Posted on | August 22, 2014 | 20 Comments
“Helen Louise’s Happy Christmas” a mixed media collage using ICE Resin and Flitter Flakes by Carol La Valley, ICE Resin Content Manager
When I began this project I knew I wanted to try painting Flitter on a photograph. Our hop is Christmas-themed, so that helped, but I really did not have in mind anything specific in mind other than altering a photo. Now I understand why occasionally designers groan when asked, “What was your inspiration?” Helen Louise, like most of us, evolved and emerged as the day went on.
Indigo Blu materials:
Yorkshire Dales Flitter Flake
Piece of Flitter Scrubby
Vodka Martini, Goldfinger, and Miss Moneypenny English Cottage Acrylics
Other materials and tools:
Flat Stick-on Pearls
5×7 inch Hard Canvas
Vintage-looking Photo (I found her on Graphics Fairy!) Tip: I printed a couple of duplicates just in case. (She might have become a card, but I did not have any red paper the right shade!)
Non-stick Craft Mat
Gloves: I did not use gloves, but if you have manicured nails you might want to as my gelicos are now truly due for a manicure. My thumb and forefinger are now leafed! I’m proudly telling anyone who asks I am crafty and artistic.
Instructions, commentary, tips, and a song for “Helen Louise’s Happy Christmas”:
2. Seal front and back of Collage Pack paper with Art Mechanique Sealer. Let dry completely.
Tip: You can seal one side and flip it immediately and brush sealer on other side.
3. Use fine tip brush or a toothpick to paint Flitter Glue on the parts you want to highlight in photo. In this case, I chose to do the pine boughs the model was holding.
Tip: The photo to the left is an example what happened when I used a fine tip brush and the Flitter Scrubby on the photo. What I learned: When you stamp with flitter, you “kiss” the paper with the stamp. Brushing the flitter on added a bit more glue than I might have liked, but I couldn’t bear to throw it out.
5. Gently use Flitter Scrubby to “polish” the flake.
Tip: Gently. Scrub outward to inward. I tell you this because I didn’t and so I transferred a bit of flake where I didn’t originally plan. Ha! An excuse to fussy cut!
Alternative: The photo below is an example of using a toothpick to “paint” the Flitter Glue on the boughs. The trick to having the glue “kiss” the paper is taking a piece of non-stick craft mat, placing it on top and then pulling it off straight and quickly. You can use a baby wipe to clean the glue of f of the mat.
6. Fussy cut image while singing, “Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches.” This is sure to:
A) Make you feel good about your project.
B) Make anyone who hears you ask why you are singing Christmas songs before Halloween.
7. Paint pinecones with Goldfigner and Miss Moneypenny. Let dry.
8. Add pearls to pine boughs.
9. Mix ICE Resin per manufacturer instructions. (One-to-one ratio of resin and hardener, stir gently and thoroughly stir for 2 minutes.)
10. Paint a thin layer of ICE Resin on the canvas with a disposable paint brush.
11. Place the paper in the center of the canvas. ICE Resin is your glue at this point. Paint a thin layer of ICE Resin on the paper.
12. Place the girl on the paper.
14. I decided to embellish the edges of my piece with burgandy suede lace as I was still yearning for that pop of red.
15. If you wish to hang your piece, you can affix a hanger to the back or you could take the glass out of a 5×7″ frame and place your collage in the frame.
Christmas is just four months away (at the time of this hop). When will you begin decorating and hang up your project?
I am lucky to hop with these exceptionally talented creatives. I know you will adore their projects:
Day Two Links:
John Creighton Petersen – http://artnewwave.com/?p=982
Carol La Valley YOU ARE HERE ALREADY :)
Day One Links just in case you missed ’em:
Here are the rules: