Here is the mixed media wall art that I made for my daughter and son in-law for Christmas.
I wanted to keep it myself. But my daughter said no its hers I would just have to make another.
I took a ton of pictures, inside and out, but none of them do it justice. The colors just are quite right.
I will walk you through the steps I took to make this mixed media painting.
I cut a few pages from a book, and one from some sheet music. I found the wooden words at Joann's, and the cross at Hobby Lobby.
Next I drew in the block areas for the words, and the larger color blocks.
I then paint the areas where the words would be placed with antique white.
You can't really see this in my pictures, but each block was first textured with a heavy coat of gesso before I added the colors. A different texture for each block, so they all look different.
Before the gesso dried in the block with the cross I scratched in "together, love, faith, family, hope". These will show up after the wash is applied.
Next I painted in the base color of the cross with antique gold.
Hand painted "Make all things possible", then I started stippling burnt umber over the antique gold on the cross, to give it a leathery look.
Then came a very light wash of espresso over the whole canvas, to tone down the colors and give the painting an aged look.
Work one section at a time, so you can pat some off before it dried.
Once dry I went back and floated around every colored block, edges of canvas, and around the page pieces.
I glued down the words, and cross with gorilla glue.