Monday, August 8, 2011

Change is good.

So I finally finished the mixed media on wood art project I started back on day 21 of my 30 DAYS challenge.

Change - Mixed-Media on wood panel 8 x 8 inches.

This was a lot of fun adding paint with my fingers, practicing my handwriting skills, and just exploring all the different techniques I've acquired through the years. The butterfly is a cut-out I made using a template to which I added some personal journaling. I used my $1 mini stamp set to add the word "change" along with some decorative stickers from the AMERICAN CRAFTS remarks accent set (black).   
Up close details of my personal journaling and stamped word "change".

You can also see the detail of the circle pattern I transferred onto the wood using Golden soft gel medium matte. I printed the pattern using my Kodak ink jet printer on cheap copy paper. I then tore the sheet by hand to create a soft organic feel before adhering it to the pre-painted background. When doing this transfer technique it is very important to apply gel medium on both the image and the canvas you are transferring on to. I also then apply gel medium on top of the image and allow for it to fully dry before I use my fingers (wet) to rub off the paper pulp to reveal the transferred image.

Circle pattern transferred onto wood canvas using gel medium.

I love how the background colors pop as they peek through the transfer image.
I had to experiment with different gel pens when adding my personal journaling. My Sakura gel pen (black) worked best; although I did have some problems writing on top of dried acrylic craft paint. The paint was too thick and it became super elastic in texture and the pen tore through the layer to reveal the white gesso background.

Art In The Mail! For those of you who follow my blog and emailed me your home address you will be receiving a letter that looks like these in the next couple of days depending where you live. Thanks again for your support and I hope you enjoy the gift ;-)

Thank you cards mailed out to friends enclosed with a magnet of my personal artwork.


  1. What a beautiful process. I love reading the steps an Artist takes to create their masterpieces. I still have to try the transfer technique myself. Your wood project is amazing. Love how you layer.

  2. the word 'change' is in such a great spot on the first piece -- it draws the eye right in. and the second i just love! what a great mix of earthy and bright colors, united by the circles!

  3. @Maggie
    Thanks ladies, I was not sure where this project would end and of course I'm still working on being brave with my handwriting skills but in the end I was happy with it and something inside me said "IT'S DONE!" - smiles

  4. Dear Sandra, I really like your mixed media on wood project. The wood itself adds a lot of lovely texture. Thank you for entering my 1000 post giveaway -I've got you down!
    ; ^ )lenna

  5. What an awesome mixed media project!!! The colors do pop. Thank you for sharing the step by step of how you created this. I love that you use the everyday products and nothing expensive too. BTW, I have the same $1 letter stamp set :) Gotta love the $1 box at Michaels!

    I see my envelope!!! I am so excited...thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. @~Rasz~
    Thanks Lenna! I can't wait to see if I win - crossing my fingers. I'm also working on my ATCs so I can mail them out on time. Any suggestions for a mailing date if I'm mailing them out to you from Lancaster, PA?

    Rasz, some how your emails have been showing up in my spam folder thus the late response... and yes that is your letter in the picture it should be coming to you any day now - mailed them out a bit later then intended, oppps Monday. $1 art supplies ROCK!



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