Thursday, 14 May 2009

Tonight Matthew, I will be feeling....

I recently got a copy of Kelly Rae Roberts' book "Taking Flight" which includes several step-by-step mixed-media projects. I found them pretty inspiring, so I thought I'd have a try for myself! :)

I didn't have all the right supplies, and didn't copy the project down to the finest detail, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I'm certainly not the world's greatest painter, but hopefully with more practice I'll improve a little!

The body was a collage of small squares of patterened paper which was then overpainted. The background is acrylic paint, along with some stamping (though to be pretty honest the stamping is a bit too subtle, so although I can see it, you may not! lol)

Anyway, there you have it, my first mixed-media piece. I'm sure there'll be more to come in the future! Click on the image for a larger view.

(Oh, I've had a couple of messages asking "who's Matthew?". There's a tv show here in the UK called Stars in their Eyes (maybe you have it in other countries too, I dunno) where people impersonate a famous singer and the public vote on who was most like the original. Each time before they go on stage they say to the presenter, Matthew Kelly, "Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be.....". See? There was method in my madness!:)

30 comments :

Maureen said...

I love it. I bought the book but will have to start after vacation.

jackieb said...

Very lovely...I know you'll be doing more of this!

Sue said...

It may me a first for you but I would never have known without you saying so. I really like it a lot!

Mariannes Kort og Stempling said...

I love your mixed media collage Dan;-)

voodoo vixen said...

Oh yes... Dan, this is what you do best (not that I am suggesting anything you do isn't good) but you have a real feel for this type of work and I know this book will be awesome!

Angie said...

Wow I love your mixed medium piece .., keep seeing different things you have done.

AngelaC said...

I love this Dan... and I knew who you meant (Matthew) straight away!

Andrea said...

its just great Dan and a new trend :-) you really are talented and I look forward to seeing more of these, as for a method in your madness are you sure????? love the fact that the arrow is pointing at calm xx

Vicki said...

wow that collage is amazing, i love it. have a great day xx

Brian K said...

Awesome as usual! Love the background!

Dorothy said...

Very nice Dan!
Dorothy

Linda Elbourne said...

This is fantastic Dan ... best you change your email from Crafter to Artist - it is stunning and I for one would pay good money to have that on my wall!

mrsspook said...

a great piece of work Dan
June x

Hels said...

A-MAY-ZING!!!!!! Can't fink of owt else to say cos I am awestruck!!!! BTW, I will pay more than that Linda one to own this....so there LOL xxx

Julia Dunnit said...

If it's a madness, I'm in, I totally understood it! Love the piece...and think your painting skills are waaaay better than you allow.

Lyn said...

A new technique acquired and excelled - Dan, your amazing work is something I can only aspire to!
Awesome.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Dan you are really talented...I love this. thanks for sharing. Mary in Hong Kong

TinaB said...

stunning!! as always x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

This is gorgeous Dan. The colours look great together too :)
Anne x

Kati said...

Hi,
Just found your blog and it's GREAT! Your mixed media piece is wonderful too!

Sandi said...

Dan

Wow...You are really branching out. I think you did a great job love the blues and spinner idea.

Sounds like you have some good TV over their.

TFS
Sandi N.

Jolee Jane said...

very expressive- I took a class taught by Kelly, she is amzingly talented. You are obviously a natural
Jolee Jane

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Dan I LOVE viewing all your creations and your tutorials are amazing!!!!

BTW, You've been "Tagged"....if you wanna play, check out my blog...
http://pennyduncancreations.blogspot.com

Traceyr said...

What fun Dan. I got the connection! lol

I have this book too and have yet to try any of the projects out. Need to visit some junk shops for old hardback books and where do I get gesso from???

Your project is fab. :)

craftytrog said...

Your canvas is brilliant Dan! After reading your post a few days ago, I went and ordered KRR's book. It's fabulous and full of great ideas, I've wanted to try this sort of thing for ages, so thanks!
Alison x

Joy said...

Hi Dan this is truly amazing and are you taking bids?!!!

Minx said...

WOW Dan, i think your painting is totally awsome, well done you x

Claireabelle said...

Wow Dan, this is simply STUNNING!!

Leslie said...

Dan, am pretty new to your blog. I love it and so appreciate you sharing your SCAL freebies. But, when I saw your mixed media painting, I really fell in love. I too am a dabbler in all things creative, I so respect your willingness to put yourself out there. Sharing our creations can be the most exciting thing, but it can also leave us in the most vulnerable of positions. But as I read your comments, I see you are surrounded by just fantastic blogosphere friends. I wish it was this easy to meet the coolest people in person, but online, it seems kind of easy to screen through the nice ones and then the ones you know will leave imprints on your heart. Sorry for the rambling, I was just really touched by your painting and your openness. Take care and I can't wait to come back and see what you make next. If you are interested, I have some Candy up for grabs. You can find it here. Thank you again for sharing, hugs, Leslie

Caroline said...

like this a lot xx

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