I have to confess something terrible: I love glitter and especialy Stickles. Well, I decided that for my next mixed=media-canvas I wanted a light background with a lot of stickles. In the evenig with halogene-lighting it looked fabulous, some colours reflecting and over it a dazzle of fractioned light by briljant – and irridiscent stickles.
But in daylight it looks awfull (Unless you move it in the light, but alas, canvasses do not move by themselves while hanging on a wall).
So I have to find another way to make an interesting light background.
Why do I need a light background?
Because I did make some dark thingies.
Dark thingies? Uhm yes, uhm yes dark thingies.
Another confession: I like to colour paper by pressing paper on a kind of gelliplate. Kind of a gelliplate, because the real ones are far to expensive I think and making gelly is no option either I think. So I use a silicone coaster ( to prevent hot pans burning your tabletop). This is the one I use:
I printed some paper, used some of my home-made stamps on them( with white, platinum, black and red inks) and used the paper for diecutting. I diecutted 2 layers of cardboard and one layer of painted paper and glued them on top of each other. (Dies from Sizzix. Tim Holtz)
I like how the colours turned out on these wings and gears. And although I have photographed them from above, the shadow indicates something about their 3-dimensionallity.
Some other diecuts I used one layer only and I used some ready bought diecuts of cardboard to heat emboss with silver, red and blue and I added some rustpaint ( from Finnabair).
When I will have found the right solution to make the background as I wish, I must be able to mix all those different parts to become a mixed media artwork. Will I succeed? I do hope so.