Hi Everyone! Carisa back with you today and I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I know we're already half into the month of January and time just continues to fly by. Hopefully, the newness, hope and anticipation of the new year has not worn off on you yet. I love the feeling of fresh beginnings and a clean slate. For my project today, I wanted to create something to hang on my wall to remind me to be positive every single day. I used some of my favorite products including: Gelatos® Colors 50's Diner Collection and Stamper’s Big Brush Pen for my stamping as well as Texture Luxe™ for added shine and dimension and more! A list of all the supplies used today can be found below.
I love creating mixed media wall hangings using embroidery hoops. I started by pulling out some muslin and cutting it to fit my hoop which is a size 4". Then I applied some gesso to prime the surface to receive all of the different mediums I planned on using. I dried this with my heat tool and took out 3 Gelatos® Colors from the 50's Diner Collection. I challenged myself to use colors I might not normally create with and I'm so happy with how these colors look together. You can't go wrong picking colors from a collection because they are designed to work beautifully together.
Once I was happy with my background layer it was time to add some texture using stencils. I used the same Gelatos® Colors to do some tone on tone texture blending with a baby wipe. Then I was ready to stamp my main image. I love stamping with the Stampers' Big Brush Pens because of the wide brush it's easy to cover the surface of my stamp and the india ink is permanent when dry which is perfect for the many layers I want to use. Muslin has a bit of texture so my stamping wasn't perfect but it's easy to go in and redraw the lines using one of the PITT® Artist Pen in black. I used the white Stamper's Big Brush Pen to give some highlights to my image.
Next, I wanted to add some more dimension and texture so I pulled out my Texture Luxe™ in Silver. I used my dauber to stamp simple circles on my canvas as well as around the outside of the hoop to tie it all together. I really love how this all came together and now I have something to inspire and encourage me throughout the year! I hope you are also inspired to create something using colors outside of your comfort because you never know when you might uncover a new favorite color palette. I know I will return to this one again. I also created a video for you which shows my process from start to finish:
Gelatos® Colors (Blood Orange, Squid Ink, Aqua Dolce)
Stamper’s Big Brush Pens (Black 199, Cold Grey IV235, Cold Grey III 232, White 101)
PITT® Artist Pen (Black 199 S)
Texture Luxe™ (Silver)
Mixed Media Stencils (Set 101)
You can find Carisa blogging at Inky Fairy Designs and Blitsy as well as follow her on instagram and YouTube where she shares works in progress and process videos. Her work has been published in magazines such as CardMaker, Stamper's Sampler and Scrapbook and Cards Today .