Thou And Thou Only ~

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A lyric from “Be Thou My Vision” ~ illustrated in mixed media.  This piece is 12×36?  Remember “Be Thou My vision from a week or so ago?  
Well, the lyrics I love… and I couldn’t help but try my hand at another, larger canvas:

The first thing I did was to add the first layer, which were striped paper napkins, and modge podged on.  It wrinkles up, which makes for interesting texture.  I let it dry, {be patient} then continued with the addition of paint, stamps, rubons, perfect pearls, organza, a stencil pattern, and chip board letters.  {Whew!} A few accents with my black pen, and then a leftover butterfly.  Nice to get rid of the leftovers, right?

Chipboard letters glued, and then stamped and rubons added for extra visual interest~

The picture below shows the wonderful wrinkle texture {at least I think it’s wonderful}.  I found these little silver nail-head looking scrapbook embellishments in my stash, so I used them all on the edge.  They almost remind me of furniture nailheads.

The heart is cut from organza, glued down with modge podge, and a bit of watered-down acrylic paint is added for some shading.  I doodled the swirls with my Wite-Out Pen ~ and more dabs of paint to soften.

I used two sprays; one is yellow from Dylusions, and then I used some glimmer mist in a light blue, and enhanced it further with some turquoise acrylic paint.  I also added black pen doodles over the stenciled area (the triangles)

Stamping all over in a random word pattern print to add a tad bit more texture…

Perfect Pearls adorn the edges of the heart~ and I added a bit of turquoise paint to take the shine down a bit.

I have so, so, dearly enjoyed rediscovering and using my ‘older’ scrapbooking supplies in this mixed media technique(s).  What I really think is super cool is how seamlessly they can transfer from fabric, to paper, to canvas.

Do you have a favorite method for mixed media, canvas, or fabric?  Or a technique?  I’d love to hear about it!

And…the BEST NEWS I’m so anxious to share with you all— little Rowan Flaten has come home finally, and he is CANCER FREE!!!  Praising God for that miracle.  And this {I think} will be the piece I will donate for the Auction and Benefit for Rowan the end of September in Highwood.  I can only imagine how sweet it must be for that family to be home again ~ together.

Thank you Lord.  Thank you.  Have a great weekend!

Soli Deo Gloria~


Comments 13

  1. This is beautiful. I've done something like this way back in high school for some portfolio. Using tissues to add some texture is really messy but worth it in the end. It was so much fun.
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  2. This is so beautiful, Leslie. All the layers are fantastic. I love the embellishments that look like nailheads… how neat! This will make an amazing donation piece. So grateful to hear Rowan is cancer free and the family is back together!!

  3. Hi Leslie. Well I just joined you on Pinterest. Love your technique with textile and I'm a huge fan of fiberart because I've had a needle in my hand since I was 15. Itching to get out my sewing machines; I'm wanting to needlefelt something; must be the fall coming out. Lately I've been playing with paints but it is time to combine the two again. Thanks for the inspiration. Blessinsgs Terri

  4. A beautiful experiment and it turned out wonderfully – I like the nail head trim and I agree – it reminds me of furniture nail heads! And (I think I've said this before here)- that is just one of my most favorite hymns!

  5. So thankful for the good report on Rowan. I'm still experimenting so I'm not sure about my favourite technique but it could be combining all three- fabric, paper and now canvas. I have to admit that I'm worried that my first luv could get buried in all the mixed media stuff. But then white cloth never goes out of fashion! ;^)

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