A Mixed-Media Approach to “Four Seasons” Art: Winter

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In the last post, we talked about a new approach to the “Four Seasons” theme: a framed vignette inspired by printers’ trays. That post talked about the method behind the madness in the materials and process creating the autumn piece. Here, it’s all about winter. And as in the autumn post, photos follow of a few supplies used, and the remaining materials are listed at the bottom.

The Background

"Creating a 'Four Seasons' Mixed-Media Collage: Autumn" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comThe background was a piece of scrapbook paper from a paper pack and the right side was a piece of painted bristol board in a teal tone. Teal is a cool shade that seems like it would go with all the seasons, and certainly a blue hue works well with the idea of winter.

"Creating a 'Four Seasons' Mixed-Media Collage: Autumn" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comMartha Stewart stencils from Michael’s provided a Christmas tree for the left side, and Faber-Castell Gelatos in the pastel variety were used to fill it in.

Some very small stamps from Art-C, which also came from Michael’s, had stamps with “wish” and “joy” — and both seemed appropriate for winter, mainly for Christmas. These were applied with a light wash of FolkArt’s acrylic paint in Antique Copper.

Collage and Scrapbooking Pieces

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Again, the Art-C “Everyday” Ephemera Collage Pack had the perfect sayings on cardboard stock to use for winter and the Christmas season: “picture perfect,” “my happy place” and “believe.” A light wash of the Antique Copper and Desert Turquoise paints were brushed on as a border.

Metal Embellishments: Keys and Keyholes

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The chosen Tim Holtz Idea-ology key for winter was “memory,” again focusing more on Christmas (it’s difficult not to with a winter collage). E6000 glue affixed the metal pieces, with the keyhole going onto the scrapbook paper and the key being glued to a piece of Antique-Copper-painted washi tape.

(The key does make the frame heavier on one side when you hang it. See here for correcting a tilted frame.)

The finished product:

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View the autumn “Four Seasons” piece here, and stay tuned for spring and summer!

 

Main materials used:
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Keys
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Keyholes
• Art-C Ephemera Collage Pack: “Everyday”
• Art-C Stamp: “Wish” and “Joy”
Americana Acrylic Paint: “Desert Turquoise”
FolkArt Acrylic Paint: Metallic “Antique Copper”
4×6 frame from Michael’s

 

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