I have been spending a lot of studio time exploring the new releases from Spellbinders. Among my favorite are the items from their collection A Gilded Life. Created in conjunction with Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso, the line consists of bezels, pendants, dies, texture plates, and relics. Filled with European flair, these items seem at first glance to be ready-made for jewelry projects and home decor. For me though, they scream mixed media.
I am preparing for an exhibition in NYC in April and have decided to create what I am calling Mixed Media Medallions to use as components of my artwork. But as you will see, if you attach a chain to these pieces they would actually make some pretty cool jewelry -- which would be a first for me.
This is the second in the series...
I was inspired by the Royal Medallion pendant in antique gold and knew that I wanted to build a piece around it. Knowing that I would not be attaching a chain to this piece, I snipped off the loop at the top of the crown with snips for a finished look.
I sorted through my stash and found this aged, vintage pocket watch case and thought it would make the perfect base.
I added some found hardware to add height, detail, and just the right amount of grit.
Finally, I thought a bit of whimsey would be perfect and I die cut and embossed some hand painted paper into the shape of wings using the Mix'd Media Elements dies. (While this die has now been discontinued, you can probably still find it in some retails shops or online). I added a bit of extra dimension by stenciling the wings with ink.
Playing around with these elements, I glued the pieces and created my mixed media medallion.
I look forward to showing you in a few months how I will use this in a mixed media artwork for the exhibition.
Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:
S5-085 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® Mix'd Media Elements
Other: vintage pocket watch case, found objects, hand painted paper, adhesive, tinner snips