Well, this is a look at one of my most recent projects -- a mixed media picture for which I used paint, egg shells, Mod Podge, and beads. This came out nice and bright and cheery.
Flowers in a Sunny Meadow
First I started with a blank canvas and then did a wet background of grass and sky. I used a sponge to add some texture and depth to the grass. After the background and grass were painted and dry, a bright, happy sun was added in the upper right corner. This was then varnished and allowed to dry.
After the canvas had been painted, varnished, and dried, I lay out my design to get an idea of how things would look. The smaller beads seen in the lower left corner of this picture were at our local Dollar Tree store. There were at least six different colors and thirty-six shades all together. This was 6.6 ounces of beads for six dollars plus tax. I was excited to find these beads for crafts and card making.
The next step was to make the pathway out of crushed egg shells. A generous amount of Mod Podge was used to keep the egg shells glued in place. This was left overnight so that the Mod Podge could dry.
An old plastic egg carton made a great receptacle for separating out the beads. The tweezers made transferring the beads to canvas much easier.
Lastly, the beads and a happy butterfly were glued on with Allary Craft & Hobby Liquid Adhesive (available at Dollar Tree, the little bottle with the blue lid). Again, the glue was allowed to dry overnight. Now, here is a cheery picture of flowers in a sunny meadow to brighten someone's room.