I have decided to use it or lose it (which means donate) all the stuff I have been saving for the “right” or “perfect” idea. This fun wooden sleigh has been in my Christmas stash for almost a decade. It is time to use it or pass it on to someone else. My purple hat Santa needed a sleigh to match his style so I decided to leave the traditional look of a sled and go for something with a touch of graffiti.
I started with a coat of DecoArt’s black gesso which let me play with their interference colors. If you haven’t used interference colors they grab the light in very cool ways (but are very tough to photograph).
In the video, I detail my way of prepping the wood…and professional wood types should not watch…then with my usual precision, I used the fluid acrylics to get all sorts of color all over the sled.
I adore PanPastels and what they do. Since they are a pastel they need to be fixed or sealed in order to stay put, especially when I add layers on top of them. When I say I add layers on top what I mean is I like to flood it with spray inks, brush paint around on top, and I am not very gentle about it.
How did I figure this out? Hope you are sitting down because it will shock you. I read the directions on the jar.
When I create, the art starts to talk to me. As I added the deli paper words to this mixed media canvas, I found it very telling that the only word to not go down “properly”, “correctly”, or “perfectly” of these 3 was dare.
Dare is a strong word to me…Dare to try. Dare to play. Dare to let it happen and be okay.
I had carefully, well as carefully as I do anything, arranged the deli paper words to be sure they would be seen in the final piece. The blue of the paint under the word courage obscured it quite a bit more than I anticipated. This was a reminder to me that art takes courage. The courage to create, to try, to dare to see what will happen.
What did I use to add layers to this mixed media canvas in the video? Products introduced to me thanks to IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko. These embellishers write over anything and the ink works like a dream with stencils and deli paper.
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