Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Watch out world ~ Rick St. Dennis Mixed Media Spread

Hi everyone. I had some fun combining three of Rick St. Dennis's images to create this mixed media spread. I love combining images to tell a story.I love the image Bad Bitsy where she is making the classic teasing gesture. I can almost hear her saying the Who doesn't remember both being the sender and receiver of that message? Bitsy needed to be higher than whoever she was bugging. It's far more effective when you are up on a "stage" looking down at the person...don't ask me how I know this. Ha!I decided to use the tree stump and mushrooms from Rick's Wonderland Elements Set One for Bitsy's soapbox.

All three images were coloured with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. They were fussy cut singly leaving a narrow white border. A small slit was cut in the trunk so that Bitsy's shoe would tuck in behind it for a more realistic look. The three images were tacked together where they overlapped and then the entire new image was mounted on black cardstock and trimmed again before foam tape was placed on the back to create added dimension.

The background, a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper, was coloured with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress ink for the sky and Shabby Shutters plus Peeled Paint Distress inks for the grass. Both of the darker colours were applied through Sheena Douglass' Distress Grid stencil. Water drops were flicked onto the background and then mopped up with paper towel to create light spots. Text stamp was rolled onto the background with either green or blue ink. Bottle top lids were used to create paint rings with Hey Pesto or Inky Pool Fresco Finish Chalk Paint.

The image was adhered to the background and white embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil. The sentiment from Create With TLC seemed like the perfect choice for Bitsy. It was printed on white cardstock, matted with black cardstock, and popped up on foam tape. Two lengths of baker's twine were added to make it look like a hanging sign. Short lengths of washi tape brought the pink up to the top half of the spread. was stamped with Forget-Me-Not Archival ink around Bitsy...just for fun! To finish the page, a black border was doodled around the edge, Black Big Brush pen used to ink the edges, and black cardstock used to mat the page.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you know that Bitsy's sassy gesture is not directed at you...or me for that matter! You must admit, she is enjoying her attitude :) And by the way, have you seen the two fabulous Aadult colouring books which Rick has published? They are amazing...Rhinestones, Furs, & Feathers and The Day of the Dead. Check them out!

Life is good; so is art.

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