Monday, July 28, 2014

Journey to your soul, Art Doll

Hello and Happy Monday!  Tina here today with a off the page, mixed media project.

My creative style and design evolve and change over time.  To be honest, I get bored with myself when I create the same project type design frequently.  I believe that change keeps my creativity flowing and I embrace the change instead of fight it.

One of my current creative obsessions are Art Dolls.  I love the free form, whimsy appeal and love the serene, deep feelings that are often evoked from my dolls.

Using products from some of my favorite companies, including VLVS of course, I created my next Art Doll.

My Art Doll base is actually a failed mixed media project.  I had been playing with several Stencil Girl stencils and Shimmerz paints with the hopes of creating a mixed media canvas for VLVS.  I'm not sure if the color palette or design wasn't working, so I started over.
(the original color palette on my base was blue and purple, and had text texture all over the piece).

I covered the blue/purple wood canvas with a coat of gesso and began again.

Once the gesso was dry, I used the Fractured Glass Stencil  from Stencil Girl, with Shimmerz Texturez to create my new background.  I added several shades of Shimmerz sprays to build my color.

I also applied the same technique to a blank wood piece that would 'hold' my Art Doll in place.

Now it was just a matter of building the individual pieces of my Art Doll, with paint, embossing powder, spray mists and stamping.

The 'throne' that my Art Doll rested on, was created using the Dictionary Page stamp, (a must for any mixed media artists) over a piece of vellum.  I love how you can subtly see the background through the stamped image and vellum.

Stamping does not have to be 'in your face' to get the impact you are looking for.  For my Art Doll wings, I stamped embossed the wings with Filigree Heart.  I LOVE how this looks on the wings.  The embossed stamped image adds to the whimsy feel I was looking for.  I also added a bit of the same technique on her halo.

I completed my Art Doll, using bits and bobs from my stash.

Oh yeah...I forgot to show the sides of my wood canvas.  I also stamped embossed the sides of my canvas using Lacy Lines.  This stamp is a perfect compliment to the stencil used previously.  Perfect!

What do you do to keep your creative MOJO flowing?  I'd love to know any tips or hints you have to share!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


by belle said...

Tina! This is awesome! I love the wings!

Chark said...

Love this, Tina! the wings are so subtle but lovely. When I get stuck, I go looking for an online challenge. Usually that motivates me to work cuz there might be a prize!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous, love the embossed wings and all the bits and bobs you added are perfect.

Dee Spillane said...

Oh I just love this. The gentle color and texture works perfectly. Wonderful

Karen said...

Love the way you made your texture- great colors too.