Monday, August 24, 2015

Maiden of the Lake Mixed Media Hanging

Come along with me and create your own fantasy beach at a lake in your dreams....

Summer is in full swing and I'm still rejoicing with every warm, sunny day!  Even though we may be inside working on projects using the awesome Linnie Blooms products, we can still take a little fantasy trip to the beach and mix it up a bit....

Painting "freeform style" on Linnie Blooms canvas products is a natural choice...and that is just what I did to create this mystical background for the hanging.  Of course, I always have to add inky techniques, too...and then a little paper tearing....embellishing....something to do with birds....

Okay, okay.  This turned into a Mixed Media project.

So....let's go play!

Materials used:

Linnie Blooms: 5" x 11" Long Blank Canvas, Angel Stencil/Mask

Impression Obsession Rubber Stamps: Butterfly Kisses (B8122), Butterfly 4 (D7783)

Clearsnap: Clear Embossing powder, heat tool
                  ColorBox® Classic Pigment Inkpad (Frost White, Sweet Melon, Antique Pewter, Black)
                  Archival® Dye Inkpad (Wicked Black)
                  Top Boss® Clear Embossing Inkpad
                  Art Daubers

Beacon Adhesives: Fabri-Tac® Permanent Adhesive

Acrylic Paint, Glazes and Mediums of your choice 
Note: I used a combination of Plaid Folk Art Acrylic Paint (white) and Decorator Glazes (Aqua, Bluebell) but these specific paint colors and types may not be current names.

Pages of printed text torn from old books
Decorative paper scraps
Cardboard scraps
Cardstock scraps (grey, black)
Black eyelash yarn scraps (or other yarn, doll hair, etc scraps of your choice)
Ephemera of your choice: ribbon lace, feathers, etc
Mini craft clothespins or other clips
Paint brush
Color pencil
Iron, 2 non-stick mats


Squeeze a dime-size dollop of white, blue and aqua paint directly onto the blank canvas. Distribute the paint over the entire canvas, lightly blending and thinning with water as needed; dry completely. Repeat on reverse side, if desired; dry. Place canvas on one non-stick mat; place second mat on top and iron on a low-medium setting until canvas lies flat and most wrinkles and ridges are gone.

Trace the angel shape on cardboard; cut out. Using the dauber, apply white ink over entire shape; heat with heat gun to dry. Dab Sweet Melon over head; dab pewter over entire dress area. Using DPT, apply black, using pad edges to create a geometric pattern of your choice. Sprinkle on clear embossing powder; heat. Draw eyes and mouth with marker; press clear embossing inkpad over entire shape, sprinkle on more powder and heat again.

Glue ephemera of your choice onto angel, as shown. Hand tear paper scraps; glue angel and remaining ephemera onto canvas.

Stamp butterfly in Wicked Black on black yardstick scrap, color with color pencils, cut out and attach. Stamp phrase in white on grey cardstock scrap, hand tear and attach. Add ribbon trim and clothespins to hang.
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  1. Lovely project Gail, now to enjoy my own fantasy trip to the beach...from indoors!

  2. It's waaaay too chilly today for any beachin!