Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mixed Media Mask

I am very excited to share this as my first piece as part of the Design Team for The Mirror Crack'd challenge blog. It is such an honor to be asked to join a team full of wonderfully inspiring, and talented individuals! I look forward to being a part of this team and sharing my creations.
The August challenge is "Masks" which can be either a  mask such as mine here or a traditional masking technique. However you would like to interpret it please head over to the blog and share your creations!

For this project I started with a cardboard mask found at my local craft store.I painted the entire thing with a coat of white gesso and let it dry. I cut the mask in two pieces in the shape I liked. I then began building up this side using stencils and texture paste. I used my hot glue gun to add real seashells and sand as well as some beads. Once I achieved the look I wanted I then started layering the "corroded" side with different acrylic paints in greens, blues and browns. I also used distress spray walnut stain and water, as well as Dylusions sprays in Dirty Martini,Poisoned Jade and Melted Chocolate colors. I allowed everything to dry completely (overnight). I apologize but I got carried away with this creation and forgot to take pics along the way!

I placed the two pieces back together slightly overlapping the "corroded" side on top of the blank to narrow and distort the face a bit. I painted the blank side in a copper acrylic and let it dry.

I applied an embossing medium through stencil and silver puff embossing powder to create the design on copper side. Using a detail paint brush I went back over the embossed areas that were misplaced with the same copper acrylic paint. Once this was dry I adhered my jewels and pearls with glue, added a silver dragonfly and voila!

I really enjoyed creating this piece. I was inspired by undersea treasure hunters and all the beautiful things they find under years of sediment from the sea.
I hope you enjoyed this creation and that it has inspired you to head over to the Mirror Crack'd and check out what the amazing Design Team has created and encourages you to submit your own creation!
For the August "Masks" challenge We are thrilled to be sponsored by
With a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line.
Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. We also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the websitewww.woodware.co.uk.http://www.woodware.co.uk/

I am also entering this project in the Anything But Cute challenge this month.

I would also like to enter my project in the following:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit : Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes


  1. Stunning project Jenn. Welcome Aboard, I can see you will fit right in!


  2. Silly as it seems - love the copper side the most! It's so neat how it snuggles up inside the other and the color is sooo pretty. That said... the entire mask is a work of art. So intriguing. Wonderful inspiration Jenn. Thanks bunches! j.

  3. Silly as it seems - love the copper side the most! It's so neat how it snuggles up inside the other and the color is sooo pretty. That said... the entire mask is a work of art. So intriguing. Wonderful inspiration Jenn. Thanks bunches! j.

  4. Wow Jenn, this is just stunning!! I love the way you have divided the mask with two completely different themes! On one side there's a sort of Mardi Gras, fun and funky feeling and on the other side it's more magical, like a fantasy mask from an enchanted forest!! Well done!! Congrats on your new DT spot as well!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Making Magic' challenge, your project is so unique and wonderful! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  5. This is just breathtaking! Both sides of this stunning mask are separate pieces of art! Brilliant magical make!
    Thank you so much for joining in our 'Making Magic' challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Branka DT x

  6. Very interesting mask. Love it. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. I hope you join us again soon. Judy DT

  7. I love all the colours you have used in this mask, it looks enchanted and magical!
    Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute xxx

  8. WOW I just love your creativity with your piece of art - love it. Thank you for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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  9. Wow, I love your creative mask with the jeweled copper juxtaposed against the "bottom of the sea" crusted side! Very cool effect! Thank you for joining our Making Magic challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  10. This is really gorgeous...love how you have split the mask and then re-added it in a complete contrast to the other side.
    The embellishing of one side is totally lush with all those shells and the colour is amazing...
    Thank you for joining us in our August Challenge over at Rhhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  11. WOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!! This is beyond stunning! What a work of art!
    Thank you so very much for joining our challenge Making Magic at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
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