Wednesday, August 14

Timestream Collage

I have really been enjoying my foray into mixed media in my BPC class, Technique Toolbox, and wanted to create a collage incorporating some of the ideas I have learned in class. I am also entering this into the Simon Says Challenge "Make the Cut" and the Steampunk Matchbox challenge at SanDee and Amelie's.
Timestream: When Pigs Fly
I started with a canvas board, layered on a tag, covered with gesso, and laid it on thick in the corner and added texture with bubble wrap.
Worked on some of the elements I wanted to use, like the clock die cuts and embossing folder from Tim Holtz. I used on of my new techniques with the foil embossing and black paint. It is so easy - emboss it (I adhered it to the tag to give it some body), then go over with black paint, and wipe most of it off. Do that until you get the look you want. I really like how it ages it.
Working on elements, to meet the steampunk challenge I have to use matchboxes. Since I did not actually have any, I found a very small jewelry box, added tissue tape and inks, and sealed them up with Glue and Seal.
I have been experimenting with Perfect Paper Adhesive (gloss) and paints to create some amazing marbled textures, which you can see in the detail here. I started with a thick layer of the glue, dripped in several paint colors, and started to swirl and play until I liked it.
Before the glue dried, I added lots of watch parts, gears, microbeads and jewels, so they would dry right in to the collage. I am liking the way it looks now. Once the gessoed area was dry, I used Dylusions spray, and painted in some turquoise and lime.
Close up of the watch parts... Next, I laid all of the elements I wanted to play with out on the canvas board in a couple of different configurations to see how I wanted it to go. Vertical? Hmm..losing a lot of that great jeweled "milky way" look of the background...
Horizontal? Liking this better with more of the background showing through...

Some of the areas in close up detail...

Love that pig's wings..ready to fly!

Seems to me there is a great story hidden in the timestream!


  1. Wonderful project!! Great use of the class techniques! :) Evie

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  3. Fabulous project! Love all the texture and mix of colors! So much to drool over! Thanks for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  4. Love it Maura,seems you have had a creative summer!

  5. Love it Maura, seems you had a greative summer

  6. Maura...this is such a cool mixed media piece! I love those bright vivid colors! they ever POP! I also love the die cuts you've used ... the weathered clock just jumps out at you. LOve all of the steam of glitters, little metal pieces and so forth that you sprinkled through your piece. Those really add some cool texture and interest, don't they? It's all just very cool and I love what you've done! Thanks for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

  7. Mixed Media at its best! This piece of art looks like it was a lot of fun creating it!!! Awesome techniques and combinations of elements! LOVE it!

    Thank you so much for sharing this terrific make with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    die amelie x

  8. WOW girl WOW!!! So much to say many fabulous techniques and wonderful layered things! Love the swirled colored and things in it! I love love love that pig!!!! Way cool design and project!

  9. Wow... Maura, this is such a stunning project. All the textures and embellishments are amazingly wonderful! I love those great techniques you've applied. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp this week. :)

  10. WOW! This rendered me speechless! I love - no I mean really love!! the background you did here! AMAZING! And the layers on top are so cool - very awesome!

  11. WOW with a capital W-O-W! This is my first time stumbling across your blog and your work is stunning! I love blended colors and whimsicality and this piece takes the cake! Really beautiful and inspiring. Thank you, thank you for sharing your massive talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!

  12. What a stunning make and thanks for sharing the 'how to' really fabulous detail and colour.

    Crafty hugs

    Annie, your newest follower x

  13. Loving this Maura, so much work and great result. Angela x

  14. This is such a cool canvas and the detail unbelievable combined with the colours makes a stunning project. I agree the horizontal layout works so much better than the vertical one and of course does not cover so much of the yumminess. great job.

  15. what an interesting piece. so many great details. Love the texture and colors.

  16. love texture and colors and details


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