Welcome to a new project for Altered Eclectics
, where anything goes as long as it's altered art or mixed media (no cards, ATC's or scrap layouts). You should pop over and take a look at the variety of artwork on show, it's amazing!
This little beauty started life with me as a rather shabby, pre-loved manikin found at a boot sale. She used to have a velvet body with beads hanging around the bottom but that all came off the day she arrived in the Crafter Cavern.
Once striped bare she had a good rub down and then a few body enhancing changes with flexible filler, then another rub down, which left her with a nice smooth surface.
Using Sizzix Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes and grey board I cut several shapes out and glued them on to the manikin with Cosmic Shimmer PVA.
To begin the painting process I covered her with a coat of Cosmic Shimmer White Gesso Primer, I was pleasantly surprised to find one coat was enough.
When the gesso was dry I began to paint patches of colour all over the manikin. Once the colours where dry I went over with a brown acrylic to tone it down a little.
Leaving the paint to dry thoroughly seemed like an age but it was only about an hour. I really wanted to get started with the Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Waxes, I used Chic Pumpkin and Autumn Bronze .
There are small areas of Chic Pumpkin and larger areas of Autumn Bronze because it has that perfect dark brown hue.
I then had to be patient again, to allow the wax to set, buffing it up too early would remove some of it and I'd have to do it a second time.
With an old duster I buffed the manikin all over, being careful not to rub the ends of the swirls too hard. It came up with a gorgeous sheen to it. It had all been an experiment to see if it what was in my head would transfer, via my hands, to the manikin. I am happy to say that I think it did, it's not until you pick it up that you realise it 's too light to be metal.
You have a whole month to create something, anything as long as it's altered art or mixed media, no cards. We would love to see what you make at Altered Eclectics
I would like to enter my manikin in the following challenges: