Monday, June 24, 2013

Mixed Media Colour Challenge #1

So, I've decided to give this new challenge from Mona Pendleton & Sue Lelli a go!  I'm nervous because I am so new to this Mixed Media thing, and Art Journaling!  I want to do the Art Journaling bit, for sure, but I've realised that "my" mixed media, in my eyes, always looks like a mess!  That's what happens when you have been making CAS cards for so long, all this layering and splattering and collaging.....it's scary!

But I love these colours so much and I immediately thought of the song "La Vie en Rose" by Edith Piaff, and I had a teeny tiny image sent to me long ago of this Parisien lady in this hat, so I decided to try and sketch it in order to fit her in my repurposed art journal (10.5" X 14.5"), so here it is:


I basically painted the page in pink with SPUN SUGAR DISTRESS PAINT,  then gessoed over it, then collaged a few strips of pink patterned papers over that.  After that I covered the entire page with white acrylic paint, or maybe that's where I used the Gesso, who knows, by this stage I am so lost that I just DO, whatever, something, anything.....

Then came the sketch, the colouring of the hat with a Gelato and water.  Next came the typed text, the French Lyrics to the song, the words are really special and so, so romantic!  I roughly applied some METALLIC SILVER LUMIERE paint around the edges of the page and wiped it around with a tissue.  I then used some very old Tattered Angels stencils with Black Dylusions ink spray.  A bit of WASHI TAPE, and a lighter pink GELATO and silver paint around the text.

WOW, how far is that from a CAS creation!  I'm now tired!  Off to take out my frustrations on a Spinning bike after not being able to run for 3 weeks already because I sprained my ankle!

Have an awesome day everyone!

16 comments:

alexandra s.m. said...

This is very cool Brenda!
Love your color palette as well ;-)
Thanks!

Lisa said...

A ton of work went into this B! My goodness! You are more adventurous than I when it comes to all this mixed media stuff :)

I don't think I realized you sprained your ankle?! I knew you were having foot issues but....
sorry!! Hope you are up and at it again real soon! XXX

joy said...

LOVE your mixed media page, Brenda! You have done a great job with all the layering and mixing of paints, inks and images!

Moz said...

Oh WoW, Brenda! I'm impressed! Awesome page and whilst it seems to have left you shell shocked, it works! Great work my friend. Real eye candy! Need to see it IRL!
Hugz

Sue Lelli said...

Hello, Brenda! I am so GLAD a CAS girl like you got messy and played with us! THIS is just Fantastic! LOVE the theme, LOVE all of your steps and mediums, and that hat! SIGH....THX for playing with us at A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

Lisa said...

This turned out so pretty Brenda! That is a great song and I think you've captured it beautifully here! Hope you're doing well ;)

Dawn Turley said...

Interesting page Brenda. I'm like you Brenda... I find it hard to do this sort of Mixed Media... much prefer CAS or minimal layers. Love the colours you chose. Your lady looks stunning. Well done

Nat said...

beautiful mixed media design, love the hot pink and soft background details!!!! Love this :) !!!!

Mona Pendleton said...

So pretty Brenda! Love all the stenciling on the background! Thanks for joining along with A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

Rosemary said...

this is just amazing, Brenda! you and mixed media got quite well together... the details are amazing! so sorry to hear you sprained your ankle... i hope that it is fully recovered!

Martha said...

WOW, Brenda! What a FABULOUS mixed-media design! You nailed it! You've included SO many lovely details. AND, WOW, you "sketched" the lady! You are one talented artist! Well done!

Hugs!

Martha said...

Brenda, I forgot to mention, I'm so sorry to hear about your sprained ankle. They are NO fun to deal with. Hope your recovery is quick.

Hugs!

Trinh said...

Cool page! I really like the colors and layered elements. Kudos to you for stepping out of your comfort zone!

Michelle said...

Wow! Brenda, I'm speechless!!! I don't know that song, but I bet you captured it! Really lovely!

Maria said...

Never would have known that you are a CAS girl! I really like this page...so pretty! Gorgeous background and pretty image!

Maureen Morton said...

Good girl for stretching yourself with this - and it worked so beautifully! So many yummy layers created such a richness. You continue to amaze, Brenda.