Saturday, January 31, 2015

Paper pleating Mixed Media

Hello y'all! Seems like 2015 is just galloping by. Our new challenge for February at Mixed Media Mojo is the theme: RED with a twist to use WINGS!

This canvas is part of my gift to my husband for Valentines Day. Awwww! I started by painting my entire canvas with gesso and then painting the sides with black acrylic paint. I added FolkArt Metallic Red over the black just to add some sparkle. 


Then I grabbed some paper from my stash with script on it (I was thinking along the lines of a love letter) and ripped the edges. 

I have wanted to try paper pleating for a couple of months now after watching a video from Gabrielle and thought this was the perfect time for it. 

I cut out two hearts from some scrap paper and then traced those to the back side of my script paper. I cut out my hearts and was left with a heart hole to put my pleated papers. Can you see the "fix" I had to do in the bottom left corner? In the end it gets covered for the most part. We should all submit a Mixed Media Mistake shot for a blooper page. Hehe!

I started with the smaller heart. I cut my red paper down to a size I thought would work. I cut two strips and sprayed water onto both sides of my paper (it is easier to shape) and started pleating. I didn't take pics of this because I do the same thing with the large heart. 

For the large heart I stamped my red paper first, then cut it around the 2 inch-ish mark and sprayed water on both sides. I cut 3 strips just in case things went wonky but you only need 2 


I then pleated all three strips. I put my script paper on my canvas (not glued down yet) and found the center of the large heart and made a mark on my canvas. The mark on my canvas is where the tip of my pleated paper will go. Shape both strips into a circle around the mark on the canvas. 

I cut a smaller heart out of leftover script paper for the center of the pleated heart (it also covers the hole that was left from the pleating). I then added a small skull and black hemp tied in a bow. I painted the spot where the smaller heart will go with black acrylic paint. I did this because the smaller heart is on dimensional dots and I didn't want any white to show through. I glued my script paper to the canvas at this point. Then stuck my small heart where it belonged. I added metal wings to the small heart as well.

I then made my 3 roses with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. Red Stickles were used on the edges of the large rose. I used glittery black embossing powder on my chipboard. I adhered the roses and the chipboard with Glossy Accents. 

I used a red rose puffy heart (Dollar Tree)that I grunged up with black ink in the bottom corner. The red paper is cut into banner shapes and red Stickles were applied to that. The stamp, "Pass Some Love Around",  is a new one and I used white embossing powder on it. Then found some leftover lace trimmings and viola! We are done. Go check out our Mixed Media Mojo challenge HERE

Thank you for stopping by and peeking into my neck of the wood. Carpe Diem! 

This project will be shared with the following:

Shopping Our Stash-Theme: Love HERE. Everything I used was in my stash already except for the new stamp.

Time Out Challenge-Valentines Day with a twist to use hearts HERE and take some time out to create!

We Do Doobadoo-Romance HERE

Frilly and Funkie-Be My Valen-Twine HERE








32 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Doc, this is incredible!! I'm so glad you showed us how you did that fabulous heart, because I was drooling when I saw it!! Might have to steal...ahem...I mean borrow that one!! haha!! I really love the contrast of the red and black and white, it's very striking! LOVE IT!

    PS, you should REALLY enter this into my Valen-Twine challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. Your beautiful make is perfect for our theme! Big hugs my friend :)

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    1. Did and done Bubbles! I am not much of a frilly girl but I gotta lot of funk in my trunk. Lol. Pleating paper is easy as long as you use good paper, otherwise when you wet it down it kinda falls apart. Lesson learned. And it creates such wonderful texture when it is all done. Hugzzzz to you muffin! :)

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    2. Amazing piece of art and just love that paper piecing

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    3. Thanks Crafty! Cool technique and so easy to do. :)

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  2. this is a beautiful canvas - thanks for the how to on pleating paper

    Barb Housner

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    1. Thank you Barb! It is a fun technique to try. Have a go at it and see what you come up with. :)

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  3. So original this card! A great technique you used to get texture en depth; beautiful. Thank you for taking the TIME OUT and join us!

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    1. Thanks Gerrina! Such a fun way to add a little somethin somethin to my canvas. Lol. We all need a time out to craft!

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  4. Lovely colors and fun design.

    Hugs Diane

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  5. Gorgeous! I love the black white and red together and the skull in the centre of the heart....AWESOME!!! Thanks for playing along with the Shopping Our Stash crew for our "Love Me Do" challenge!!

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    1. Thanks Donna! My absolute favorite colors, although red is hard to work with if you use white. Lol.

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  6. Very striking. I love the paper pleating and the colour palette. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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    1. Thank you Cec! Who knew pleates could be so fun. Hehe!

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  7. Niki, that is so beautiful, your husband is going to love it! Thanks for your step by step and the link to Gabrielle's video, those pleated hearts are very pretty. Love the addition of the skull too, perfect!

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    1. Thanks Deb! So glad you were able to access the video. My husband saw it already (oops) and did love it. Lol! Hugs!

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  8. So much texture and depth and interest, what an amazing project! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

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    1. Thanks Anita! I sure need to take some Time Out this week so I can craft. Hugs! ~Niki

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  9. Fantastic romantic card which fits in perfectly with the "Romance" theme over at We Do Doobadoo Challenges . Lou (DT)

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    1. Thank you Lou! I just found your challenge blog and had to join this months challenge. :)

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  10. I love this heart NIki! I am loving the pleating, it is a must borrow technique! The stamp you used on the heart is gorgeous. Loving all your art, you are totally rockin'!
    ~kim

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    1. Lol! Thanks Kim! It really is neat huh? I sometimes look back at my past blog posts and I can see how much I have grown as a mixed media artist. My first post just makes me laugh now.

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  11. This is really gorgeous, Thanks for playing along with us at We Do Dobadoo, Good Luck.
    Kevin xx

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    1. You're so kind! Thank you Kevin! Happy crafting!

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  12. Wonderful colors and creativity- inspiring mixed media!

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  13. Wonderful colors and creativity- inspiring mixed media!

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  14. So striking and dramatic! I LOVE the way you've created that central cut out heart. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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    1. Thank you Jenny! I am not a heart and cupid kind of girl so I had to add a bit of gothic fem to the hearts. A real challenge for me is doing a frilly piece. Lol

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  15. Another magnificent creation, Niki! You are a true master of mixed media!! Hugs, Darnell

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