Monday, February 23, 2015

Mixed Media Place.....Creative Gym No.5

Time to get creative with Mixed Media Place again........the challenge this time is to work on a black background using all the colours of the rainbow. Simple, yes ? Well, for me, I didn't find it that simple. I wanted to add colour using media like mists, inks, and paints, but found that black swallows up colour ; and unless the colour is thick and opaque or has a white ground under it or mixed in with it, the colour won't show up. Of course you could use lots of coloured papers, flowers and embellishments on top of your black background, a more straight forward option.

I have ended up using a mixture of white and gold embossing, coloured sequins and threads and distress stains mixed into Finnabair's art basics Modeling Paste.

My background is a piece of chipboard gessoed with art basics Heavy Black Gesso. Onto this I splattered several colours of Distress Stains, which disappeared almost instantly into the back, I could see where it was wet but not what colour it was. Before the Distress Stains dried completely I pulled Modeling Paste through a Prima Elementals "Harlequin" Stencil and the paste picked up the colours beautifully.

Thanks for visiting, have a creative week and hope you can play along with this Black + Colours challenge. All the details are HERE at Mixed Media Place .

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  1. Well this is beautiful my friend. That Black background would be tough but you rocked it my friend. Love this.

    Hugs, Linda
    My Happy Place

  2. the colours look amazing with the black background, very striking and amazing

  3. This looks incredible.. where do you get all your ideas from.. amazing back ground colors and textures and the cross looks awesome.. love this..

  4. Stunning work Gayle, always so many creative details!

  5. Beautiful Gayle....I love all the different elements and colors, yes black is a challenge, but one worth taking!!! I really love the gold touches and your theme...awesome :)

  6. What a beautiful piece - it's gorgeous against the black! Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a beautiful piece - it's gorgeous against the black! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Love it, Gayle. It is so great in details and colors, of course.


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