Hello! For my final Artistcellar.com Design Team post, I would like to share a recent mixed media panel that I created, called “Nostalgia.” The base is a large, 16″ x 20″ archival-quality Ampersand artist panel.
Nostalgia is $99 unframed with free shipping in the continental US.
(It will be far less expensive to ship it to you unframed and 16″ x 20″ is a standard frame size you can find locally, often on sale.)
I must confess that when I started this piece, I intended it to be just for fun, so I didn’t really keep track of the steps. I’ve been creating a lot of pieces for specific purposes and on deadline lately, where you have to track all the steps and materials used, so my intention for this piece was to just play and let whatever bubbled forth to blossom.
I am including this photo to give you a sense of the scale of the piece when compared to a piece of furniture. The panel could be displayed like this – leaning on top of a picture rail or a piece of furniture. Or it could be framed.
Many layers were added as I created this piece. I collaged papers onto the panel, added various colors of Ranger Distress Stains, and layered tinted gesso over top.
I added acrylic paints using stencils, such as the Venice Stencil from the Artistcellar Old World Map Series, and some numbers from the hardware store. Details were added using colored pencils.
The drippies were made by applying Dylusions Ink Sprays using an eye dropper, and rinsing it between colors. I transferred images using a xylene blender pen, and intentionally distressed some of the transfer areas to give it a vintage feel.
Finally, I added a very subtle iridescence to the dragonfly wings, using as Sakura Stardust clear glitter gel pen. I tried to capture the shimmer in this photo, but it looks better in real life. This photo also shows some of the texture from the various papers collaged onto the surface of the piece.
I had a complete blast making this project! As an exploratory mixed media artist, part of the fun for me is experimenting and trying new combinations of materials, and to see how it all works out. This project allowed me to tap back into some of that play and experimentation and exploration and I loved it!
Thanks so much for supporting me as part of the Artistcellar Design Team! Tremendous special thanks to Lisa Cousineau for inviting me to be a member! I had so much fun!
And thanks to you for stopping by!