Fairy Queen

Here we are another Sunday and half way through the year already!

I have another 5×7 mixed media canvas to share with you today and let me tell you this one went through quite the transformation!

It all started when I had to deal with my partially wet scrap paper after we had some water in the basement due to rain.  Thankfully not much was lost and the rest of my stash was safe!  As I sorted through the scraps I noticed I had a fair bit of pink scraps, which is odd if you know my work well I don’t use lots of pink!

To use up these pink scraps I started by covering the canvas with layers of paper.  Next I used Finnabair White Sand Texture Paste with some Prima Artisan Powder in Antonette Pink mixed in.

I was pretty happy with the background…….then as my idea for the canvas (yes most often I have no idea what the finished product will be until I’m done), and added different elements I didn’t care for the background anymore.

img_1818-814x1024As you can see the background is NOT pink!  I decided it needed a redo, one of the things I love about mixed media is it’s easy to start over if you don’t like something!  I went over the original background with a couple layers of white gesso, then painted it using Finnabair Sparks paint in Unicorn Hair.

Ok I have to pause here for a moment, isn’t the name of that paint just awesome?!!!


To bring out the texture on the background I added a touch of mist in a butterscotch colour using water to get it in the nooks & crannies.


I used a number of Tim Holtz dies to build up the elements on my canvas, behind the fairy queen I used Arched Frame, then added one of the Pediments dies on the bottom.  The entrance to the fairy land is the Tim Holtz Ironwork Gate die.  I used Walnut Stain Distress Embossing powder on all those die cuts…….I love the texture this embossing powder gives.


For the ‘greenery’ I actually used 7 Gypsies Architextures Feathers coloured green they worked perfectly!

The Fairy Queen herself I used the An Angel to Love stamp by Carabelle Studio…….isn’t she gorgeous!!  For her large wings I used packaging from 7 Gypsies Archtextures, please don’t throw them away, the packaging is amazing!  The smaller wings I used one of Lori’s Laser Cut Chipboard pieces.


While I may not love pink (although some bits of pink still snuck its way in) I do love Fairies,  I think this love started with Tinkerbell when I was a kid!

Remember when you’re creating there are not mistakes just unrealized opportunities to transform your project!

These are the 7 Gypsies Feathers I used turning them into greenery for my project.

7g25041_architextures_tall_base_feathers_1024x1024-634x1024Thank you so much for joining me again today!  I’m so happy to be back here sharing my projects & ideas with all of you!

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This post was written by Lisa on June 10, 2018

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Pack It Up

Welcome to another Sunday with me, I hope you enjoy this weeks project!

Since I started getting into altered art and mixed media I don’t look at things the same.  When I get new products I find myself looking at the packaging, some companies have great packaging that can be used on any project!

A while back I bought these fund Kaiser Kraft wood embellishments, the packaging is cute, but not practical once open.  So I opened both sets and put the pieces into a small bin for storage.  BUT I did NOT throw out the little wooden boxes, they were just begging to be used!


I also found in my stash another little wooden box from embellishments bought long ago, with the three I was ready to have some fun!  I started by gluing them together to make one bigger piece with all the fun little compartments.

As the boxes dried I dug through all my bins of different embellishments to find pieces that would fit in the little sections!


Once I had all my bits & bobs I added gesso to the box to prime it up.  Then added a layer of Finnabair patina paste and some rust paste.  The patina paste ended up brighter than I wanted to I added some brown Dylusions spray over top to tone it down.  Once I had the base color the way I wanted it I dry brushed the copper patina paste over top.


The end result of the all the layers was better than I expected!!!  Once that was all dry it was time to fill all the different sections.  I picked up some of the new 7 gypsies adhesive sheets that Lori just brought in.  The worn wood and wallpaper looks of these sheets were the perfect backdrop for all my findings!


Almost all of the embellishments got a coat of black gesso to start, then I used Finnabair wax in brass and copper to bring out the highlights on each piece!   This gentleman you see here is a Tim Holtz stamp.


This fine little lady I found on 7 gypsies Ephemera tags, I thought she made the perfect partner for the gentleman!


This light bulb is one of the new custom chipboard pieces Lori is selling in store…..I LOVE IT!  Pretty sure she had these made just for me ;)

Since we’re talking about packaging if you buy any of the new 7 gypsies items Lori brought in, there’s lots to choose from, the packaging is amazing!  Do not waste it!

I hope you enjoyed my project today and that I’ve made you take a second look at all the packaging that your fun scrappy, artsy, crafty stuff comes in!

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This post was written by Lisa on April 29, 2018

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