Sunday, 22 May 2016

Peek into the past...

Hello there!

Thank you for stopping by!

I thought I'd share my newest work with you today. I get so little time to create for myself nowadays so when I do I tend to create art. Something worthy, shall I say.

This time I was experimenting with 3D stones and balls and some 3D Flex by Powertex. The paste was a leftover from another project and I hate wasting supplies. I simply took a canvas and created a circles in the middle using my spatula and let it dry.

I picked it up the other day and I had a real urge to create something full of texture and colour yumminess, but nothing too bright. Nothing new then... :) So I came up with this..

Once the stones and sand were adhered using a bit of light modelling paste the entire canvas was covered in a black gesso. Then I played with the DecoArt fluid acrylics - Interference Gold, Turquoise, Purple and Magenta. 

It was pretty but not what I was looking for. It needed more work... It needed more depth and colour variation and toning down. So I used more black gesso, Decoart paints like Dioxazine Purple, Transparent Red Iron Oxide and even a dash of Glamour Dust paint in Black Ice. It's almost transparent so not completely black, I'd say grey with sparkle so it was great for shading. Toned down with black gesso again, added, removed, added, removed... you get the idea... until I was happy with it. 

It was screaming for some rust. I used Oxido primer and activator to add some rust to my stones and it also added that natural colour of decay... love it! I also used it on the dry wall tape to create my rusty mesh. The little rag is a piece of linen which was dyed using Distress Inks like Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo and edges brushed onto Walnut Stain ink pad. The brads were also rusted. 

In the end I added a tiny bit of Silks in purple (or as they call it Snap Dragon) and ginger (Spiced Pumpkin). 



The baby in the photo is actually my Mum! She is held by her neighbour friend... this photo is an original and is over 50 years old. It was hidden in the drawer with some others and I thought it should be displayed instead. I love creating contrast in any way. Here I incorporated the vintage and decay into a modern way of creating art. I think it works rather well. 

The key hole cover is a real deal and was found at the Totnes Market when visiting. I found heaps of treasures like this one there and more items are waiting to be used. 

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or via our new Facebook Group ***Mixed Media World***. I hope to see you there! 

All the best, 

Ingrid xxx


  1. Wow. This is gorgeous. I love it. Hugs

  2. Terrific project with wonderful textures

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. This is STUNNING!!! I love the way the colors are layered on this and the addition of that photo is fabulous. I love small touches like this to make it personal. Such a beautiful work of art.

  4. Wow that's some amazing texture there,lovely to have you back blogging too ;)
    Big Inky hugs

  5. What a fabulous make Ingrid!! I adore that photo of your Mum through that keyhole- Brilliant!! And the Rust is the perfect compliment to the beautiful palette you used! Stunning piece of art!
    Jackie xx

  6. Ingrid what a fabulous idea, I just adore this creation..xx

  7. Ingrid, I'm so happy I was able to pop in today, because your peek into the past is gorgeous! I love all the texture that draws your eye into that tiny keyhole to view the photo of your Mum. Oh, how I love that rust! What a wonderful way to display this tiny photo to give it importance in your home! Hugs!

  8. Gorgeous project, Ingrid! I do always love what I see on your site.
    Your work is fantastic!

  9. This is a splendid and grungy rusted tangible piece of art! That keyhole draws the eye to your fantabulous picture of your mum. What an incredible way to share a memory! Awesome sauce texture! ~Niki

  10. What a great build up of layers and texture! Fantastic project!


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