Sunday, March 24, 2019

Mixed Media Memories

My plan was to start packing art items I'm not using much of. One of the first draws I went to was full of old family photos. My Mum (who is 87) and some other relatives had given me copies and originals of old family photos many years ago. My intention back then had been to make a album for my Mum for her 70th birthday!!! OMG where had the time gone? I had started a few times but I am NOT a scrap booker and there were so many images I always gave up feeling that it was too daunting to continue.

This time something changed and I decided to decorate a few pages in my mixed media style and leave others as just the clear plastic pockets full of the daunting photos LOL Before I knew it my art desk and the kitchen table were buried in happy arty healing goodness....and still are LOL. I often create with no end result in mind. I find that way it can evolve and be changed as I desire much easier then when I have a set process and end result image in my head.

This is my first page. It has a wonderful photo of my Dad-Born 1926 and died 1977 (in the jumper) as a boy playing with his twin brother Ronny who was born in 1926 and died in 1949. The photo already had a lovely soft sepia tone to it so I went with a blue brown rusty looking mixed media background.

The background was made by randomly sticking down torn old book pages, bits of old lace and strips of scrap book papers onto a 30x30cm scrap book page. I then dry brushed on white gesso and used a palette knife to add glass bead gel here and there . Once it was dry I sprayed cheap shop colour sprays over the page, spritzed it with water while still wet and tipped it side ways and upside down. While I waited for this to dry I selected and sprayed chip board bits with the same colours and started to play round with placement by adding and taking away other embellishments.


The photo is in a plastic sleeve and the arrow can move so the photo can be removed by Mum if she wants. The paper flowers and the 3D decoupage car are all from the cheap shop. Once I was happy I stuck it all down with gel medium I then roughly tore the edges and stippled on white paint along the edge. Lastly I adhered the page to black card stock! I really like the textures and colours of this page!!

Well so much for packing this art stuff up hey? More pages to come I suspect 


Annette Oz

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