Sunday, March 7, 2010

MMM: It's Not All B & W

Altered Clipboard

Detail of ribbon and crystal button

This week's Mixed Media Monday challenge was to create something in Black and White with a splash of color. I bought this clipboard at the dollar store a few days ago, and thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to alter it. . .

I resisted the urge to collage the board as I wanted to have a smooth surface to write on. With that in mind, I decided to use a monotone palette with paint and simple touches. After applying a few coats of Gesso, I used a Tim Holtz mask and painted over it with another few coats of black acrylic. I wanted a grunge look, so I tried not to clean or "pretty it up" after peeling off the mask. Instead, I scrubbed the board with sandpaper while the paint was still tacky and purposely rubbed a wet rag on top of the edges, scalloped bottom and polka dots. Finally, I added water-soluble oil pastels in both white and black to add to the messy look. It was sealed with a topcoat of matte gel and finished off with a charcoal ribbon (my splash of subtle color) and a Swarovski crystal.

Thank you for looking! To see more pieces on Black & White (with a splash of color), please log on to http://www.mixedmediamonday.wordpress.com/.

Kristin xo

20 comments:

Nicola said...

Hi Kristin, great piece for this weeks theme, very different to anything I've seen you do before, I had trouble resisting the urge to use loads of colour as that is what I normally do but I think I got through it, hehehe. I really like the idea that you have taken something practical and made it into something pretty and useful!!! Nice work!

Oh just to let you know I didn't realise but today (Monday) is a public holiday in Canberra as it's Canberra day (I nearly sent Rhys to school but remembered this morning hehehe). So the post office is closed I shall be down there first thing tomorrow to organise your painting to be posted!! :0)

joanna said...

Kristin, I love your entry!! You always come up with such unique ideas!
xoxo

Diane said...

I love altered clipboards, and I really like that you can still use yours--I loved the way you did it!

Diane said...

Stunning Kristin! Diane

Michelle said...

Great clipboard; what a wonderful idea. Love the swirls.

Cindy said...

Wow! Amazing! And what a great idea!!!! It is beautiful!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Gorgeous artwork...beautifully created.

Faye said...

That's got to be the jazziest clipboard I've ever seen, Kristin. Very beautiful entry.

Hermine said...

Its beautiful

Daphne said...

Wow, this is beautifull!

Ozstuff said...

Wow! The clipboard is stunning - and so is the most beautiful paper it is placed on. Wonderful artwork.

Femmy said...

it's great!!!

http://truutske.blogspot.com/ said...

Whow..what a very great idea.
Love your creation and the details.
So amazing!!!

Fabric Art said...

Love the swirls on your wonderful clipboard, great idea.

Rhonda said...

Love it! Thanks for describing your method - Cheers!

Rosie said...

I love your departure to the grungey side of art Kristin! Totally gorgeous clipboard!
And, I also really like the wooden panel you collaged - thanks for sharing your process - inspiring! =)

Annette Q said...

Thats one sweet clipboard. What a great take on the theme :-)

haendi said...

This is lovely! Very classic.

Amy said...

it is a fabulous crystal too!!! Amazing board...very fancy and sweet ...thanks for visiting me at my blog..I enjoy your comments and support..you are a great online art friend to me

Saya said...

SUch a great idea! Wonderful work!!