Ok, I have to say first and foremost, that I really don't care if you hate this Mixed Media piece. You see, I LOVE IT!!! It is me! I absolutely would not change a thing about this HUGE 16x20 canvas. And for those of you who know me very well, that is saying a lot. I am 100% my own worst critic. But this piece is perfect. I love the texture, the colors, and the meaning behind why I painted it. It is my first "Valentine" piece of the year and a gift for Brian and I, to hang in our bedroom. It says how we feel about each other now, how we have felt for the last 26 years, and how we will feel until God separates us. (Ok, enough mushy stuff!! Let's talk about the canvas)
~ 16x20 pre-primed canvas
~ Torn strips of muslin
~ Mod podge
~ Modeling paste
~ Dyan Reavely's Ranger Dylusions Stencil - Dotted Flowers DYS34018
~ Golden acrylics
~ Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso
~ Washi tape
~ Drywall tape
~ Tim Holtz Distress Ink
~ Charcoal Pencil
~ Faber Castell Big Brush Black Pitt Pen
This canvas actually started months ago. I tore the strips of muslin and glued them down and then it just sat, and sat, and sat. I knew the general idea of what I wanted to do, but I got scared. I was afraid it wouldn't turn out like it looked in my head.
Well, in 2013 I have decided to CREATE every day. And to do that, you have to just do and have no fears. Well, that meant starting with my unfinished project. So, on January 1st, I started this canvas.
Here are the steps:
1) Prime muslin strips with gesso. Dry.
2) Add modeling paste with favorite stencil. Dry.
3) Start adding favorite colors around canvas. Dry.
4) Add tapes around edges with a little mod podge and some yellow paint.
5) Add more paint. Dry.
6) Decide to add a heart right in the middle of canvas. SCARY!! Dry.
7) Add charcoal pencil around heart. Smudge.
8) Add distress ink.
9) Color in a few circles with gesso for no reason at all.
10) Write and stamp saying.
11) Add more distress ink.
12) Spray entire canvas with gloss fixative.
Well, like I said above, I don't really care if you like what I painted, because I do. To me, that is what true art should be - something we love so much that we don't care if someone else likes it or not.
I do hope this inspires you to go out
and create some of your own art, and I pray you LOVE IT!!!
Here are a few pictures of "With My Whole Heart" by Lori Batronis.
You can see the colors from different angles and the up close texture in some of these:
Be inspired, and create everyday!!