Mixed media

Nature is Glorious | Inspiration Station

It’s Inspiration Station time! (It’s where my sister or I come up with a theme, which we use as inspiration for our individual creative sessions.) The theme from my sister for this latest round is the picture below –

Inspiration Station - May inspiration
Inspiration Station – May inspiration
(source: target.com)

I was inspired by the colors in the picture, and the abundant flora and fauna present there. It’s been a while since I tried out mixed media assemblage – and when I don’t try out things for a while, they start slowly fading away – so I decided to create a mixed media canvas this time, with the canvas being a paper plate.

I brushed white gesso on the plate, and added texture to the base and the edges using stencils and modeling paste. Once dry, I applied regular acrylics on the entire plate. To highlight the texture, I used metallic acrylics and metallic wax.

Nature is Glorious | Mixed Media Canvas | Anita

For the main components, I used junk mail die-cuts. I first used a gel plate and acrylics to paint a layer of background color on the paper, and made the sheet doubly-thick by gluing it with another plain one. I then used a few floral dies, and a butterfly one, to get a bunch of components, which I painted with metallic acrylics.

I assembled the components using soft gloss gel and bits of folded waste paper below to provide height for some layering. I added some acrylic splatters, and used a bit of metallic wax here and there on the components. Since I don’t own stamps that are small and suit the piece, I just handwrote a quote using gel pens.

Nature is Glorious | Mixed Media Canvas | Anita

And that’s my mixed media canvas, ta da!

Inspiration Station logo

And now, please check out my sister’s beautiful watercolor card, inspired by the flowers in the theme picture – she’s nailed those poppies!


With this project, I’m joining these challenges –

Arty Divas - Challenge 23
Arty Divas – Challenge 23

Corrosive Challenge Blog - #6 - 2020- Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge Blog – #6 – 2020- Anything Goes

Crafts Galore Encore June Challenge #76 - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore June Challenge #76 – Anything Goes

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - #188 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog – #188 – Anything Goes

HLS June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
HLS June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Mixed Media Place - May 2020 challenge
Mixed Media Place – May 2020 challenge

More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes w/ Optional Purple
More Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes w/ Optional Purple

We Love 2 Create - #6 - 2020- Anything Mixed Media Goes
We Love 2 Create – #6 – 2020- Anything Mixed Media Goes

18 thoughts on “Nature is Glorious | Inspiration Station

    1. Thank you very much, Ginny! I wonder if I should go through 100 days of mixed media assemblages, or even 100 assemblage projects, but that seems much more daunting than 100 art journal spreads. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. Your recycled art project is a wonderful idea, Anita!. And I love the 3D effect of the work and all these wonderful colors. It surely fits the title Nature is Glorious! Have a great week-end and thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mihaela! I’m still getting used to the 3D-ness of mixed media – no amount of watching videos and tutorials compares to actually getting one’s hands dirty! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend.

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  2. Hi Anita!
    What a beautiful photo and such a happy place to be… I wouldn’t mind living there ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great project! What I love about mixed media is that one can use whatever we want – no restrictions plus upcycling is a win win! Beautiful plate!

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    1. I hadn’t thought about living there, Cris, but what a lovely idea! I imagine every day would be glorious. ๐Ÿ™‚

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