Monday, January 4, 2010

Mixed Media Monday - leftovers anyone?

The theme for this week's Mixed Media Monday challenge is "Leftovers". Here is a picture of the mini quilt type collage i did with my niece Erica over the Christmas holidays. Erica has been very active creatively, making all their family's Christmas cards and even bows for the gifts out of holiday themed scrapbook paper.

I was inspired by the work of Kelly Rae for these 5" by 7" canvases. She creates some very colourful collage using bits and pieces of decorative paper and ephemera. Check out her blog to see what i mean.
To get started Erica and I cut out little squares out of leftover red, green, white and powder blue printed scrapbook paper. We made little sandwiches - layering two little squares with a glue stick. Then i cut winter themed words out of her vintage dictionary. Like "snow", "ice", "cold", etc. I also discovered that there was a section at the back of the book with quotes - so we cut out some of those too.
Then we arranged all the little squares and quoted on 5 x 7 canvas boards. Next we added the little words and some 3-d embellishments, like buttons, bows, stickers and crystals. I dry brushed white acrylic paint to connect my squares. Erica used red and green crayon for hers.
My sister can hang these in her powder room over the winter, replacing the floral wall hangings she has in there now.

Thanks Erica - it was great fun crafting with you. Here we are with the glossy card stock we coloured with adirondak alcohol inks a la Tim Holtz. I made note cards with mine. And check out Erica's craft space - she can almost compete with her Auntie Diane for stuff!


~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

It's clear you both had a lot of fun creating these works of art AND recycling too!
Happy New Year!

Sandy said...

Oh wow this is a great way for recycling. Wonderful pieces. Love them.

kreativkram said...

great playing and recycling. fantastic vanvas and the bows are great!!!

greetings katrin

Effie said...

They're fabulous little works of art!

Oxana said...

Wonderful pieces!!! (Yes, I used wax to seal)
Happy New Year!

Lynn Stevens said...

looks like alot of fun! great work

Hermine said...

This looks awesome!

Michelle said...

These are great!

The only problem I've found is that when you can use even the tiniest piece of paper, I never throw anything out!

WrightStuff said...

Thanks for the congrats! I hadn't seen it yet so it was a wonderful surprise - I was jumping around the kitchen in excitement!!
Love your quilting. Nice to create something with someone else too. I made some of those bows recently. They are very fiddly aren't they!