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August 25, 2014

Welcome To My Laboratory

Hi everyone, it's Messy Monday and for quite some time I have been wanting to put together a journal for just my mixed media. I have several journals sitting around for technique, writing, tags, etc... but none for my mixed media experiments or such.
 I had this canvas album from Prima and thought this would be the perfect place for my mixed media projects, ideas, experiments etc.  It allows me to add pages, it's bulky so will allow those more 3D pages, it comes with canvas pages as well as cute plastic insert pages so I can keep notes, swatches or a completed project.... kind of like my own little mixed media laboratory.
I wanted to decorate the cover and believe me there are layers upon layers on this is why I didn't do a tutorial. What I can say is I used modeling paste, Gesso, Gellatos, Lindys Sprays, Dyllusions, charcoals for the background and colors. Then I added chipboard, metal embellies, letters, buttons, Prima Junkyard Findings, tissue paper, fiberglass mesh tape, stamps and archival ink and topped many of them with Gold Rub N Buff.
Mixed media is so liberating because, yes there are do and don'ts when using different products together for certain results, but if you don't like it, you just gesso it or paint over it and start again. If you don't like the restriction of using just one type of medium, than mixed media is right up your alley. Many popular ways to use mixed media are altered objects and books, collages, 2D & 3D assemblage, scrapbooking, ATC's, greeting cards, book making & journaling.
It also allows you to start seeing objects around your house in a whole different light. You can recycle in your mixed media such as old book pages, tins, paper bags etc. So this will be my little laboratory for my mixed media creations. So go ahead, get messy and "Don't Be Afraid to Experiment"
 
I am entering this in the following Challenge Blogs:

17 comments:

Chana said...

Beautiful work! Love the composition and the wonderful elements! Thanks for joining us this week at Shopping Our Stash!
Hugz,
Chana

Margik said...

This cover is so fantastic. I love the textures and design.
Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.
Mar

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

What a great project! I love that you've created your own special "laboratory" where you can play, experiment and enjoy art! Good for you! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge 14: Button it Up!

die amelie said...

Love the idea of your own "creative mixed media laboratory"! And your experiment looks fab!

Thank you so much for sharing it with us at SASPC!

Claudia x

klistersøster said...

Gorgeous details and really grungy and steampunk texture - I wish you good luck with the experiments in your new labbook.

Thank you for participating in Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge.

Hugs
Susan

lost coast scrapper said...

Just an incredible project!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

lost coast scrapper said...

This is just incredible! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Oh my goodness, this is just beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Donna Idlet said...

Love your project. The textures and all the elements you used is just beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Evil Edna said...

wonderful experimentation,thank you for joining us at TIOT, we hope to see you again soon.EE

Karen Garrard said...

Brilliant piece Toni!!! Great composition and colours. Love it! Karen.x

Donna said...

Gorgeous!! Love all the colours and textures! Thanks for playing along with us at Shopping Our Stash!

Chris D. said...

Holy Crow! This is absolutely amazing! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Pammejo said...

Lovely canvas...Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

Christy Butters said...

Awesome texture! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

Gloria Stengel said...

I love this so much. Esp. love the bead chain! I spent some time just looking at all the layers and do dads! Thanks for playing along this week at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Jan Marie said...

Looks like your experiment paid off! You owned that canvas! Amazing transformation from a blank slate to WOWZERS! Thanks for sharing your style and hoard with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.