Mixed media

Mechanics of a Dream

[Challenge win: Top rocker at 613 Avenue Create challenge]

Here’s a mixed media tag I made recently –

Mechanics of a Dream | Mixed Media Tag | Anita

I used parts of packaging cardboard for the tag. I made a tag hole using a punch. I then used a circular tag diecut for the eyelet, which I stuck to the background.

I added a coat of gesso over the background. I added texture to the background using modeling paste over a stencil. I then used regular and metallic acrylics with some water spritzing to drive the color into the nooks and crannies of the textured area.

Mechanics of a Dream | Mixed Media Tag | Anita

Meanwhile, I used polymer clay with molds to make some components, which I baked, and then brushed gesso over. I used regular acrylics for an undercoat, and then topped it up with a combination of pink, orange, and blue metallic acrylics for that extra sparkly shine.

I created the composition on the background by adhering the components with glossy soft gel. I then used orange and gold metallic waxes on the components as well as on the eyelet. I then again made use of darker regular acrylics with water spritzing for additional shadowed depth. Ta da!

Mechanics of a Dream | Mixed Media Tag | Anita

Though I have a long way to go in mixed media assemblage, I no longer feel overwhelmed by the process, and am much more at ease piling on components on top of one another. That’s progress, right? šŸ™‚ (Check out my first assemblage project for comparison! šŸ˜‰ I’ve reused one of the components from that project here – did you notice which one it is?)


With this tag, I’m joining these challenges –

613 Avenue Create Challenge #7 July: Anything Goes w/ Optional Twist: Water Color
613 Avenue Create Challenge #7 July: Anything Goes w/ Optional Twist: Water Color
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #142 - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #142 – Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge #July - Anything Goes
ABMTTC Extra Challenge #July – Anything Goes
CrafTangles Challenge - July 2021 - Birthday / Confetti / Sparkle
CrafTangles Challenge – July 2021 – Birthday / Confetti / Sparkle
Happy Little Stampers July Stencil Challenge
Happy Little Stampers July Stencil Challenge
Mixed Media Place - June 2021 challenge
Mixed Media Place – June 2021 challenge
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes w/ Optional Pastel
More Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes w/ Optional Pastel
STAMPlorations July Summer Challenge
STAMPlorations July Summer Challenge

20 thoughts on “Mechanics of a Dream

  1. That is so beautiful! Every time I look at your art I want to do something also very creative. You are very inspirational, Anita.
    All the best to you from me.

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    1. Your comment makes me happy, Kaya – thank you very much! Your beautiful photographs have the same effect on me, and I’m glad whenever a post of yours pops up in my feed.

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  2. Congratulations, you were selected as a TOP ROCKER for the week of July 4th-10th at 613 Avenue Create! Thanks so much for your amazing submission to our challenge. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing more of your work this month. Please stop by our blog and grab your badge!

    THE RESIDENT DESIGN TEAM
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

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    1. You’re right about the reused piece, Ginny! When things click, it’s a joy to see the finished item. I feel the same way when I see the perfect knit for a skein of yarn too! Your current shawl seems to be one such knit. šŸ™‚

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