I finished the mixed media mask art project I have been working on for 2 weeks. I came home from my part-time job and added the finishing touches and it’s ready to hang on a wall. I have tons of photos but I only edited a couple. I’ll share those with you today.
“An Evening And A Day” mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles ~ Completed on 8/11/14 ~
Supplies used: 1 11 x14 canvas; 2 embroidered fabric masks; the selvedge edge of some sequin fabric in the colors pink/sky blue/purple with green metallic thread/royal blue; acrylic paints in turquoise/white/ultramarine/dark blue/purple; scrap fabrics in white metallic gold jacquard/gold beaded sheer/red sparkle stretch knit; 4 sky charms; 5 chainmail scales in pale gold anodized aluminum; 8 clear crystals; 4 lengths of rainbow gimp braid; 1 large flat-backed glass pebble; fingernail polish in colors black/white/metallic ice blue; Mod Podge; E-6000 glue; 4 antique gold eyelets/eyelet setter, and Fabri-tac fabric glue.
Thanks again to Sew What Embroidery and Screen Printing of Branch, LA for the awesome job with the masks and for the scrap fabric! I love being able to incorporate items that would otherwise be thrown away into the stuff I create. I can’t always do that but it’s awesome when I can!
I’m so very pleased with how this artwork turned out! I was surprised with how well-pleased I felt. I almost always feel or wonder if there was something else that should’ve been added. Or I wonder if I did too much. Here are a couple of close-up photos with some description of each.
This close-up shows the lower mask, the sun, and the pink fabric clouds. The fabric the masks were created with is a purple stretch lace with purple hologram sequins scattered over it. This mask is embroidered in green and the upper mask is embroidered in white. I affixed all the mesh fabric clouds to the canvas with Mod Podge and glued down any stubborn bits with Fabri-tac. I also used Fabri-tac to affix the ties/charms/crystals/scales to the masks, and the masks to the canvas. You can kind of see the pink metallic thread running through the pink mesh fabric. No matter what I did with the edit, I couldn’t really bring that out very well.
I created this moon using a large, flat-backed glass pebble and some fingernail polish. Oh! I forgot to mention I used an old pencil with the eraser worn down to create the texture effect you see. Black was a second choice. I couldn’t find my gunmetal grey nail polish. After I got the white/grey/black/ice blue blend I wanted, I let the pebble dry. I then coated the entire back with white. I set the pebble in place with E-6000.
And just in case I didn’t feel accomplished enough, after finishing an art piece and storm spotting with my husband, I finally got my stainless steel orb completed. I’ve been trying to put this orb together for months. I bought some rings that were made with square wire to try them out. I really like the result! If I can do so, I’d love to make more of these to sell in my shop. This one is mine. I rarely make stuff specifically for me unless I have a valid excuse, like a special event. I hope you enjoy all the photos today! I had so much fun putting these things together and I love that I can share it all with my readers!
To create this orb, I used square, stainless steel 18 gauge 1/4″ rings and a chrome plated ball bearing. It’s a solid piece of work and will make a nice addition to my Steampunk attire. I apologize for my shaky hands! It didn’t look blurry on my phone. 😦 I will be selling these in anodized aluminum/bright aluminum blends in the near future at my Etsy store. I’ll be sure to update you when they become available!
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“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” ~ Benjamin Franklin