Monday, June 13, 2011

Something just for fun...

I have and always will love scrapbooking but lately I've really wanted to try something different.  My sister-in-law Michelle does some amazing art journaling and I've always admired her creations and wanted to try it myself.  But I'll admit I was scared to try.

So my good friend Lynne and I decided we would try making a mixed media project of our own.  One afternoon we sat down and watched quite a few different video tutorials.  We especially liked the "She art" by Christy Tomlinson.  (I didn't attempt a girl for my first project but in the near future I'll be making one.)  I really wasn't sure that I would be able to make a mixed media art canvas and it not look like a 5 year old had done it.  (no offense to any 5 year olds out there!)  And if you know me, I like to create with a plan in mind.  So trying something that I really didn't have a plan for and really didn't know what it would end up looking like really did scared me.  But thankfully I had Lynne by my side encouraging me on.  Thanks Girlfriend!  :)

Here is my finished project.....

 This canvas has a heap of layers on it.  Paper, gesso, modeling paste, mists, paint, and so much more!

I used bubble wrap, stencils, and a few odd bits to make the texture on my canvas.

This is my other canvas I made.

For this one I used old dictionary pages to cover the canvas.  I loved the camera in the bottom corner so I highlighted it with a heart.  I really should post this one yet as I want to write something on it.  But I'm not sure what yet and I was really excited to share it.

Another project I did recently just for fun was make this mini album.  My good friend Stephanie sent me a paper pack by Echo Park and I wanted to play with it.  I didn't put photos in it because I'm not sure what I'm doing with this album yet.

This album is actually acrylic.  Its hard to tell in the photos though.  One side I covered with paper and one side I left the acrylic showing and embellished on top of it.  I am still loving my DT assignments and challenges, but it was nice just to make for....well, just for making!  Thanks Stephanie for my box of fun!  :)  I'll be back with some other projects before too long.  See you then!


  1. These are awesome projects! Love the layers and textures on the canvasses!

  2. Incredible! Your canvas projects turned out way cool! So proud you pushed yourself to go outside your comfort zone. You're a natural I'm telling you! It's fun to do a project and just see where it goes. Well done!

  3. These are GORGEOUS!! Loving the bird on the first one! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. Bet you're now wondering why you were scared of it. These are superb, but then your work always is.

  5. Lydia, your canvases are stunning! Hugs, Kissinia DT

  6. Love the mixed media projects!!! They're awesome! I recently bought 2 small canvases but have yet to be brave enough to do anything with them.

  7. You so rocked the canvas' girlfriend. I was secretly worried with mine once I saw how easy you made it look and the amazing completed pieces. Can't wait to play again


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