Did you ever have one of those pieces that you're working on , and just aren't satisfied with it, and you keep adding more stuff to it? Well, this is one of those pieces, and luckily I documented the process with photos. So come along with me on my journey, and I'll show you. So the first thing I did was take a gallery wrapped 8 x 10 canvas and collaged black and white papers on it, because that's the theme-right?
The sheet music is from a collage pack that I purchased from Ophelia--wonderful items in this pack, including some old ledger papers, which I love. And she still has more available--just click on her name for the link. It was perfect for what I wanted, because I knew that I was going to be putting roses on it, and the name of the song was "Under the Rose Arbor"--perfect :D
After that, I put a titan buff wash over it (I know, I know--it's not white, but I would say it's ivory--a member of the white family) and Golden's crackle paste on the edges and on the rose stencil. I love this crackle paste, because that's just what it does when it dries-- it cracks.
So I added some script stamp in places and the ladies face--I love this stamp--I use her alot.
Okay, you see that house in the corner? Well, that's an inkjet transfer, that I'm so proud that I can do now, but I was looking at it, and thought "this is too dark, hmmm, I know, I'll outline it (it wraps around the side of the canvas too). So after I did that, I said "no, it's too dark--it's gotta go"
P.S. Notice the music title is just about gone, except for the word Arbor--well that will still work.
So let's move forward a little bit--I got rid of the house and added more sheet music there and in other places and at the top I added the word Dance from another song title, because as you can see "Under the Rose Arbor" is long gone. I had these fabric flowers that I added for more texture, also. At this point, I said (notice I'm not thinking anymore, I'm saying--in other words I'm talking to myself or arguing with Clara my muse--one or the other), "okay, it's finished" and I varnished it (gloss varnish), and this was my final photo for MMM. Yesterday morning when I looked at it, I said, "I don't like it", so back to the drawing board--
So now...... I added more stamping (I stamped onto old sewing pattern tissue papers and collaged them into the heart and around different places) I dirtied up the flowers, because they were just too white. Let me see, what else--just more stamping. And I said "okay, now it's finished" and this was the final photo for MMM. A few hours later I was looking at it, and I said "it needs something, hmmm, how about a hanger?"
P.S. What happpened to the word Dance? I can hardly see it!
And here is the finished piece....... I think. If this was Mixed Media Tuesday, I'd probably be still adding stuff to it. I have to say that I like it better in person--everything shows up so flat on the computer screen--you lose the texture of the piece. So, that's it, I hope you enjoyed my "tutorial"?