TUTORIAL: MY EXPERIMENT IN MIXED MEDIA
I’m fascinated with mixed media art but have little time to delve in the way I want to. But I decided I would just do one! It has a steampunk theme since I had a lot of things I could use in my stash and I really love steampunk. LOL
I had some canvases that sat sadly alone by my desk waiting for me to use them so I used one for my project. I was happy with it as it had depth (its canvas stretched on a wood frame) but wasn’t as heavy as a piece of wood would be. Its 9.5 inches by 10 inches so not so big that I might not finish it but still enough to put lots of things on it.
My next task was to find things to put on it. I searched every drawer that might have screws, bolts, etc. I also checked my jewelry pieces drawer. And the thing I really wanted to see if I could incorporate was Free Standing Lace (FSL). I have quite a few pieces – you can use any leftovers, even pieces that might not be *perfect*. The FSL can add a lot of texture to your project.
I hope you will have fun following along and creating your own one of a kind masterpiece!
I have since done a more *flowery* mixed media. . It made of a canvas board as my first project, Lace, beads of various kinds – the flowers are acrylic beads, mother of pearl – charms and beads, acrylic leaves, Czech crystals for flower centers. I painted everything when done with a clear acrylic paint, with fine iridescent glitter.
Thought you would like to see what I did with your Steampunk Hats. My twin 12 year old twin grandsons just moved into a new home and for the first time have their own bedrooms.So i made them each a housewarming gift. The rust color is Fairy Frost. I’m not sure of the brand of the map fabric. I really like how the two fabrics work together. I love how the maps go so well with the steampunk theme. Thanks so much for your unique designs. …..Laura
You are very welcome Laura! You won my heart with these delightful wall hangings. I too love the fairy frost with the map print. It gives a very vintage, but bright look.
BFC1740 Steampunk Hats
Hi Suz, I just want to show you the Steam Punk design we purchased from you that my husband John embroidered and are hanging now on our staircase. As you can see they turned out nice, even though
it took time and adjustment for our hoop (8 x 12) – Dagmar, I only received this photo. If you have more please send them and I will get them posted. Suz
All but the turquoise and the white on the compass is done in metallics… will be putting bronze snaps on the bib.. Mary A great way to use our seahorse Mary! Thank you – Suz
The Steampunk Seahorse reminds me of a seahorse living in the Black Sea, so, I stitched it on a 14″ x 18″ piece of dark walnut. Forgive the sea worm holes in the frame. 🙂
John – those wormholes really make the frame!!! The seahorse looks gorgeous.
BFC1836 Steampunk Seahorse
Marilynn and I were talking and I asked if she had any photos of her work I could post. I was so surprised and thrilled when she sent me these.
In her words:
This is a small sample of the many BFC Designs I’ve done. I give away or sell about 80% of the designs I’ve done over the years. I’ve recommended BFC to lots of others with my same obsession. Keep digitizing please! Marilynn
It’s going to take me awhile to get all the links for the sets!!!
Thank you Marilynn for sharing so much of your work.
Pam has put our recent Steampunk Seahorse on her denim shirt. It really stands out against the dark denim!
Picture of the shirt I did. It is wonderful but it took me 4 hours on my Epic.
I wanted to share with you my version of the Steampunk Lady. It was my first split design I ever stitched. Although nothing I do is ever perfect, I was really pleased with the results.
Well, Lois, you should be pleased – I think she looks fantastic – great job. And I’m sure your lady will help encourage others to try the large designs!!! I like the stitching you did in the background too. Suz
From Jan: I love this design. I donated this one to a silent auction in support of the arts programs at our local community college.
I asked if I could post him here:
Absolutely. Before I sent it I went to your BLOG to see all the projects others have made and there wasn’t an Owlbert. I mounted mine on canvas. Owlbert got a lot of buzz at the auction and he did well. Jan
He is just gorgeous Jan – I love the way you have created him. Suz
Thank you so much for the prompt response and education. I didn’t know about stabilizer shrinkage.
Actually, for the bag project, the girl didn’t turn out unsalvageable, (see pic) I just wanted it as perfect as could be and to find out better techniques for future use as that design is so awesome and I will use it again. The other side, on the bird design from Urban Threads that I incorporated with yours, actually the puckering was worse, like I mentioned especially after ironing. I love the fractilicious designs and should have used a brighter color on the birds as well but always next time.
I’m gonna try the Black and White large Elephant on cork next I think for a bag panel. I downloaded the DST single design to my Janome AcuDesign and it converted it to jef format, I just have to resize and fix the colors in the download as they are all wonky and are confusing when embroidering gray and the machine says to use yellow!
I am so excited I joined the Janome 15000 FB group and then became aware of your website from your offer of the contest with the mask. Thank you for your generous offer of the half price designs too! I am a true fan of the designs and your excellent customer service is the icing on the cake. As an FYI, Fred had also contacted me prior to sending my thread order to verify address, such great service, you should be proud as a lot of companies are not so inclined or pay attention to detail. Judy
Beautiful choice of Fabric Judy! Suz