Today, I’m sharing some mixed media panels. It all started with some long, skinny barn wood frames I found on sale at Hobby Lobby. I loved them and thought they’d look great on my bedside tables. I also found some 10″ x 20″ cradled wood panels that fit in them nicely!
I generally like crazy colors in my art, but for the bedroom I prefer it more neutral and calming – generally the colors already in that room, taupe, off-white, white, grey, and a touch of light blue. Color palette – done.
To start things off, I gessoed the panels and let them dry. Then, I applied some light modeling paste through the TCW Organic Matter stencil onto each panel. I left this to dry for a few hours, then randomly sprayed it with Distress Spray Ink (Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Hickory Smoke, and Pumice Stone) and also some water. I tilted the panels to let the colors run and bleed then left them to dry ovenight. Here’s a picture of one of the panels at this point – you’ll notice how the modeling paste absorbed the ink.
Next step was to add some layers! I smooshed on some white paint with my fingers. Then I applied clear jesso through some stencils (TCW Tiny Circles and Tim Holtz Mixed Media #2) and let it dry. Next up was some more paint – this time Dina Wakley paints (Umber, Elephant) and also some Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (Sky, Peacock, Marine, Elephant, Umber). Here’s what the panel looked like at this stage – and I’ll be honest, I thought I’d ruined it! I was going for a light, creamy effect, and I’d just made mud.
Nothing that some more white paint can’t solve! I used a palette knife and my fingers to add in some more white paint (I used Liquitex basic white paint, and also Golden Zinc White – which is pretty transparent). I also applied white paint through the TCW Tiny Circles stencil in random areas. At this point, I realized I’d lost some of the detail of the TCW Organic Matter Stencil, so I used a white POSCA paint pen and a damp paint brush to bring back the “valleys”. I also used the Dina Wakley scribble sticks to add shadows, and color in areas. The final step was to add some gold leaf. I tried using my gold paint pen – but, it just didn’t look legit. Had to use the leaf. Then I went over everything with a light coat of Liquitex glossy varnish.
Here’s a look at the final stage of this panel – I’m really happy with the overall light feeling, and the texture!
Here’s a side-by-side look at this panel in its various stages:
Here are some close-ups of the details on both of the panels:
And, here’s a look at the panels in their frames and on the bedside tables!
- Surface: Cradled wood panel 10″ x 20″
- Stencils: TCW Organic Matter, TCW Tiny Circles, Tim Holtz Mixed Meda #2
- Mediums: Liquitex Gesso; Dina Wakley Clear Gesso, Liquitex Gloss Varnish
- Paint: Dina Wakley paint and scribble sticks (Sky, Peacock, Marine, Elephant, Umber); Liquitex Basics White; Golden Zinc White, POSCA paint pens
- Ink: Distress Spray Stain (Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Hickory Smoke, and Pumice Stone)
- Other: Gold leaf/sizing