Please help me welcome our 2nd guest blogger for the month of August! Take it away, Cecily!
Hello Scrap Shoppe friends! My name is Cecily and I am guest posting from Craftopotamus. I define a craftopotamus as anyone who indulges regularly in three or more crafts. I quilt, sew, paint, knit, crochet and make jewelry and I particularly like to make gifts of my art.
My sister loved the quote and asked me to make her one for her office, but a canvas with wings wasn’t quite right for her or her office. She also wanted something that she could frame. So after some thought, I came up with this…
It’s mixed media: water color, oil pastels, paper collage, paint markers and gel markers. It wasn’t as complicated as you might think… you just need to “build” it in layers.
I started with a 12″x16″ piece of water color paper and marked off the edges so she could mat it to 11″x14″ easily. I played with some water color paints just to start some colors for the background. If you don’t have paint, you can start with any great scrapbook paper. Then I copied out the quote in a word processing program and played with the size and font until I was happy with it. I printed it and cut out the words ransom note style and the found some awesome images from The Graphics Fairy. Here you can see the quote and images at this point:
Once I was happy with the layout, I used a glue stick to glue it all down with a few more random pieces cut from magazines and catalogs.
To finish it off, I had fun with some paint markers and gel pens and VOILA!
I’m pretty sure I apply as a craftopotamus! I like the sound of that better than eclectic crafter. 😉
I just love the mixed media canvas! The colors are great and its so whimsical. And how about that quilt? Cecily has many more of those on her blog. Be sure and check them out!
Thanks, Cecily, for sharing this great project with us!