Sunday, September 21, 2008

First Mixed Media Canvas

As I've explained, I've been working on my first mixed media piece other than art journals. I choose a canvas, gesso'd it, attached some mixed papers, then washed it with a coffee bean and then flesh acrylics. After that, I cut a tree out of of some scrapbook paper, and dabbed on some green leaves.

While that was drying, I sketched a girl and some pumpkins on some watercolor paper, finished them with water color paints, gel pens and markers.

Once my paper doll and pumpkins were cut out, I attached them to the canvas and sealed the entire piece with Modge Podge.

Once that dried, I added some "confetti leaves", the paper leaf, some glitter and finally the fibers on the edge and this is what I'm left with......
I'm fairly happy with how my first attempt turned out, but I still think it's missing something. I'm not sure what. A "title"? A poem? Some sort of words...... I dunno.... But overall, yes, I'm happy with it. Let me know what you think.... and be honest!! I have thick skin! lol


purplecat said...

As a first attempt I think its great!!, just keep going, I find I pick things up along the way and am learning all the time!

Anne said...

Hi Sandy! First I want to thank you for your kind words and thoughts and prayers. They are appreciated! :-)

Next I'd like to say that I really like your mixed media piece! I love how the tree turned out. And I like all the textures and layers you have.

I just signed up for Suzi Blu's Les Petite Dolls class the other day, so I can learn her style of making faces and layers. You can read about the class at: It's $55. The class started a while ago, but you can download the .PDFs and videos to your own computer and work at your own pace. I'm having a lot of fun! Maybe I'll see you there!!! :-)

Jo Wholohan said...

this is looking great sandy, well done, thanks for participating xx

notmassproduced said...

it's fab - i especially love the little girl

Colette said...

I love it!

Judy Hartman said...

Hi Sandy,
I think this is wonderful for a first attempt!!
Love the tree and your use of mixed media!
Thanks for your nice comment on my blog!
Judy :-)

Jennifer Roberson Williams said...

What a wonderful first attempt! I really like how you layered the background.

If I had to make a suggestion (since you asked what we think) I would say give your character a little more color. She blends in a bit with the background.

You are off to a great start!

suze said...

Hi Sandy,
Layers are so much fun. I like to add some bees wax as a finishing touch. You could put more leaves on top of the wax and add more wax on top of the leaves for more dimention. It's a great first attempt. Keep at it.

Dana said...

I love it! I really notice the yellow on the left side. Perhaps your girl's dress could have some yellow gel pen doodles to call more attemtion to her.

LaY hOoN said...

Wow !! This is such a beautiful piece of canvas ! Love it.

Sharon said...

great start to mixed media. I think you are right about needing text. I have discovered that is needed sometime in my pieces. I hope you keep playing mixed media ART.