Thursday, March 31, 2016

Vintage Mixed Media Collage

My pc had a fit over the weekend so I've been using my lap-top for everything since Saturday.  It's my back-up computer that I used mainly for photo manipulation and taking it with on vacations.  It doesn't have office on it which I really need for lots of stuff.  You know that feeling when things just aren't right.  Well it's put me in a funk so I've not been feeling real creative.  

So today I thought I'd try something different.  I decided to try and create a vintage collage and limit it to a single color palette....

This is what I created so far....I had a few false starts but after I left it set for a bit I finally got to a point where I'm liking it.  It might be the colors that threw me at first.  I wanted to go browns leaning towards a vintage rose color in the flowers.

So here's what I did....

First I pounced VersaMark through some lace...

Then sprinkled on clear ep and heat set to melt.

Next I stamped on a few flowers

and set about painting with some Prima watercolors and stamped on the rest of the flower with StazOn inks.

Next to add the browns - I scribbled on Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels.  I used a waterbrush to  blend and spread them over the canvas.  I used some of the pretty peach color (see the previous photo) in the large open area to blend it all together.

I pulled up some of the color in areas with a baby wipe through a stencil.

Here is one of my screw ups - sort of.  I thought it needed some gold so I applied some Creative Medium over my distress harlequin stencil.  As you can see when I hastily removed the stencil some of the CM came up with it...  @(*%&@(*&%#  That's when I left to take a break.

So I came back after supper and peeled the CM off completely - I really like how it looks now!  I stamped some text across the canvas and then stamped the bunch of roses.  Once the roses had dried I added a bit of watercolor to the flowers.

I stamped one down in the corner too.  I added some black modeling paste over a really pretty flourish stencil from Deco Art (one of my fav. stencils!)

I then took a black colored pencil and sketched a bit around each of the roses to make them pop a bit. 

And that's where I'm at with it at the moment.  I'm not sure what to put in the open area.  I thought about using a stamp to add an important word but all of my word stamps (dream, inspire, etc.) are all too small.  For a fleeting second I thought about attempting to write something but hand writing on an almost finished canvas scares the heck out of me.  Any suggestions?  

I did get word this evening that my computer is done!!!  YEAH :)  They had to replace something and re-install windows.  I may have lost some info but I don't care - it's done and I will be back in business tomorrow!!!  Can't  wait - it's like an old friend that has been missing


Blick Art - Canvas
Imagine Crafts - StazOn, VersaMark, Clear Embossing Powder, VersaFine
Deco Art - Stencil, Black Modeling Paste
Prima - Watercolor Paints, Water Soluble Oil Pastels
TCW - Stencils
JFF Stamps - Text Stamp
Deep Red Stamps - Rose Bunch
Altenew - Peony Stamps
PrismaColor - Colored Pencil


  1. I love it! For the words, maybe you could die cut your quote or word (Cricut or Big Shot). That will give you the opportunity to see if you like it before committing it to your canvas.

  2. A gorgeous and lovely richly coloured canvas. I love it as it is, an amazing creation Roni! You are so very talented hun Karen x


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