Wednesday, 22 July 2015

My Mixed Media Fail...

Yep....that's right readers I am sharing with you what I consider to be my epic mixed media fail.  I was all ready to either go wash all this off or bin it, when my bestie Faith convinced me that it wasn't a fail at all and that I should share it with you all and let you guys be the judge.

Those of you who follow me regularly know that I am only just beginning this mixed media journey and I don't have a lot of confidence in my creations.  I begin with such high hopes and a wonderful picture in my head, but what I end up with is never what I see in my minds eye.  This can be said for this project.  It just evolved and no matter how hard I tried to "rescue" it the worse it seem to get.

I did something I have never done before and that is I started with a black base....and layered up a variety of bits n bobs, charms, burlap, modelling paste, and resin pieces.  Here are few process pics I managed to take along the way.

 I then gave this all another liberal coating of black gesso....sorry guys no pics of it at this stage, but it was tooo dark for me so I dry brushed over some white gesso and got this....

Then I set to work spraying....first with a couple of gold sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  I used Gold Doubloon and Gossamer Gold.

Then I reached for my all time favourite, Tibetan Poppy Teal and Autumn Crimson Maple and this it what it looked like....

However I wasn't happy with that so I pulled out my copper metallic ink pad and rubbed it over all the raised surfaces and heat dried it,

but I still wasn't happy with it so I give it one more spray of the Autumn Crimson Maple and after heat drying it I lightly spritzed it with Burnished Brass.

I have tried taking photo's from various angles and at different times of the day to try and get a true depiction of what it looks like, but to no avail.

 I even tried a white background with the mid afternoon sun coming into my room, but still it shows up much brighter than in real life....

So this is it... the final product.  I have been staring at it for about a week now and it is slowly growing on me. It still isn't what I set out to create or what I saw in my minds eye, but it is what is.

Thanks for joining me today.  Please be sure to check out Faith Pocock Craft Studio Ltd for her range of Lindy Stamp Gang Sprays, Prima Art Basics Modelling Paste  and The Crafters Workshops Stencils

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till next time...
....remember to live your bliss......
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  1. Wow!!! I wish my 'fails' looked this good. This is stunning Kimi .. I am so glad your friend convinced you to share it. Great colour .. looks like it's got a lovely shimmer to it .. and fab textures as well. I looooveeee this ... totally awesome!!! xx

    1. Wow! Thanks Margaret. I love mixed media, but sometimes I swear it doesn't love me. Plus this form of "art" is right out of my comfort zone. I am going to try and again, except this time I will use a white background and see how that goes. Thank you for taking the time to come over and check out all my other pics. I really appreciate you and all your feedback. (((Hugs))) Kimi xx

  2. I'm glad you shared too Kimi! My mixed media projects seldom turn out the way I thought they would. I guess this is how our individual styles evolve. Keep at it Girlfriend!! xx

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to come over and check it out Esther and you are right....and Faith is constantly telling me to embrace the imperfections...I do love playing around with all this stuff and I learnt heaps from this project. I am going to try again .... see what evolves ;) Kimi x

  3. Oh Kimi, this is INCREDIBLE! It may not have turned out as you pictured but I don't think any mixed media do, the beauty is via your techniques, layers, experimenting etc, it's taken on a magnificent personality all of it's own! The colours are gorgeous (& I zoomed it), textures are wonderful & that face? Totally rocks. As do all your embellies. I would be chuffed to bits if this were mine. So pleased you took friend's advice & shared. Fantastic!

    1. OMGosh C, thank you soooo much. It certainly took on a life of its own!! The more I did to "reign it in" the worse it got....I am going to try again, except with a white background. Thank you so much for leaving a comment....for always leaving a comment. I so appreciate you. Kimi xx

  4. Gorgeous piece - you've achieved 'by accident' what many artists work towards for years! Well done.

    1. Thank you Win Dinn. It certainly took a lot of encouragement to put this out here for all to see. Thanks for taking the time to come have a look and leave a comment. I appreciate it. Kimi

  5. I wish I was brave enough to make something like this. Very pretty!

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