Last weekend I spent a glorious afternoon crafting with my friend Margaret. I brought all my new paints and some collage goodies and started on my second Hello Soul, Hello Mantras mixed media piece.
After a delicious lunch we got started. Margaret was working on a batch of greeting cards while I was painting and collaging. The teacher of the e-course, Kelly Rae Roberts, said in one of the videos that working with a friend was a good way to be a little distracted from the the piece and to not overthink the process. Crafting with friends is one of my favorite things to do.
I’d been to the Farmer’s Market in the morning and picked up a bunch of spring flowers and wanted to use the colors from the bouquet in my painting.
Before starting on the piece, I wrote my intention down to keep in mind as I was working. I planned to just jump right in and start getting messy!
After smooshing and dripping and scraping paint onto the canvas, I used gel medium to collage some scraps of paper onto this painted background. These included postage stamps, sheet music, a parking slip from a fun shopping trip in Berkeley, a Christmas tag and a piece of a pretty liner from an envelope. Using a heat tool to dry the paint and gel medium between layers helped move the process along.
Paint is layered over some of the collage pieces, integrating them into the painted background. Feathers are one of my special or sacred images so I included one on this piece.
After stamping the mantra, I embellished the letters with curlicues and dots. In this picture you can see other details: the butterfly with halves from two different sources, the edge of a page torn from a calendar, a piece of corrugated cardboard with a heart in it, lace, and washi tape.
The next day I painted over the stamped mantra. The added curls and dots weren’t working for me. Or more specifically, though I loved dots on the overall piece, I wanted the mantra to be clearer and more readable. Some lighter paint behind the words helped them to stand out.
Other finishing details include a small dragonfly, another heart with more text, a small bird sticker, two small pieces of paper with a dictionary definition of the word “breathing,” and flower silhouettes stamped in black ink.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’re enjoying these pieces because I sure am! I’ll be posting more soon.