Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Do you dabble in other hobbies?  Or even with other techniques or approaches when you are being creative?  I will admit, I don't always.  I think I am a lazy scrapper sometimes.  But this past weekend, I dabbled in a bit of mixed media art.  Yep, gesso, acrylic paint, watercolors and mist.  It was fun to throw inhibition to the wind and just make an expression of something I am feeling.

I had a small canvas in my stash for a long time now and always had good intentions of using it.  But, the lazy thing happened.  Or, maybe I wasn't ready to let go of design principles and just make something.  Until now...

Here is what I created:

I started with a blank canvas and added a layer of gesso.  After allowing that to dry, I simply brushed on some sand and blue acrylic paint (using random strokes).  I added a spritz of blue and a spritz of green mist.  I knew I wanted to use the new Notations line from Teresa Collins.  This line was meant to be altered and used in a variety of ways.  I used green watercolor paints to alter a sheet of Calendar paper.  I also applied some distress ink in blue and yellow.  Then I cut out the individual "numeral" cards. 

I hand drew and cut the red heart and gave the insides a spray of red ink to make it pop.  The rest is as easy as layering pieces of the sheet paper and the calendar numbers.  When I applied the sheet music, I actually used a coat of Mod Podge to make it shiny.  Nothing like some Blingage wings to finish it off and symbolize my heart that is about to soar.

The cards have pop dots underneath for dimension. I love how layered and textured it is.

Supplies:  Teresa Collins Notations 12X12 papers (Calendar, Music), Notations kit Die-cuts, Matt's Wings Blingage

I wasn't sure I was artistic enough to make something like this.  But dabbling and exploration led me there!

I think it is about time to dabble in other things too!  How about you?  I would love to see what you are creating!


  1. fabulous! i've had some canvases and gesso just sitting around too - you've inspired me to pull them out.

  2. Wow Stacey! This is fabulous! I think you should dabble more often!

  3. This is GORGEOUS! I Loveeeeeeee the journaling in the heart and the layered cards! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. This is just fantastic...I LOVE it Stacey..so beautiful.

  5. This is stunning STacey! I absolutely love it--especially the color treatment of the background. Wow!

  6. I love it Stacey ! it's so beautiful !

  7. I have to differ with you on the assessment that you didn't use design principles...your piece attracts the viewer...keeps them interested...makes them think...those are the goals of my artist creativity.
    I think you have, perhaps inadvertently (sp?) used the principles of design extremely well!

  8. Your canvas is eye-catching, very striking. I love how you used the squares behind your very cool heart journaling and the white space..


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