Saturday, February 11, 2012
INK, PAINT & A PEARLY MIST . . . MY MIXED MEDIA EXPERIMENT
I don't normally dabble with mixed media but, as I was working on what I thought would be a strip of stamped and colored butterflies, something outside of the box reached right out and pulled me in! I held that narrow strip of watercolor paper in my hand, marveling at how pretty the butterflies looked, and then it occurred to me to swipe a different color of ink (four of the colors found on the butterflies) on each of the four corners. Hmmm, me thinks to myself . . . not bad . . . let's grunge it up a bit and add more stamped images. So I did. And then I decided to grunge it up a little more by spraying a "Perfect Pearl" mist, which added a really pretty pearlescence overall. Don't ask where my bravery came from, but I then reached for a gold acrylic paint dabber and randomly swiped gold onto the paper. I thought the gold looked a little too "boldish," so I lightly sanded the paper to tone it down. I really like the end result! It's a bit busy--but in a good way.