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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Beachcomber

The inspiration for this card came from the headpiece in the woman’s hair.  I decide to try to replicate its texture and thought of using cheesecloth.
Next, I dyed strips of cheesecloth using Ranger Alcohol Inks.  I squired the ink onto a non-stick craft sheet, added a little Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution, and dipped the cheesecloth into the ink moving it around with a wooden skewer.  You can add more ink if you don’t feel the color is dark enough.  I used rubbing alcohol (as it’s cheaper than the Blending Solution) to wipe off the craft sheet.  I repeated the process with other colors.
To create the background I dry-brushed chipboard backed white cardstock with yellow and blue paint.  I went from light to dark starting with the lightest yellow and ending with the darkest blue.

I used Gel Matte Medium to glue the image to the background.  I cut the dyed strips of cheesecloth into small pieces and used the Gel Matte Medium to clue the pieces to the card. 
For embellishment I punched branches from cardstock and covered them with various colors of microbeads.  I glued the branches to the bottom of the card.  I also added colored pebbles and sequins. 
The yellow sparkly material at the bottom of the card is called “Elements-Earth Textures”.  I think it is some kind of dyed dirt and glitter mixture.  You can purchase the product at the Glitter Art Institute.

17 comments:

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Wonderful!! You must have the most well-equipped studio ever.

Linda said...

This piece is truly beautiful. I like the fact that you used so many textures, it all fits. Thank you for sharing. I will be back soon.

Zaa said...

OMG..I love this and can't wait to get into the cheese cloth... Fabulous effect... BEAUTIFUL !!!!... HUGS

Lizbethem said...

What a beautiful piece! The cheesecloth works so well and I love that glitter stuff.

fairyrocks said...

Very nice, thanks for the walk through your process

Ann's Art said...

Wow! great job.

Seahorse Ranch Girl said...

Laura, thank you for the tutorial. I always like to learn something...and you are quite the laboratory over there. I must look around your blog for pics of your studio. You have such an inventory of supplies. Micro-beads are delicious as "coral".

Netty said...

You obviously have a craft room to die for.........totally wonderful piece of art, great textures. Thank you for sharing. x

Elaine A said...

Laura -

Thank you for the mini tutorial for this awesome piece of art. I love how this turned out and its nice to know how you achieved all that wonderful texture!

Elaine Allen

Cheryl De Beer said...

I have said it before and I am saying it again - I love the work you do. Love that lady, love all the texture - it is great!
Cheryl

Joanne said...

Fantastic, made super special by your sharing the technique.
Hugs Joanne xx

Kim said...

Gorgeous, thanks so much for showing us how you did it!

Createology said...

Your details in dyeing the cheesecloth and using it as texture is what makes this ATC amazing. Sunshine Summer Smiles...

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Barb said...

This is truly stunning! I love how you give tutes on your wonderful art work!

Kris Dickinson said...

A beautiful ATC. Even prettier IRL. I'm so lucky to get one. Thanks for the tutorial too!

xox Kris

ps...I ADORE the Owl you sent me. I've just posted it with credits on my Halloween blog. ((HUGS))