Do you have friends who would walk through fire and do anything for you? Do you have friends who are there for your saddest, darkest moments as well as partake in moments of your unbridled joy? I’m so blessed to have friends like these – friends who love me even with all of my imperfections and flaws. Two such friends of mine are married to one another and they’ve been fiercely loyal to me, standing by my side in difficult times and exceedingly happy times.
So, when these friends moved back home to Washington State from Colorado, I wanted to make them a very special welcome home + housewarming + birthday gift. I’ve been admiring mixed media art for some time now, and this was my first attempt at smashing a bunch of ephemera, washi tape, flowers and other pretty embellishments onto a decoupaged 12″ x 12″ canvas.
I started by using Mod Podge and applied it to the canvas and also to the back of my 12″ square scrapbook paper. All the paper I used was from The Heirloom Stack from DCWV, with the exception of some cardboard I turned into an embellishment. Once my first layer was completely dry, I covered it with one coat of Mod Podge and let it dry. Then I built from there.
My friend Stacy and I met because of our mutual adoration for the music of Depeche Mode, so I knew I wanted to incorporate lyrics from our beloved group in her wall art. Between Depeche Mode and the lead vocalist’s first solo album, I came up with three songs to work with. I hand-wrote lyrics from Depeche Mode’s “Home” and “Here is the House,” as well as a line from Dave Gahan‘s “Hidden Houses” song. I trimmed around the text and laid the pieces onto the dried canvas and put a layer of Mod Podge over them to give them a good seal. After they dried, I went over the whole canvas with another layer of Mod Podge.
Using a craft knife, I carefully cut out the film strip from scrap paper and cut out the insides to make windows. I surfed my friend Stacy’s Facebook photos for some pictures she took of her family and Seattle and printed them small enough to fit in the film strip. I carefully taped them into place behind the film strip windows, being careful not to use too much tape or the outline might show through. Then, I decoupaged it into place and worked on adding more layers. I used some really old E6000 glue from 2001, Liquid Glass and glue dots. If I remember correctly, I may have used my hot glue gun, as well. I had to work with different products based on what I was trying to adhere.
I inked up some chipboard key shapes and sprinkled some embossing powder with metal shavings and after applying heat, the embossing powder and metal pieces melted together nicely to form a cool textured look. I repeated this method onto a “DM” shape which is from the current Depeche Mode logo. I made a template, traced it, cut it out and embellished it.
Since I have a hard time keeping my own surprises a secret, I shared these photos with my friends before giving it to them. We don’t live near each other, so I wasn’t able to give them their gift for a few weeks since I was afraid to ship it. Mixed media art isn’t for everyone, but I’m thankful my friend Stacy and her husband loved it!
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