Thursday, June 19, 2014

~Dream Landscape~CC3 #4~June 19~Mixed Media


Hope you are having a really cool day this early hot summer, hot here anyways! But regardless, a great day never the less:)

I finally finished my two piece canvas mixed media project!! yay! This is another first among many on this creative journey. So many layers and texture, this was really fun to see how the piece changed along the way from how I had it pictured in my brain.

Initially I crafted this for the Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3 Challenge, round 4,  hosted at Studio L3 and the talented Linda Ledbetter along with the awesome Curiosity Crew! Thanks so much for all your hard work there:) The challenge this round is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique with a wonderful $25 gift card to a very lucky random winner! Each challenge follows along with a specific technique covered in the Tim Holtz book, Compendium of Curiosites Vol. 3. I won't go into the specific how-to of the technique, grab a copy and be inspired! It can be found on page 49, Layering Stencil and Texture Paste.

Along the way I stumbled upon two other fun play alongs at:
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge:Spray Inks and Mists MMMC #1
Mixed Media Mojo Challenge #1 Use Stamps and 2 Mediums

Both of these are new, so pop over and check 'em out.

All the challenges have truly inspired works so show your love with some visits and comments:)

Onwards! Here I go.....
This is "Dream Landscape". Each canvas is 5"x 7". Please click each image for a larger view.

With the dimension, the light catches differently so I added a flat view to see more, hopefully!

The dream sun was inspired by the stunning work by Rachel here and Lynn here. I applied the texture paste onto the canvas after the gesso dried using Tim's Rays stencil, flipped and adjusted a couple of times. I just used my finger to apply the paste, it was gooey fun and left a rougher texture. Once dry, I sprayed the sun with Dylusions spray inks.

The wall was made from texture paste as well, trusty finger applied I like the bumps:) The wall was painted with Distress Paint and a wet brush.

The stamped hot air balloons, clocks, words and more, I stamped onto tissue paper with Archival Ink, Black. I placed more distress paint onto my craft mat and pressed the stamped tissue into it. I sprayed some water to add more soft blending.

The orange chrysanthemum flower is my own photograph applied to the canvas by using the gel medium transfer method.

The background night sky used Distress Paint applied with a  dabber and sprayed with water to blend.

I really love how the stamped tissue blends into the image, I used thinned gel medium to layer the pieces onto the canvas.

Lastly, my workspace and colors used.

Thanks so much for all the inspiration and many kind words along the way! Thank you for looking!!

This is entered into:
Compendium of Curiosities V3 Challenge 4 Stencils Texture Paste, sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 gift certificate.

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 1 Spray Inks and Mists, sponsored by Inspiration Emporium with a $25 gift certificate.

Mixed Media Mojo, Stamps and 2 Mediums

P.S. Last but certainly not least, the last Wednesday of each month, Simon Says Stamp Blog has a special challenge call, "Work It Wednesday", to highlight what you have been working on during the month. This month's does not have a specific SSS product or theme. This canvas pair really meets the challenge. I am very happy with these two pieces, they are truly the highlight of my June:) Pop over and see all the other wonderful projects linked at "Work it Wednesday"!


  1. These canvases are awesome. I really like all the texture and blending of colors! Thanks so much for joining us at the first Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  2. Wow, these are awesome. I really love the story you're telling here! The texture paste is so cool. Thanks for joining us for CC3C!

  3. These canvases are gorgeous! LOVE the sun one! Wish I could see it IRL! We are so glad you joined us in our first Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

    1. Thank you so much for visiting:) So many works I would love to see IRL too! So much inspiration out there!

  4. WOW!!!! I love that you did two! Each is brilliant, and I am sure you had fun creating them! Thanks so much for joining us on this texture challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

    1. Thanks Anita! I had TONS of fun...can't wait to make more :)

  5. Kim...these canvases are awesome! I think my favorite one is the sun one. Those rays with their blended oranges and yellows just jump off of the canvas! I love the flowers in the center, too. But, they are both awesome work and wonderful use of the texture paste! Thanks for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  6. Two awesome creations...both beautiful in their own way. Yes Rachel and Lynn's work for MMMC #1 is truly inspiring and so are these two pieces of art! Awesome work!

  7. your colors and textures are just gorgeous on both pieces!

  8. Gorgeous layering! I especially love the sunburst one...those beautiful colors! Thanks for playing along with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

    1. Thanks! Thank you for looking! I really love the ink sprays and how bright they are!

  9. these are truly amazing canvases. all the time you spent on them certainly paid off! the one on the left with the sun rays is just stunning, i wish i could touch it lol! thank you so much for referencing myself and lynn, we're happy to have inspired this gorgeous piece! Thank you so much for getting inky with us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  10. Fabulous canvas art. I love texture and colors. Thanks so much for joining the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge.

  11. Your canvases are beautiful. Thanks for joining the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

  12. These are incredible!!! I love all the color and texture, just amazing:) Thanks for playing with us at Mixed Media Mojo! We appreciate your support :)


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