Hello! This month we are partnering with Lost Coast Designs. They have so many awesome, unusual, quality detailed stamps it's hard to choose. I however am a HUGE fan of Frida Kahlo and of course I jumped at the opportunity to do a project with this gorgeous stamp! A little mixed media canvas piece for you to enjoy.
Acrylic paint assorted colors
Assorted paint brushes
As always, I have my starting selection laid out. I don't normally use everything, but I like to have things that might work, at the ready.
Here I have used black ink on my Frida stamp. It is stamped onto the smooth side of some water color paper. I have used black fine embossing powder over the top and heat set so some of the stamped places have a bit of shine to them. This is my main image for the piece.
Next, I use red acrylic paint and a dry 1.5 inch bristle paint brush and randomly apply paint to my 8 x 8 stretched canvas.
I start adding some paper scraps from my stash and some washi tape. I love the colors popping against the red. I also used another Lost Coast stamp here (a kind of zentagle heart) from a set, you will see used in a later piece. Whenever I think of Frida, hearts come to mind and I think it works well here. I also used embossing powder on this one to match the main piece.
More collage using a paper napkin to break up the straight edge of the other paper piece. HINT, paper napkins are great to use in collage. Remove the white paper layer from the colored napkin portion. That way, you don't have to worry about the white separating from the image when you go to collage. Also, with that layer removed, any white areas from the top piece of the napkin will become see through when you put them on. Here you can see both the red from the canvas and the blue from the watercolor paper showing through the white lines of the napkin pattern. I have splattered the canvas with some lime green, watered down acrylic, to add some more interest.
I have applied some gold crackle paint to the Frida stamped image, around the edges. I used the same paint on the wooded crown piece above her. I arrange my dimensional embellishments in a pattern that pleases me and glue them down.
As a last step, I used black shiny acrylic as a border, use my paint brush to dab on the lines around the "frame" and add some glitter into the wet spots of acrylic. I also wrapped the white edge of the canvas in a gold ribbon (can't see it here, sorry) just to give the edges a finished look. You could also paint them or leave them white, it's up to you. After everything dries, the piece is very textural with a lot of dimension and a little shine. I love it and am keeping this one for MYSELF!!
I hope you enjoy her and as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me a message and I will be happy to answer!
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Jen Rothstein (Dog-Ma Studio) for AlteredPages.com