Hello there! It seems impossible that it is September already, doesn't it? Did you take any trips this summer? I love to travel, but these last few months my destinations were limited to doctors visits and chemo appointments. Not much fun, but I am so glad that chapter of my life is behind me. I'm feeling better every day and my hair is starting to grow back, so all is good. I'm also slowly getting back into the design world and hope to do a much better job at keeping this old blog updated.
Today's project combines my love of all things travel with some fun mixed media techniques in a sort of "more is more" fashion. Click on any of the images for a larger view.
I started by painting the canvas in large color blocked areas and then began layering travel and collage type papers over the top.
Several of the papers were cut into long banners and adhered to one side of the canvas along the top. It is an easy way to incorporate a variety of papers in small amounts - and also a perfect way to use up paper scraps.
Many of my travel-themed stamps were used to help tie together the assorted paper elements. There is lots of dimension on this project, as you can see in this side view.
These faux postage stamps were part of mambi's travel collection, but real stamps would work too. I have a box full of them that I like to use on projects like this.
This is an assortment of luggage tags and other travel related ephemera that are clipped together using a piece of beaded chain and hung from a brad inserted directly into the canvas.
One of my favorite parts of this canvas is the faux passport. I got to bust out a lot of my old travel stamps for this part - was a bit like visiting old friends. :)
Here is the straight on view. I did warn you that it was a bit "more is more"... just couldn't stop myself from adding layer after layer. Once I had everything in place I dry brushed on a light coat of white paint to help tie it all together.
You could easily add your favorite travel photos to this project or use real travel memorabilia instead of travel-themed papers. Have you tried any mixed media projects? I'd love to see them if you have.
Thanks so much for visiting!