Monday, June 1, 2015

June Mixed Media Card Challenge

June's Mixed Media Card Challenge is collage with an optional element of a frame.

My style of creating mixed media collage pieces is very labor intensive.  Mostly because I really enjoy the process of gathering many natural materials and preparing them for use in my art. Since natural elements are often uniquely different from one another and the number of pieces that achieve quality preservation is limited so I always try to preserve more than needed.

In my card today I share some of my personal favorite materials for college work.  I have always loved the feel and look of textured papers. To create the textured background I incorporated cotton string into the handmade paper mix.

I sorted through boxes of natural found objects I have gathered and dried from my garden and land including bark, flowers and ferns.  I tested many combinations until a general idea for my card came together. Finally I painted the background with acrylic paint. Then stenciled the left side and top with embossing paste and added layers of stamping.  All the found elements were encased in matte gel medium as I attached them to the background.

The bird perched on the branch was painted, fussy cut and attached with gel medium. Inka Gold was added as a final layer for accenting the background before some final micro beads were added.  A frame/card base was created by adding shredded bark into the mixture of handmade paper. And the corner cut off to give a peak at what is inside.

I certainly don't often make cards like this that require so much time. But very soon a dear friend of over 20 years is moving out-of-town and she will understand and appreciate such a gift. as I speak about moving on, the year term of the first MMCC  design team comes to to the end this month. A few of us are moving on to new creative adventures but many familiar faces will remain on for another year.  But I would like to say a big thanks for the support that other DT members have provided--you have been wonderful!  Thanks for the fun and see you as our creative paths continue to cross one another!

Hope you visit other DT members blogs to learn of the details that went into the creative inspiration they made to share with you this month! You can click on this link to go back to the MMCC challenge blog.
Remember the door is always are welcome to stop by any time!...Jan

Reference Book:  New Creative Collage Techniques by Nita Leland-this is a great reference book with lots of new collage techniques which can be added into your Mixed Media projects.


  1. I love how you have incorporated real nature from your yard into this beautiful nature scene collage Jan! What a lovely gift for your friend who is moving - so sorry to see you leave the team - it has been my pleasure to work with you and to get to know you better! Julia xx

  2. Wow, Jan. A beautiful way to end your term at the MMCC. I love that so many items from your land are actually a part of your collage. It was fun working with you. Here's to lots of creative bliss in the next year.

  3. Beautiful Jan!!! Will miss being on the team with you, but will stop by to see your beautiful work!!

  4. Beautiful collection of natural fibers, papers and found items Jan. Gorgeous card and I can see how this would have taken a lot of time. Your dear friend will appreciate all your hard work and love that you have put into this. It's been great working with you on the team. Loll xx

  5. Wow. It is incredible what you achieved with natural elements. It is absolutely lovely. And your friend is sure to treasure it.

  6. What a labour of love, and a work of art, Jan! Your friend will surely treasure this. It's been a pleasure to work with you on MMCC :)

  7. How incredibly beautiful! I love the scene and the texture. Definitely this is a lovely piece of art!

  8. This is gorgeous! I'm sorry your friend is moving. She will love cherish this wonderful gift.


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