The Blue Window – Mixed Media Key Holder

Hi friends,

How are all of you doing? It is indeed a pleasure to share my work with you all! I am having so much fun with Little Birdie Crafts products.

Today I am sharing a mixed media project which I created with my son’s photo. He is a young man now and stays away from home. He explores new places where he lives. This one is from a place in Old Delhi.

I wanted to create something which he could use in his room and so decided to make a wall key holder for him. It is particularly interesting as I raided his geometry box and used his D and setsquares to add one layer to the project.

Using items from personal stash always adds warmth to the project. I have named the project ‘The Blue Window’ as it reflects a myriad of views traveling opens up just like a window in one’s life.

Project: THE BLUE WINDOW

Procedure:Step 1 : I am using a customized MDF key hanger. It was the perfect fit as it serves as a utility item and also a decor! I used stencils and added texture with modelling paste to the base as you can see. After everything dried, I gave a coat of mixed media paste. I let it dry overnight and planned the composition on top.

Step: 2 : Once the board was dry, I used some die cuts to add more texture to the board. Also I decided to use things from my son’s geometry box as I have mentioned earlier. I colored them with gold metallic paint and other metal items with Tawny Glint and Teal. I took a printout of the image on photo paper and distressed the edges. I also used chipboards for some added interest and make the project more visually attractive.

 

Step:3  The coloring part was done with Color Splashes and metallic paints. Before placing the embellishments on top, I sprayed the background with my choice of Little Birdie Color Splash shades  and  Tinted Metallic Paints. I pasted all my elements with Little Birdie gel medium. I am very happy with the adhesion achieved .

The final outcome :

List of supplies used:

Thanks  for being here. Hope you liked it.

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Ruchi Gupta

 

 

Hope & Love – Altered Mixed Media Bag Tutorial

Hello crafty Friends…. Greetings from me. This is Bela and today on Little Birdie Blog I am very excited to share with you a step by step tutorial of an altered bag. I always used to think why to alter a bag? what not do the same kind of layout on canvas? But when I got an amazing response to my previous altered bag I thought why not make one more. I got lovely compliments from friends on Facebook saying that they loved the bag and how it can be used to gifting without wrapping the gift. they also said the person who receives the gift will get 2 gifts at the same time. The bag and also what inside of the bag !!!

so here’s the step by step to yet another Bag tutorial which is so different from the previous one and yet it turned out amazingly beautiful. Also this will go to my swap partner of August as the theme of the swap was to make some artwork with whatever we have at home. I hope she likes it as much as I Loved making it.

Here I have taken a Domino’s Pizza takeaway bag and added some old book pages here and there for the vintage look. Then I added the texture with steampunk stencil with grainy texture paste which is my favorite from the store. Also added a long piece of off white card stock which I distressed with scissors and added some brown oxide ink for old look.

My next step was to use the MDF leftover from the steampunk cutting and cover the whole thing with black gesso.

I added the  layers of old book, steampunk texture, waste mdf , plain distressed cardstock , corrugated sheet and the vintage picture of a girl which was digitally photoshopped with script that matched totally with my old book script . I chose it as I felt it was so balanced yet very classy and coated with acrylic soft matte gel to protect it. I also added more stenciling  with the grainy texture paste on the right side of the picture as it was empty there. also added splatters of white and black gesso everywhere on the bag except the face.

My next step was to use the MDF leftover from the steampunk cutting and cover the whole thing with black gesso.

I added the  layers of old book, steampunk texture, waste mdf , plain distressed cardstock , corrugated sheet and the vintage picture of a girl which was digitally photoshopped with script that matched totally with my old book script . I chose it as I felt it was so balanced yet very classy and coated with acrylic soft matte gel to protect it. I also added more stenciling  with the grainy texture paste on the right side of the picture as it was empty there. also added splatters of white and black gesso everywhere on the bag except the face.

My next step was to add some beautiful yet subtle flowers from little birdie as they not only gave a little feminine touch to the very hardcore mixed media but also made the girl look beautiful as if she had those flowers in her hair. I love that look.

Last but not the least I wanted to add a perfect sentiment for this lovely upcycled piece of art. So I added a perfect sentiment which says HOPE & LOVE MAKE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. Isn’t it perfect ? So here’s My beautiful vintage bag which looks super classy with the perfect picture, perfect flowers and a perfect sentiment which really compliments the shabby background.

I really really really hope that you all give this tutorial a shot and send me your versions of it. Thank you for stopping by.

Love & Hugs

Bela

List of the Products used from the store are listed below

Hope – Mixed Media Altered Folder ( steampunk style )

Hey Friends !!!
Greetings from India !!! Hope you all are doing well and are ready for mixed media tutorial which I enjoyed a lot as it was quite different from my usual work. I really wish you all try this at least once on anything that u have at home – like a diary or box or any plain canvas.

I had a bank folder lying around and I had kept it thinking that I would use it for some art work for sure. So today is the day !!!

I am totally in love with it as it turned out much different and far more better than I had in my mind. So here’s a walk through how I did it and u can check out the video for the tutorial. I started by using grainy texture paste with the stencil to give some texture to the base as the folder was just plain . to add little more interest in the empty space I added few die cuts. then I started with using some twigs , some metal and some steampunk gears for building up my composition.

Added black gesso for priming . I thought to finish the whole piece with metallic tints. Since I didn’t have the metallic color in teal  added gold to my plain acrylic paint. I dint want my embellishment to merge with the base and wanted them to stand out so I did black gesso on it again and gave metallic tint to all my embellishments. Added little gold touches to the background for a more balanced look.

In the end I wanted everything to look perfect so added gesso with sponge on the edges as the inside of the folder is also black. For more distressed and worn out look I added little bit of black from the sponge on the textures too till I achieved the look that I wanted.

I hope you all give this project a definite try. Don’t forget to show some love in form of comments. If you don’t understand something you all know where to find me 🙂 I will be more than happy to help.

Check out the complete video Tutorial on the link below:

Catch you all with my next tutorial till then take care

Love & Hugs

Bela

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