The Unsung Anecdote – Mixed Media Project

A mixed media project by Monalisa Dutta.

Hello everyone,
Monalisa here and I am on the blog to share another tutorial with you all. Today I am sharing a step by step tutorial of creating a circular mixed media project with lots of embellishments on current month’s challenge i.e. ‘Masculine’. I hope you are all having a great day.

Before explaining about my work, I want to highlight the challenge of October month “MASCULINE”. Please do participate on our monthly blog challenge by clicking on the link and do visit to our blog to see awesome inspiration projects of our design team members.

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Here is my mixed media layout: –

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Let’s look into the insight of this project. How we actually interpret the word ‘Masculine’? I think majority of us will straight away visualize it like a symbol of strength, ruggedness, robust, macho etc. But I felt rather deeper in thought. My creation symbolizes and relates this word ‘Masculine’ with a man’s character as a whole. A man who as a child is soft and sweet like any child, as a teenager can be a symbol of freedom and joy, as an adult can be a husband with strong shoulders of responsibilities, as a father can be a hero to his offspring, as a human being who respects others without any chauvinism to say the least. That’s how I interpret a true man who defines masculinity. My mixed media project shows a man and a boy who are at two different ends of their life and the wear and tear they face are hidden on the background of their life and of course the elements symbolize the unsung struggles a true ‘Masculine’ overcomes to become a common ‘Good Man’.

Here is the details step by step tutorial on the same. Please have a look:

STEP 1. I primed the canvas with white gesso and applied paper texture paste with barcode stencil. To give it a more interesting look, I used white crackle paste on few portions.

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STEP 2. I created this mixed media project with only patina and rust effect texture paste set. I did not use any paint. There are four shades in each set. To get exact effect you need to apply subsequent layers when previous layer totally dried up. On the mid-section, I used patina effect texture paste and on upper and lower section, I used rust effect texture paste.

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STEP 3: When all the layers dried, I applied clear stamp with archival ink and sprinkled few acrylic paints to create more interesting background. I distressed the edges with distress ink.

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STEP 4: I primed clay embellishments with charcoal gesso and then applied patina effect paste on them and highlighted with copper penny wax. After that I embossed all chipboards in copper shade and distressed fussy cuts with distress ink. Here is the final look after adhering all the embellishments on mdf board.

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Supplies used from CrafTangles for this project are:

CrafTangles mixed media essentials – White Gesso (120ml).
CrafTangles mixed media essentials – Texture Paste – Paper (120ml).
CrafTangles mixed media essentials – Acrylic Soft Gel- Gloss (Gel medium)120ml.
CrafTangles 6”/6” stencil – BARCODE.
CrafTangles mixed media essentials – Art Waxes – Copper Penny (50ml) .
CrafTangles PATINA effect texture paste (Set of 4).
CrafTangles RUST effect texture paste (Set of 4).
CrafTangles photopolymer stamps – Old Newspaper.
CrafTangles mixed media essentials – Art Waxes – Sapphire (50ml).

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Thank you

Monalisa Dutta


Monalisa Dutta

Known as 'Lisa's FairyCraft' in Social Media. She loves to play with colours and textures while creating mixed media art. She is an avid altered art enthusiast and loves to experiment with styles

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