Friday 8 November 2013

follow your heart ... mixed media collage 1

Good morning! Today at Crafts 4 Eternity, we have an ANYTHING BUT A CARD challenge. So, I thought this would be a good opportunity to finish off my first mixed media collage.

OK. So back over a month ago, I joined up with a mixed media class by Daria Pneva. The task was to complete five collages.

I just love this whole mixed media stuff and Daria's work, but did not think I could accomplish it. The course is entirely in Russian, which I do not understand a word of, I just followed the techniques which Daria demonstrated in her videos. Hopefully I got it right!

For my first collage you can see how it started out life here here: mixed media collage 1 start.

At first base you can see this. To be honest I did not like it :(

You can already see the papers. I used Basic Grey ~ Eva scraps from a 6 x 6, with some 7 gypsies washi tape. Where would this go? 

So by the end of video one, it looked like this.

Hmmmm. Still not liking it. Why ever did I create with these papers? So it gave me a mental block and I didn't do any more for over a month!

OK. So then I picked it up again, wanting to challenge myself to finish it.

I got to here, by the end of the second video and realising I would go with a 'love' theme. One evening took me through these steps.

Still something lacking, but I was seriously loving the whole creative process.

This step created lots of texture which I love.


And then I entered into the third tutorial. Adding the depth and texture was sooooo much fun and I loved every step. Rummaging through my box of rub-ons, it started to take on a life of its own. It took me just one more evening to get to the final product. I cannot even believe I made this. It's not often that I love what I make, but I love this! I cannot even believe that what I started out with, ended up like this! I have loved the whole creative process. I want to do more!!

Here is the finished piece, although it looks a million times better in real life.

And some close ups. Click on pics to see better.

I am entering this in at the following challenges:
Thanks for looking.


Amanda said...

What a fabulous journey you have been on and your destination is fabulous!! Welcome to the world of mixed media
Amanda x

Claudia N. said...

The fun you had making this page is soo visible! It pops out of every detail! A lovely make!
Thank you for sharing it with us at TIOT!

Claudia x

Zoechaos said...

I love what you have created here such wonderful texture and gorgeous colours, the reintroduction of the base papers at the finish with the hearts is lovely. Thank you for joining our RAQ at Unruly XOXO Zoe

Meggymay said...

Fantastic project, so many awesome details and textures. Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's,

Mrs.B said...

This is a fabulous canvas, something I've just been venturing into, great step by step pics - and a wonderful transformation.
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
Avril x

Pia S said...

WOW, wow, wow! I love that you showed images from start to finish of this project - I would never have guessed your papers and tapes could be transformed into THIS! It's a piece of art!!! I'm so impressed by what you achieved here - the end result looks fantastic! Love it!

Evil Edna said...

this is just wonderful tahnk you so much for showing it to us on tiot , really like the how to photos.EE

Dagmar said...

This is so beautiful, thanks for sharing the steps. Dagmar

Claudine said...

This is a beautiful creation, all the wonderful layers and stencil use here is amazing!! Thanks for joining us this month at Unruly Paper Arts!

Ellie Knol said...

Thanks for joining us at TIOT with this colourful project! It is a WOW project....
xxx Ellie xxx

ddazzled71 said...

Keely this is just stunning, I love your background and all the wonderful texture you have created for this project, your embellishing finishes this off beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Unruly PaperArts this month. Danie xx

Alexa said...

You are rightly pleased with this lovely piece - it is stunning! Love the fact you showed how you made it - great tutorial which others can have a go at too. Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT! x