I knew I wanted lots of texture on the background. I first chose two pieces of patterned paper which I had in my "stuff" for a long, long time. I tore the one paper in half but curved it. I then inked the edges and adhered it to the left side of the background paper. To blend the papers together I painted a thin layer of watered down gesso over the entire surface.
I then selected stencils that I wanted to use for background texture.
The leaf stencil I applied with Tim Holtz crushed olive distress ink. Using moulding paste I placed the stencil below the leaf one at the centre of the leaf vines. The other stencil I applied here and there with moulding paste. When the paste was dry I sprayed with a light brown spray, then a taupe spray (which had red in it) then I dripped a turquoise spray here and there. Here is a closeup to show you the different textures that I achieved.
I decided that I wanted a bit more texture so I selected another of my favourite stencils and inked it here and there using a a brown distress ink.
For the picture placement, I took a random piece of patterned paper and cut out a piece for the back of the picture which comes out from the top left corner of the picture. I also tore a few pieces from the other half of the background paper that I tore off. I heavily inked the edges and adhered them around the picture.
I had wood gears in my stash so I pulled out a few painted them with gesso, sprayed with the turquoise spray I used on the background then stamped them with a random stamp using black ink. I also took a wood frame, cut it in half, and adhered them to the right side of the picture by layering one on top of the other and off-setting the one piece. I pulled apart a few pieces of burlap and tucked them under the two upper corners and bottom left corner. I felt that the background needed some black. So I took a stamp, inked it with black ink, and randomly stamped it here and there. I also drew around the leaves of the leaf vine stencil using a black scrapbooking pen. And the final thing, I splattered white gesso here and there using a paint brush. Very easy to do and adds to the texture. Here is a closeup of a couple of sections of the completed layout.
Given the fact that I did not know what I was going to do, I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I realize that with mixed media anything goes. Don't think - just do what you like.
Until next time, this is Donna reminding you to continue being a
"Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint on it you can."