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For my third January project, I thought I’d use another 8” x 10” canvas as a base, this time covering it with one of the beautiful sheets of patterned paper that came in Tres Jolie’s January Scrapbook Kit and taking advantage of the print on another sheet to create a focal point.

I trimmed the base sheet to 8.25” x 10.25” and distressed and inked the edges before adhering it to the canvas with a thick layer of matte gel. (Tip: Place a book in that hollow center of your canvas as you apply mixed media; this will give you a level surface.) I cut my focal piece and trimmed it lengthwise to 10.25”, then inked and distressed the edges. I glued this to two layers of cardboard and adhered it to the base.

The chipboard flourishes were primed with clear gesso and then covered with embossing powder. It came out a bit darker than I expected, but the deep green makes a nice contrasting element against the soft blues.

I seem to be on a resin kick all of a sudden… I selected a mold featuring a large frame and filled it with cast resin. This sets in a matter of minutes and I was able to begin coloring it within a half an hour. I used a stipple brush to apply Old Denim wax all over the frame, making sure that I got into the cracks and creases. I let it set for a few minutes, then used my finger to lightly burnish the surface with White Pearl wax.

Time to assemble my piece… I positioned my frame around the large bloom that’s on the patterned paper and glued it down. The chipboard flourishes were cut in half and placed at the edges of the frame. I selected several of the blooms that came in the kit; the ivory and the blues are perfect embellishments. Before attaching the dangle charms, I covered the cork and metal surfaces with wax so they would blend in.

The resin bird was burnished with wax – first the blue then the white – and glued to the frame.

I finished my piece by selecting a quote sticker and backing it with a scrap and attaching it to the frame.

A few closeups:


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