Textured Mixed Media Card with Rust Paste

I’m back with another Mixed Media project for Lulu Art!  Today we are going to create a mixed media card from vintage papers, scraps and the fabulous pastes and paints from Prima and Finnabair – go grab what you need to create this from the Lulu Art Store!

There are a few steps involved in creating this card – but each step is so simple you will easily be able to follow along and create your own version, plus it helps that there is a start to finish video at the bottom of each section.  Why so many steps, because each element helps build texture and layers of colour that you could just not achieve any other way (believe me I’ve tried!)!

Basic Process

Glue vintage papers onto a piece of thick base card using Matte Gel and allow to dry.

Scribble Neocolor in Gold and Ochre over the paper, spritz with water and spread with a paintbrush – this will add a more vintage look to the papers and give a consistent colour.

Add layers of paper, ephemera and material using Matt Gel and then add even more texture using stencils and Light Molding Paste.  Once this base layer is dry add Liquitex ink in Transparent Raw Umber to darken the background and collaged elements, spritz with water to vary the strength of the color.  I left it dark on the material and lighter on the background.

Using the dry brush technique, add a light layer of gesso over the background – you could stop right here it’s so pretty!

Add some stamping and stenciled images for a little variation, using Distress Oxide and Archival ink pads.

You can see exactly how the textured mixed media background was created in this process video.

 

The create the embellishment collage, add a layer of 3D elements (make sure these are chunky, eg: flowers, buttons, leaves, papers, vintage or ornate metal embellishments).  You can purchase pre-made embellishments or create your own, I’ve used a combination of purchased and hand-made elements.  Arrange in a pleasing layout and then glue onto your background.

Carefully cover all of the embellishments in Rust Paste – Dark Brown, make sure to coat the top and bottom of flower petals, also brush a little of the paint over the background.

Then using a fine brush or sponge (or both) add the yellow and orange Rust Paste and Light Patina and Turquoise Metallique Art Alchemy paints.

To finish the card panel add Light Patina and Turquoise Metallique paints to the background and spritz with water to make the colours run.  This visually separates the background and the embellishment layers, plus it looks so pretty!!!

Add some mini beads and text embellishments, mount the panel onto neutral coloured cardstock to finish, then sit back and admire the pretty colors – and they really are VERY pretty colours!

You can see exactly how each layer and colour was added to create the Rust Effects on the embellishments in this video.

 

and here are a couple of close-ups so you can see how absolutely yummy this looks.

 

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Monthly Challenge – Inspiration Card

We’ve had this idea brewing where we wanted to do something really positive with the business that would help others in some way. This month we have decided to introduce a regular monthly challenge which you all can participate in for the chance of a prize but also to do some good out there.

After reading about the Truth Card exchange put together by the Brave Girls Club we have been inspired to set up this inspiration card challenge that will result in helping others in a similar way. A simple card or tag with a quote which might just brighten someones day or potentially make a huge difference to someone who is doing it tough.

So here’s the deal – Decorate a small piece of card (example ATC size 2.5in x 3.5in – or similar) or even a tag including a positive uplifting message.  Photograph the item and email the picture to admin@luluart.com.au with “April Challenge” in the subject line or post it on our Lulu Art & Friends facebook page (a page we’ve set up where we can share interesting things we come across and you can all share photos of your art and mingle with each other).

After you’ve photographed the card we want you to give this card away — yes, give it away! – You can either give it directly to someone you know who needs a pick-me-up, you can leave it somewhere for a stranger to find, or alternatively you can send it to me (Lulu Art, PO Box 1769, Noosa Heads, Qld 4567) and I will pass it on to a dear friend (one of our design team mebers, Monika) who puts together cosmetic bags for women who have had to flee to shelters after domestic violence. Imagine how much of a difference it could make to one of these women to see a beautiful positive message.

Each month we will showcase some of the entries and choose a winner which will be published on our blog and the facebook page. Below is an example of one of these inspirational cards (or in this case a tag) made by one of our design team, Karen Knight. Thanks Karen for sharing this pic with us.

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I’d love for you to join us in this challenge and help make a difference out there. Our monthly winner will receive a store voucher to the value of $25.

Entries close on Friday 25th April and the winner will be announced on Monday 28th April.

Even if you don’t want to enter the challenge I would encourage you to do something like this to make a difference in someone else’s life.  We often have no idea what people around us are facing and receiving a gift like this could really brighten someones day. You never know what a simple gesture like that could mean to another person.

Can’t wait to see what you create!

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