out.

What was once a hobby, an interest, a pastime that was done almost in secret is now coming out into the light, and that can only be a good thing.

Here’s the art journal page I created today, and though it isn’t my best drawing work, it’s not meant to be.  and I enjoyed the colouring of the tree and so on as much as I did the drawing and everything else!  And I feel calm, peaceful and content even now, some hours after I finished the work.

And that is no bad thing at all.

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