Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mixed media Valentine and Giveaway winner.

Red is not one of my go-to colors. As a teacher I have avoid using red pens to correct papers simply because kids only see "bad, wrong, never getting anything right".

According to Color Psychology, there are positive traits for red such as, "action, energy and speed, attention-getting, assertive and confident, energizing, stimulating, exciting, powerful, passionate, stimulating and driven, courageous and strong, spontaneous and determined."  I find I associate more with its negative traits, "aggressive and domineering, over-bearing, tiring, angry and quick-tempered, ruthless, fearful and intolerant, rebellious and obstinate, resentful, violent and brutal".  Thus, I use it rather sparingly in my work.

I was invited by Susi at Frobestenchen to join Art Journal Journey's challenge, Fifty Shades of RED. Putting my dislike aside and using the opportunity to get into the mood for Valentines Day...
Mixed media piece on 9 x 12 watercolor paper

The heart was created on scrap corrugated cardboard using washi tape and ribbon.

This heart pin is my mother's.  A wonderful way to remember her and her love of costume jewelry.

The background was created using various shades of red acrylic paint, embossing powder, sequins and glitter glue. To soften the rough edges of the heart I added a layer of cheese cloth which I sprayed with Dylusions Postbox Red spray ink.

Incorporating a favorite Dylusions stamp by embossing on red tissue paper.

For added dimension: 
a fun feather and wood heart buttons.

Art Journal Journey
Joining in with Art Journal Journey.

Valentine box Giveaway Winner is...

Random number generation / Random Numbers
 between  and   = 8 

aj!  I will be emailing you for your address.  Congratulations!


  1. this is such a gorgeous page!!! The layers are delicious as is that heart of many stripes of patterns. I would NEVER have guessed red wasn't a fave color of yours. Thanks for stepping out of the box and joining in at AJJ!

  2. Oh my gosh! This is just fantastic! I love this amazing Mixed Media Page!
    Thank you very much for joining us at Art Journal Journey with such a beautiful piece! An amazing project !!!
    Happy new week to you!

  3. Wow, your use of washi tape, lace and fabric to create the heart is amazing! I love your sparkly, wooden and metal heart embelishments and stamp embossing is stunning :-). So glad Susi asked you to join us and that you created this beautiful page! J :-)

  4. Wonderful wonderful heart, bursting with strength and colour. Hugs, Valerie

  5. I am in love - your heart is out of this world. Interesting about Kids and the color red. For me, love is energy and passion. Kids don't need anymore energy that's for sure!!!
    Your mixed media page is quite unique and wonderful. Of course you get a big WOW from me over you heart!!
    Sandy xx

  6. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love your heart and how it is filled with so many different shades of red and amazing textures! And LOVE, of course!!!!

  7. Love ALL of the little details here! Fabulous! Chrisx


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