Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Mixed Media Art and Stamping

I love that you can use your stamps for so much more than "JUST STAMPING"!!!
Did you know that you can use fimo or scalpty (oven baked clay) to stamp into and use that as an embellishment on your projects??? We did it for this class...


The top left corner and bottom right corners are stamped with the ships log stamp from "The Open Sea" 123032 C Stamp Set and the inspirational greetings stamp... "Go confidently in the Direction of your Dreams" (from the Word Play stamp set -120651 C)
1. First you kneed the clay to make it nice and warm so that you do not have to push into the clay too hard...
2. You roll it out.. or flatten with hands etc ... to desired shape or size...
3. Then you stamp.... note.... you can use Versa Mark to coat the stamp if you like it prevents the clay sticking too much to your stamp.
4. Then you gently peal the clay away from stamp..
And there's your embellishment all ready to bake for 10- 15 mins in the oven... And you have a FANTASTIC original embellishment...

(I added a little something different to make the greeting words stand out a little more when I taught my ladies because I was not satisfied that the words were clear enough... I got them to coat the stamp in Gold pigment ink and that worked a treat.. and bakes in just fine...)

While we waited for the clay to cook we decorated the backing for the art work.. We took some old pieces of DSP (from the scrap draw) and tore it all up into strips... then we distressed it a little and glued it onto a card base to put in the frame... We then daubered some ink around it... (if you wanted to you could add some more stamping to the background... you could use some paint.. you could spritz... really the creativity options are endless...)

Also we took a length of  ribbon and used the re-inkers to dye it our desired colours... (This was an interesting experiment in its self.... it can get very messy!!! and... it can also not work out very well... The good thing to know though is you can always wash (Most) of the ink out and start again if you really don't like it...)

We then cut some of the ribbon in half.... and pulled some threads out to give the fringed look...

Once our clay was cooled we were able to adhere it to our backing with crystal effects...
We also use some broken pieces of jewellery and interesting bits and pieces to our art to add interest.. all bits were adhered with Crystal effects... (This is a great thing to do with that favorite earring that you only have one of or the broken jewellery you have stored in your jewellery box... While the Crystal Effects takes a little while to dry it holds really well and it is TOTALLY clear... )

We had loads of fun creating and playing... It was cool to see the individuality in each work of art...

Here's some of my ladies and their Mixed Media Art work...
The lovely Marj...


Beautiful little Miss Mia and Mummy's work of art... Michelle

Catherine and her awesome effort!!!

I hope you enjoy playing with lots of bits and pieces... Its fun to experiment!!!

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