Welcome to the New Design Team's First Reveal !
Ciao, Buongiorno, Bonjour, Hallo, Aloha, Buenos dias, Why Hello There -I am Julie Ann Shahin, the Project 52 Team Leader, and I am so happy and ecstatic that you are here with us today. I believe that each of us has an artist inside of us, if you remember how creative you were when you were a child, how active your imagination was. We just have to reach deep down to that inspired core where we were not bound by rules nor fear. Wendy Rago, owner, brilliantly dreamed up this place to be “BAD GIRLS PROJECT 52 (as) an artistic community of 10 artists who share their view of a very poignant challenge that is put forth to them every 2nd and 4th Monday.
“We welcome everyone to join us on this journey and share their artistry also...it is our hope that by playing with us you will find peace and calm in all areas of art and gain more insight into the wonderful world of mixed media....”
Thank YOUUUUUUUUU so much to our Facebook FANS! You know how you aRe! We were beyond amazed that you invited your friends like wildfire so that we had 500 friends within 24 hours…so without further ado, here is our first project!
CHALLENGE #1 -Canvas (board, stretched, un-stretched, etc…)
Theme – Hero (real, historical, fantasy, invented, comic, etc…)
Required material - Natural item (dried flowers, skeletonized leaves, etc…)
Challenge Group #1: Julie Ann, Aimee, Francesca, Kathryn, Tania
Supplies: 12x12 Canvas; Craft Acrylics; Golden Soft Gel Gloss; Golden Medium Matte; Glimmer Mist: Tim Holtz Crackle Paint; Red Ink; Gold and Soft Brown Spray Paint; Craft Wings; Wool Felt, Felting Tools; Craft Mirrors; Basic Grey Rubons; Prima Letter Stickers; Rubber Stamp Alpha Stamps; Ranger Distress Ink; Stayz-On Ink; Vintage Paper from the late 1800's; Fabri-Tac Adhesive, Embossing Heat Tool, various found objects for masks
My project was inspired by the quote that I saw on Flickr. It is a birthday gift to my sister, who requested these colors. She asked for it to be like the "inside of a pumpkin." Do you think I came close?
My big tip for YOU is to just be FREE with adding layer upon layer upon layer, I must have about 20 layers of paint on here. You have to let each layer dry, and since I had zero patience plus I didn't start this til the last minute so I used my Embossing Heat Tool to dry the paint in just a few minutes. According to Wikipedia, allowing the layers to dry, gives your mixed media "integrity". Mixing your paints with various gloss and matte gels, mediums and pastes adds interest to each layer, as well as allows the layer underneath to show through. This page on the Golden Paints website is a good visual example of using gels.
- Canvas (I used a 5 x 7)
- Golden Regular Gel Matte Medium
- Pearl Ex Powders
- Claudine Hellmuth Acrylic Paints
- Pink Glitter
- General's Sketch & Wash pencil
- Bead Awl
- Tacky Glue
- Ranger Distress Ink
- Golden Fluid Acrylics
Hi all! This is your friendly designer Aimée (Ah-May). I had a lot of fun with this challenge! Being that it is the month of October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I decided to make my "Hero" a breast cancer survivor and superhero! Read more about my process here….
My hero is my mom. I didn't realize until I became a mother myself, how much I truly appreciate her. She is a super-extraordinary-loving-creative-smart-doctor-nurturer-supportive-best-mom-ever!!! I only hope and pray that I can be half the mom she is to my children.
This woman can:
- make an awesome gourmet dinner with anything and nothing
- make a bump stop hurting by putting some water on it
- wipe away tears and make it all better
- sew a masterpiece outfit out of a few scraps
- knit beautiful blankets that keep us all cozy and warm on cold winter days
- crochet beautiful sweaters that are totally hip and cool
This lady is so very loved and appreciated.
For this project I used the following supplies:
gel medium (Liquitex)
old book pages
Prima dried flowers and natural elements
Prima leaf stamp
Prima jumbo page pebbles
Studio-mini Quickkutz and Revolution (for brown/pink alphas)
Heidi Swapp white alphas
American Crafts chipboard frame
1. add a liberal amount of gel medium to the canvas and adhere the book pages to cover the entire canvas….Read more of Francesca’s process here
SUPPLY LIST: stretched canvas, acrylic paint, dictionary page, sheet music, rubber stamps, gesso, stock photo, gel medium, beeswax, ribbon, buttons, branches, flowers, raw canvas
TIPS: For “Her Hero”, I applied an acrylic stain to a pre-stretched canvas, and then covered with a dictionary page. Old paper is thin enough that when adhered with a wet medium, the color bleeds through. For the image transfer, I first painted the area with gesso so the image would not blend into the background. . When dried, I pressed the image into wet gel medium to transfer the image. Beeswax is used over the image and the words in the top left corner-this also works as a resist for the top wash of acrylic paint. The flowers and branches are tied together using a scrap of raw canvas and adhered using hot beeswax.
Supply list: Canvas – Texture paste – cardstock- paints- glimmer mist - sand – pens and markers
I went with the Classic Comic Book Hero for my take on this challenge, lots of paints, texture paste and Sand as my natural item. And Some good old fashioned paper-piecing for my batman hero.***
It is our mission to provide a place for all artists to not only collaborate, but to join together in a journey that will enable a peaceful soul and a free spirit.....come to learn the true meaning of ART....
Our gorgeous Blog Festival Prize features one of the beautiful kits from the Bad Girls October Kits:
Please continue on to our BLOG FESTIVAL! Our Design Team Members have opened up their Studio Blogs featuring Tips for Beginning Mixed Media. You can have a chance at our scrumptious prize shown above by visiting each blog and ending up at our P52 Gallery and P52 Forums!
2. Julie Ann's Blog
4. Aimee's Blog
5. Tania’s Blog
6. Jaz's Blog
7. Tania's Blog
8. Katie's Blog
10. Kathryn's Blog
11. Anna's Blog
11. Wendy's Blog