Friday, April 19, 2013

Welcome to Gina's Designs Blog Hop!

Welcome to Gina's Designs Blog Hop!
Since April 15 – 21 is World Creativity & Innovation Week, Gina's Designs decided to hold a blog hop in celebration of Creativity! We challenge everyone to try something new and craft outside their comfort zone. In keeping with this theme, each of our Design Team members will be unveiling a project that includes a technique that is new to them. So hop over to each blog, check out the fun new techniques, and enter to win the prizes. When you have finished the hop, be sure to come back here and leave a comment so we know you completed the hop.

 In order to be eligible for our grand prize you need to complete the hop by posting comments under each hop project, follow all the blogs listed  (if you are not already a follower) and like Gina’s Designs on Facebook. You have until 1 am central time on April 22nd to complete the hop. Have Fun and Good Luck!

Your first stop on the hop is Marjolaine If you get lost along the way, here is a list
Gina's Designs

I called this My Chaotic life because while I worked on this it just reminded me of all the stuff that I have going on in my life right now.  I have never done this before and I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out  but It was super fun. I’m actually very pleased with the end result.

So for my project I decided to do a layered mixed media canvas. Using a tissue paper layering to technique  All you do is layer tissue paper onto the canvas using modpodge or gel medium, add dimensional elements( I used Chipboard) Paint them. Keep repeating the steps until you get the look you want. It's just layers! The tissue paper will take on the color that you painted the previous layer but it will be kind off transparent. You can  Randomly use different colors of paint to get an interesting effect. I used Copper gold and yellow. After I had my layers. I used the handle of my brush and traced around the chipboard pieces. Don't worry if the tissue paper rips just leave the rips alone. Next I took a white sheet of tissue paper and sprayed Dylusions inks by Ranger in red and yellow and lightly brushed gold paint on top. I let it dry and then I stamped with Stazon using Close to my heart stamps . I then tore the stamped images and randomly applied them to the canvas. I added another layer of tissue paper and lightly hit it with more paint!  Finally I added twine, toothpicks, more of Gina’s chipboard and ha ha….more paint. By accident I noticed that the flash on the camera hit some of the photo's differently when I turned the canvas. I decided to leave it alone because it give you a good idea of how the layers blend. When you look at the pictures you will be able to see some of the colors used under each layer.

From Gina's Designs I used:
Chicken Wire
Butterflies and Dragonflies

Birds and Cages Shape set
Keys and Plates set
Steampunk Shape set

Other Items
12x12 canvas
Metallic Paint
found objects ( toothpicks, wood)
Ranger Dylusions spray ink
tissue paper
Mod Podge
CTMH stamps

In photo one the canvas looks mostly bronze/ copper

In Photo's 2 and 3  I turned the canvas slightly and now you can see the gold and yellow that is actually under the first layer. That red piece where the key is stamped is on top. If I had put it underneath it would have blended into the backround.

Please try one! It takes a while but it was lots of fun.  If you don't let the layers dry you will get more of a color transfer as the paint will soak through the tissue paper if you let it dry a bit between layers then you will get the look you see in pictures 2 & 3. I did my canvas both ways. Some spots are transparent and some are opaque.

Thanks so much for looking.

Don't forget to comment and hop for your chance to win a $10.00 Gift Certificate to Gina's Designs or the Grand Prize Gift Certificate for $25.00.

Your next stop on the hop is Heidi


  1. I love how it turned out. I have a similar tutorial coming out next month in SNR magazine but I like yours better!

  2. Girl thanks! I'm just trying to keep up with you.

  3. Love this.... looks like it was so much fun to do!

  4. I think it turned out great. Not too much and not too little. I love the build up of it all and the bright colors.

  5. This canvas is why cool! My daughter will love this technique!

  6. Really awesome canvas! Question: Did it take a day for the layers to dry .. like each layer in between or a few hours? Were you able to complete this in one day? Really neat neat tip.

  7. It took about 2 hours for the layers to dry. I actually completed the canvas in a day but then I went back and added more layers two days later. So I guess you could finish in a day. It all depends on how many layers you do. I added about five and then two more the next day. Tissue paper dries pretty fast. You could also try a heat gun. It may bubble but that could be a cool effect.

  8. oh thanks! I'm glad you guys like it!

  9. Fantastic! I love how it turned out. I need to be brave and try something like this.

  10. I'll have to try this it looks great

  11. What a fabulous canvas! Thanks for the inspiration! I have to give this a try.

  12. This is a cool technique! Have got the first layer drying now! :)

  13. Great job, love all the texture and color. TFS. Cyndie

  14. Very cool, I love how you show the textures from the different medias. Thanks for sharing.


  15. Wow, impressive! I love mixed media. I think that it lets you be yourself more than any other craft that I've tried. Your canvas looks terrific :-D

  16. Wow! Wat an inspiring piece of art! Love it!