Mixed Media Finish and Gold Leaf Experiment

I have still been busy making samples and writing my online class. But in between, I did manage to finish two of my mixed media pieces. The first one I already showed you but I did add a coat of Dorland’s wax medium. I’m not sure you can see in the photos but it gives it a richer finish.

Amorphous Circle

Here it is completely finished. Now I have to work out how I’m going to frame it. The edges are uneven and I don’t think I’ll find a commercial frame that fits.

Close Up Amorphous Circle

Here’s a closer view. It has a lot of texture on the surface.

Red Twig

This is the second one. It has a photo of aspen and red twig dogwood printed on silk. I covered the edges with tea bags, used several different colors of paint and added a branch of red twig dogwood. Again, not sure on the framing possibilities.

Gold Leaf on Felt

This is the back of my Stephenson challenge felt piece. I still think it needs just a bit more ‘oomph’ so I was considering adding some gold leaf. The process worked well so now I just have to decide if I want to add it or not. It would be organic shapes and would probably be in 3 places  or so. I need to decide where to place the gold though.

To remind you what the piece looks like, here it is. What do you think? I think I will put the photo into Photoshop and try applying the gold bits from the photo above to see if I like it. Hope you have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping by.


6 thoughts on “Mixed Media Finish and Gold Leaf Experiment

  1. The wax really made a difference in making the colors pop. Can you use a slightly smaller mat on those two pictures to cover the uneven edges? It won’t make a difference on the branch hanging over, in fact, it would be cool. I like the idea of the gold leaf. I think you’re smart for previewing it in photoshop. Good luck! I look forward to seeing the end results.

  2. Check out the art of Nall Hollis for inspiration on frames. He makes all his own frames and does some really unique things. You could do something like this and accommodate your organic edges.

  3. Ruth, love the aspen/dogwood piece! So much fun experimenting and see what others come up with. So glad you are sharing your diverse forms of art. About the gold leaf, I imagine that’s expensive to use, but I found a link you might want to explore: http://www.arquetopia.org/index.php/programa-de-artistas-en-residencia-2/special-residencies/gold-leafing-antique-art-techniques
    Perhaps when you win the lottery? I frequently fantasize about these exotic workshops.

    • Thanks Cathy – I already have the gold leaf and it wasn’t expensive. But it isn’t the real gold leaf I’m sure. That residency looks cool even though I’m not thinking they were considering wool felt to be a substrate for gold leafing. 🙂

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