To begin, I used the mini POP ink from Clearsnap, in Mystery and Susan's co-branded stamp set,
What's up Gnomey? I stamped out multiple pieces on white cardstock.
For the background of the hideaway scene, I smudged Ice ink on a half of sheet of rice paper. I then smudged Sky over top of the Ice. On the other half of the rice paper, I smudged Fresh ink and then Cocoa on top of that. Neutral or white tissue paper could be used as well if no rice paper is available.
I then used the mini POP inks like watercolors. I pressed the ink pad onto a foam palette and then I was able to paint with a watercolor brush. For this project, I used Ice, Sky, Fresh, Cocoa, Mystery, and Shimmer.
Next, I brushed Decou-Page on the inside of the ostrich egg and smoothed out the inked rice paper. I overlapped to cover all areas. Wrinkles give a nice textured affect. I then brushed overtop the adhered paper with more Decou-Page.
Using the back side of the "Live in Color" scrapbook paper, I cut small pieces in geometric shapes approximately 3/4" x 1/2". I used modeling paste and a palette knife to smear small sections of paste and then I directly adhered the cut paper pieces. I applied the paste about 1/8" thick or less. I covered the whole exterior of the egg with the paper mosaic. I allowed it to dry overnight, then I coated each paper piece with the Decou-Page. I let this dry and then I sprayed the whole exterior and interior with a matte acrylic spray.
I cut out all the gnome stamped and painted pieces. I edged them all with the Mystery ink. Then with hot glue, I glued wood picks to the back of all the pieces for stiffness, allowing about 1/4" of the pick to stick out from the bottom.
I stained three wood balls with Ice, to be used as feet for the egg. I adhered the balls to the bottom of the egg with modeling paste.
With natural items like bark, wood, alder cones, acorns, I started hot gluing them inside the scene working from the back to the front.
I continued to decorate the woodland hideaway, adding natural pieces and putting in my gnome. I used reindeer moss and glued all around the edge of the egg, adding acorns and the painted leaves.
I glued in the painted mushrooms and flowers. I then embellished with tiny dried straw flowers.
I hope you enjoyed my mixed media piece. I am sure you can be creative and find other items to use for a woodland hideaway if you don't have an ostrich egg available. Thank you for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.
Joyce Shaulis Susan K. Weckesser Creative Design Team Member
Susan K. Weckesser Products:
What's Up Gnomey? https://www.unitystampco.com/
Mini POP inks https://ww.clearsnap.com/ Mystery, Kiss, Fresh, Shimmer, Fresh, Cocoa, Sky
Live in Color scrapbook paper
hot glue and glue gun
empty ostrich egg
3 1" wood balls
acrylic matte spray
nature findings: wood, bark, acorns, alder cones