In the morning, three crafters were doing demos, a mixture of mixed media, fabric painting and die cutting. In the afternoon, there were 'make and take' sessions and of course I headed for the mixed media one, being run by one of my favourite crafters, Lindsay Mason. Lots of ink and paint and gilding wax involved, guaranteeing mucky fingers! :-)
Who would believe that you could create such beautiful things with cardboard, scrunched up paper, black gesso, die cut embellishments, paints and wax. I'm hooked! :-)
Firstly, a square of stiff cardboard, plus 2 embellishments - plus a sheet from an old book ......
The white bits are embossed paper, to give the surface texture, and the black bits (which don't show up well on the photo) are gesso, applied through a stencil. Then, everything was painted black! All will become clear.....
- and finally I applied some gilding waxes.
I love the resulting textures, even down to brush strokes from when I applied the black gesso to the entire surface.
Yep, I'm hooked, and plan to make more!