Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my my new Mixed Media tutorial!
This is my very first mail art project and I just hope I did it right. But then, with Mixed Media there is no right or wrong things; so I hope you do like it and I made a good job.
Here we go!
Step by step tutorial:
1. Take the old envelope and open it as shown. Cover it all with a layer of ESF gesso and let it dry. Do not try to make the perfect coverage; just a bit is sufficient for this project.
2. Take a few Iridescents Ann Butler's Clearsnap paints and cover the gesso over with a mix of 3-4 of them. Those paints are Gel Medium based, shiny and very thin ones. Wipe some paint with baby wipe as shown and let it dry. I initially used Limelight, Sheer Copper and Lagoon, but later I added some more colors over the first layer.
4. Peel off the paper rectangles and this is what we have now: one layer painted envelope.
5. Grab your favorite VLVS stamps and stamp them over the envelope with black Archival ink.
Actually this ink was the last one I tried over the sample piece. I tried pigmented ink and it didn't work over the glossy paint. Then I tried solvent ink- BIG NO! Then I tried die inks- different brands- and it was still a mess. The last one left- ARCHIVAL- made the job.
6. As the next step I added a few stencil strokes with white Whipped Cream Chalk It Up ESF paint over the Stencilgirl stencils and added a few more VLVS images to make it look finished. I used stencil with the words with meaning: like SECRET over the front and Inside Out on the back and not just lovely splashes.
7. Finally, as I didn't like the colors too much, I added a few layers of another colors of the same kind of semi translucent Ann Butler's Iridescents paints, more in pinks/blues, such as Lipstick, Orchid and Ocean Surf and as you see the images are still seen and the color looks more interesting.
And this is how the finished envelope looks:
And the back of the envelope: