I had so much fun with this week's Mixed Media Monday prompt, These are a few of my Favorite Things. I thought about it all week and was playing around with ideas and images when I questioned weather or not a gel transfer would work on cardboard. I decided to give it a try, and was thrilled to find that it did. With that, the decision to use my favorite supplies and theme in response to the challenge was born . . .
"Our Wish" began life as a piece of cardboard that was first separated in half before being painted with several layers of grey, cream and blue (my favorite color) acrylic. I then used gel medium to carefully transfer a picture of a baby buggy (which I have always loved and collected in various forms) that I got from The Graphics Fairy. I added a strip of wish tickets to the bottom, and washed the whole piece with charcoal (my favorite tool) and oil pastels. I then bent the top over and distressed it with gesso, yellow and gold oil pastels and more charcoal. Next, I ripped a strip of fabric (which was further enhanced with charcoal) and tucked in into the top fold before gluing the cardboard down. Final touches include a vintage #2 (to represent our hope for another child), a Swarovski button on the hanger and Swarovski crystals on the buggy's wheels.
Thank you for your time: I look forward to seeing all of your Favorite Things!