Mixed Media Iris Re-Do

The last time you saw the iris mixed media painting it looked like this:

Applied Fabric


I was really unhappy with it and just put it away for a while. But I decided to just cover it with gesso and start over.

Mixed Media Iris

Then I repainted it. There is still lots of texture.

Texture of the Iris

You can see more of the texture in this shot.

Iris Close Up

And here’s a little closer view of the iris. I used acrylic paints and oil pastels. I may add a few more details but it is close to being finished and I am much happier with it.

Mixed Media Pieces from Last Month’s Get Together

I have shown you the pieces that I started at my art groups last meeting. But I thought you might like to see what the others created. Bunny forgot to bring hers so I’ll have to get photos of those later.

Mixed Media Daisy by Sally Glutting

This one is by Sally. She is really channeling spring. I love the colors and the writing showing through in the background.

Mixed Media Piece by Carole Mosely

This one is by Carole. She is thinking about adding a single real leaf as a focal point. You should enlarge this and take a look at all the texture. Really cool.

Mixed Media Piece by Louise Barker

This one is by Louise. It is one that she had used as a sample to show us how to get started. Look closely at the cheesecloth along the bottom. She has some kind of new stuff that will rust anything. Rusted cheesecloth!

Mixed Media Piece by Louise Barker

This is another one of Louise’s. She said that she didn’t like how it was going so she put more plaster on both sides and then repainted it. She suggested I could do the same with my iris piece.

The rest of these are also by Louise. She has been really busy making some beautiful pieces, hasn’t she? The black, white and blue one is fabric from one of our deconstructed screen printing sessions. Today we met and did a whole cloth free form painting session. I’ll show you photos soon. Hope you have a good weekend.


I worked a bit more on my mixed media paintings and I stitched my Monet inspired felt to a canvas. I am never quite sure on the paintings whether they are complete but I’ve decided that two are finished. The last one is still in progress.

Turquoise and Brown Mixed Media

This one I added a bit of gel pen to highlight the blue and a few of the textured square bits.

Red Mixed Media Painting

This one got more orange and yellow added before adding highlights in gel pen.

Iris Mixed Media in Progress

And this is the one still in progress. I didn’t let the red-orange paint dry enough before I tried to knock it back with a little walnut ink. So the result is a bit messy. I am going to add more green in on top of the reds and see if I can get it to where I want it to be. But have to let it dry first!

Monet Inspired Felt on Canvas

And I finally got my Monet inspired felt on to canvas. I think it turned out nicely and this is actually the best photo I have gotten of the piece yet. It shows more of the details. Hope you have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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.


A Few Odds and Ends

I have been working on my online class making samples and writing up the course. But I do have a few things that I can show you.

Mixed Media Painting, Ruth Lane

Mixed Media Painting “Fragments”

I have nearly finished a couple of the mixed media paintings that I started quite a while ago. This is one of the ones that was plaster on burlap, cracked and then painted. I glued it to a wooden “canvas” and covered it with Dorland’s wax medium.

Mixed Media Painting, Ruth Lane

Mixed Media Painting “Amorphous Circle”

This one I had thought was finished and then decided I should sand it to take off some of the paint. I didn’t like the result at all. So I added some oil paint (from paint sticks) in darker blue. It still needs a few coats of wax medium after the oil paint dries for a few days.

Stitched Felt Cord, Ruth Lane

Stitched Felt Cord

I had seen on Facebook that Lisa Klakulak of Strongfelt was machine stitching on felt cords so I thought I’d give it a go. I had an orange felt cord that I made a couple of years ago. There was already blue thread in the sewing machine so I started free motion stitching. It was a bit of a pain and I should have stitched more but I wasn’t really enjoying the process.

Machine Stitched Felt Cord, Ruth Lane

Machine stitching on felt cord

This photo shows you the rest of the cord and the stitched cord below it. The stitching flattens the cord right out and really stiffens it.

Stitched Felt Cord, Ruth Lane

Bracelet from felted cord that has been machine stitched.

I put a bit of velcro on each end and made it into a bracelet. It’s unlikely I’ll wear it but it was an interesting experiment.