Over at Simon Says Stamp and Show the challenge is "What are you known for?" This is a really great question, right? So there are 2 sides of this-my side, like what I think I am (or should be known for LOL) and then there is the perception of everybody else. So I conducted a study :) I asked my friends on Facebook what they thought I was known for. I got some great answers back like: always smiling, honest, fun to be with, hilarious, my laugh (which I tried to change one time but was unsuccessful), and positive. Yeah! I was super impressed. No one tried to be funny or smart alecky either!
So using my friends words I made this mixed media "canvas."
So the inspiration for doing this embroidery hoop canvas came from YouTube. I was searching for a different technique and ran across this video. She uses canvas, and I didn't have canvas but I had muslin. So that is, what I used for the base and I covered it in gesso. Side note-put a plastic bag or something under your material. Thankfully I was using my craft mat but if I wasn't-yikes!
I am also linking up to the Lessology Challenge-You are My Sweetheart-using Hearts and my upcycled item is my embroidery hoop.
Here is a picture of the main materials I used to create the background.
Close to My Heart makes a base paint that is pearl. They make it so that you can add their re-inkers to it and create matching paint colors to their stamp pads. So I used a yellow with it and painted the embroidery hoop. The color on the hoop is this shimmery yellow goldish color. I had a little extra so I put in on the gesso.
Then I used some Faber-Castell Gelatos-green. I added water to it and used it like paint. Then I took regular white acrylic paint and added Lawn Distress Re-Inker (like a drop or 2 it's very concentrated) and a couple of drops of yellow CTMH re-inker. It came out fabulous! I used bubble wrap and made spots and used foam letters (old and never been used before!) to spell out some of the words. I used a rub-on for "sweet" from Prima.
I used a page from the dictionary for positive. With my green and yellow paint I added the gel medium. This allowed the paint to become translucent. How cool is that! So you can read the words because of the gel medium-awesome!!
This is fabric that I ironed Pellon to (a fabric stiffener) and then colored with worn lipstick Distress Stain. I painted the chipboard pieces pink and then painted Rock Candy Crackle over them.
Here's a close up of the top. These are chipboard hearts that I covered with musical scrapbook paper and distressed with barn red. The scissors are on there because my friend Mynnette said I must have them-and she is right! I used pop dots on the big heart so the scissors would hang properly.
The center of the happy flowers are those little letter beads that kids would make bracelets with. I got those at a garage sale-score! ;)
This is a recent picture of me-I got a hair cut-Yay! :) I love this light bulb (TH). I dyed it with yellow alcohol ink and added yellow stickles. I added the crown because my friend Melissa said I was the Queen of Scrapbooking-LOL :) I don't know if I am-I don't have my own paper line yet but I am definitely a Princess! LOL ;) That's a Tim Holtz crown that I used alcohol inks-white picket fence and red to make pink. That beautiful flower is a Prima flower.
I hope you like my mixed media canvas and learning a little bit more about me! :) Until next time my friends...have a great weekend!