Size: 12″ x 12″ x 1″
Memories was created using acrylic paint, painter’s caulk, resin embellishments, clear resin, paper, wood, metal embellishment, and an acrylic gem on a pre-printed canvas.
Memories is an abstract mixed media painting that was was created, in part, as an experiment. I have used painter’s caulk in many ways but never with a stencil. Now I can say I have. Aside from that, I just had fun creating the piece. I didn’t have a super clear vision for this one. Most of the components were actually purchased for other pieces, but they worked so well on this one, I couldn’t resist using them.
The canvas was already printed to look like newsprint. When I saw it, and the gear stencil, I knew I had a perfect match. I watered down some acrylic paint and used it to ‘age’ the canvas. The painter’s caulk I used was white so I mixed in various brown acrylic paints and a touch of brown ink. This thinned the caulk out a bit making it easier to brush over the stencil. The stencil was pulled off the canvas the moment I was finished.
After the caulk was dry, I began arranging the other elements. The mini picture frames were originally a pale, sea-foam green. I painted them black and gold to accent the large black medallion. Inside the frames are two pieces of scrapbook paper. One is a thick parchment, the other a pre-printed map. I glued the mini key in place and then poured a clear resin into both frames.
I dry brushed a metallic copper over the gears to make them a bit more interesting. I painted the wooden medallion with the same wash I used on the canvas. The sides were down in a dark metallic brown. I glued the bronze medallion in the center of the wood along with a small acrylic gem.