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Mixed Media with Photography: Create a Keepsake

Mixed Media with Photography: Create a Keepsake

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Mixed media is all about using different mediums to create different art projects; nothing is off-limits. You can reach for lots of different products in your craft stash, from paper and card, to metals and wood. But did you know that creating mixed media projects with photography is also a fantastic way to experiment, and produce something beautiful? There really are no limits when it comes to this craft! Seasoned papercrafters can experiments with beads, MDF, textured paints and more; jewellery-makers can enjoy an opportunity to play with paper whilst still creating something dazzling. In this eye-catching project, Helen Kirkham shows you how you can bring your own family photography into the mix, and create a beautiful bespoke gift, or a family keepsake to treasure.

You Will Need:

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Paint the canvas with white gesso. Add relief paste through the stencil using the spatula. Add some of the paste to the canvas then, using the spatula, tap over the relief paste to pull parts of the paste up, to create texture. Paint over the canvas with black gesso.

Helen’s helpful hint: After using each product/medium, allow the layers to dry. You can work on them without letting them dry, but they will start to mix together (which could look great on another project!) and for this particular project you need to allow each part to dry, to create distinct layers.

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Cut the small cogs and nuts from the toolbox on the USB out of black card, six times each. Glue three of each cog and nut, one on top of the other, using the decoupage glue.

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From the toolbox on the USB, cut the heart padlock three time for each layer, out of black card. Cut key 2 out of card six times. Glue all six layers together for both the key and the padlock, using the decoupage glue.

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Using the hot glue gun, stick the chain, cogs, nuts, padlock and key to the canvas. Paint everything with the black gesso, and allow to dry.

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Using the sponge, add the copper paint and allow to dry.

Helen’s helpful hint: Try using lots of different items to apply the mediums, from sponges, paintbrushes and wet wipes, to even using your fingers. This will enable you to create lots of different textures, with just one medium.

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Using the dauber, add blue wax to parts of the canvas.

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Add the gold gilded paint to the canvas using the paint brush, and allow to dry.

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Paint the pendant backings with black gesso, bronze paint and blue wax.

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Stick the photos to the pendants and, with the hot glue gun, stick the pendant to the chains.
Using font FO-OO1 from the ScanNCut fonts, write ‘Family holds the key to my heart’, resize to 0.40 by 8.15 inches, fill in the letters, and draw on to the white card. Glue to the canvas. Add drops of gold and black 3D Dora paint to the canvas.

Finished project on display

Now you’ve not only created an awesome art project, but also an eye-catching way to display treasured family photos! Enhancing mixed media with photography is a fantastic way to add a personal finishing touch to your project. You could give the finished piece as a gift, or hang it in your own own home to create a fab focal point for any room.

Looking for more creative mixed media ideas? Check out the rest of our mixed media projects, articles and tutorials right here on the blog!

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