Okay, I've got a new obsession. Yesterday's little adventure has set off a new passion. I love the altered art look - and it just allows you to use literally anything. I've also always, ever since being a kid, loved cutting up magazines. Over the years I've cut out and saved song lyrics, pictures of bands, recipes (never cooked any of them), quite shocking animal rights stuff (it used to scare my little sister a bit - it was rather hard-hitting, and I had it plastered all over my bedroom door); words; and now I'm back cutting up magazines - and loving it!!
Okay, so this is where it started. I started layering paper, embossed card, and a metal frame
I then added embellishments to my frame
I then gave it a few coats of gesso. This will build up slowly, which is perfect, as you may wish to leave some of the images so you can just see them, like the music paper
I then added glue. This is really old actually, is Plexi glue from Jones Tones. I remember Dawn doing this technique - or very similar, on QVC years ago. I also remember her producer being really really rude in Dawn's ear :)
Anyway, slap the glue on. It can be as thick as you wish, as we are aiming to create texture
I then dried it with the heat gun. I mainly use the gentle hairdryer style heat gun - I do prefer this one, as it's so gentle
I then cover the plexi glue with the gesso, this brings it all together, and the glue really does give a stunning textural effect. Love it.
Next, I literally just spritzed - once. Literally once. I angled the bottle, so it hit the left side of the image. I didn't want to add anymore colour, as I was really happy with the minimal look.
I wanted to add just a little more colour to the little bird and the heart, so I used the same spritzer to add extra colour
I then added a bit of colour to the background board, using the same ink.
I mat and layered my "canvas" (I don't know, what do you call it, my art work?...thingy. The thingy) onto a number of layers of white card, and then onto the big background
You can see here, the bird and heart deepening in colour. Just add a little ink at a time, and dry.
To finish, I added paper strips to the base card, and then, cut out of my lovely magazine, Sweet Dreams. I added a bit of ink to these so they didn't look too white against the background
It's actually really tricky to photograph, this doesn't really do it any justice...I'll try again