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Hope Is Never Lost: A Mixed Media Project

Tres Jolie’s Mixed Media Kit for September comes jam-packed with a canvas board, rice paper from Ciao Bella, a set of chipboard frames, a full package of Tim Holtz ephemera, various mediums (and a set of palette knives to apply them!): all you need to let your imagination run wild! I added a few things from my stash and came up with this…

And here’s the kit itself:

I began by applying an uneven coat of crackle medium from the February Mixed Media Kit to the wood frame and putting it aside. (That uneven coat will result in uneven cracking, which is what I was going for.) Once the medium was set, I painted the frame with white gesso, again coating it unevenly.

Next, I used the collage medium to adhere the rice paper to the canvas. While it was still wet, I tore around the edges to give it a ragged appearance. I grabbed a stencil from my stash and used one of the palette knives to apply the crackle medium.

I selected the smaller of the circle frames and covered it with the mousse, using my fingers to rub it in. While I was at it, I applied the mousse to the edges of the canvas.

I selected several of the ephemera pieces to use as layers behind the frame and one piece to use as my focal image. After inking the edges, I glued it all down, using USPS packaging between the layers to add dimension. Once that was done, I added the chipboard frame as my top layer.

I added a quote chip, again from my stash, and declared it “done”.

A few closeups:



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