Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mixed Media Rainbow Collage

Happy Wednesday!!  This past weekend was my (soon-to-be mrs) sister's bridal shower :)  It was a whirlwind weekend, but it turned out perfect.  The weather was nice, the food was yummy (most important!), and she got tons of gorgeous gifts.  We (the bridesmaids) went together on a big gift from her registry, but I couldn't help making a few special gifties.  K's wedding theme is rainbow - each of the bridesmaids have a different color dress (mine is peach, in case you were wondering) - so I wanted to make a little something rainbow.  I saw this awesome idea over at i heart and decided that a mixed media collage would be perfect for that little something rainbow. 

I started out with a 5x7 canvas that I picked up at Michaels.  Then it was off to the Home Deport for a few paint chips and lots of rifling through old magazines to find some more color 'chips'.  I wanted to do a strip of pink, peach, yellow, green, blue and white to correspond with the wedding colors, and I used a mix of hues for visual interest.  Here are all of my supplies:

1 canvas
lots of paint chips and magazine pages
Modge Podge
tape measure & pen

Step 1 - rip all the paint chips and magazine pages into small pieces
Step 2 - very scientifically (hehehe) divide the length of the canvas by the number of colors and measure out the sections to keep the colors even.  (In this case I divided the 7 inch length by 6) 
Step 3 - Modge Podge all those little pieces onto the canvas, overlapping as you go

Step 4 - Let everything dry (about an hour or so)
Step 5 - Apply another full layer of Modge Podge over top of all the paper chips
Step 6 - More dry time
Step 7 - Stand back and admire your work of art

I added some paper flowers (tutorial to follow) in the colors of the wedding for a little extra dimension.  I really loved doing this project!  The gluing was so meditative and it really goes pretty quickly.  I hope it provides a fun reminder of this exciting time for my little sis!


karebear said...

This really is so pretty<3

Bec said...

I am in LOVE with your flowers!!! Definitely will have to post a tutorial because I can think of lots of fun projects for those guys :)



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