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Today marks our penultimate Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador introduction and we are wrapping up with some incredible creations. Pam Bray is here to tell us a little more about herself and show you her latest fascination in the form of a mixed media canvas featuring, A Ladies' Diary - DCE. Pam provides careful instructions to get you started on a path towards mixed media magic!
“Hi Graphic 45ers!!! Pam Bray here, and I am so excited to be part of the 2017-2018 Graphic 45 Grand Ambassadors!!!
I fell in love with all things crafty when I was a child and learned how to knit my very first dishcloth with my grandmother. I was hooked on making stuff at that moment! I was amazed to see how a single piece of yarn could create something beautiful. As you can see, I have fallen head over heel in love with Graphic 45 products. I get so excited when I can use pieces of paper, some glue, maybe some other crafty items to create something special. I started my paper designing almost 20 years ago when our first grandson was born. Each day my paper designing evolves into something more that I love. I would call my style anywhere from CAS to the extreme, over the top, and out of the box.
I live just outside of Memphis, TN with my husband Cal. We recently retired…so I have lots of time to create. We love to travel and have a small travel trailer…I load her up and craft on the road, lol. I love to have a cold Diet Coke and hard candies nearby when I create. I like to have a TV on when I create, I am not sure why since I rarely watch it but enjoy the noise more than anything.
I am a tole painter. I have started painting and recently took a fun mixed media class. I am now dabbling around with mixed media and think I have found a new passion.
My studio is always an organized mess, but I love it. Another fun fact, and don’t be shocked on this one…I always clean up my studio between projects….I know it there are gasps. LOL, but like I said, I have an organized mess!
I am active on my blog, where I have tutorials available for you to view several times a week. I also share on other media sites. I am so thankful and honored to be on several design teams, have my work featured in magazines, at CHA, on HSN, etc. I would love for you to stop by Scrapbook Flair/Pam Bray Designs.
A Ladies Diary Mixed Media Canvas
with Tutorial By Pam Bray
“Hello, everyone! Are you as excited as I am when you find something new, something you are just clueless about! Recently I was in Florida and went into a fun scrapbook store to shop. Well, my eyes gazed upon the Finnabair Mica Powders…you know the feeling you get, your hands start twitching, and you start doing a happy dance in your being, and all you can think about is how to use it. Well, that was me! I had to have some, I needed to try it… so that is what I did for you today. BUT I was a bit nervous, so I watched a video, you know to see how to use my new-found mica, and the rest is just the beginning of my story. I am sharing with you today A Ladies’ Diary Mixed Media Canvas using the mica in both a spray and a mix with gesso.” Hugs Pam Bray
Keep small mist bottles and other small containers on hand to store your own custom paints and mists.
Paint gesso on your canvas, metals, flowers to help the spray and other mediums to grab to the products.
Adding small frames with photos will add interest to your projects.
Fussy cut small images, add tags and other Epherema to your projects.
Step by Step Directions:
Paint canvas with gesso. Dry. Adhere chipboard pieces to the top; paint with gesso, dry.
Lay stencil on prepared canvas; apply gesso with a palette knife. Dry.
Lay stencil on dry gesso; apply Sand Texture Paste to top with a palette knife. Dry.
Lay metals and flowers to top of prepared canvas, paint with gesso; dry.
Add mica to small mister bottles; add water. Shake up; spray mica mist over top of the prepared canvas. (HINT: Allow each spray to dry prior to doing the next spray; continue till you achieve the depth of color you like.)
Mix mica with gesso; stipple over top of frames. Dry.
Lay stencil on prepared canvas; apply mica gesso mix to the top of stencil with stencil brush. Dry.
Spatter with black paint and gesso.
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: Honeycomb and Flourish Chipboard
Finnabair White Sand Texture Paste
Finnabair Mica Powder: Gold, Green, Pink, Blue
Deco Art Media White Gesso and Carbon Black Paint
2 Small Resin Frames
Prima Premade Flowers
3 Small Mister Bottles
Tim Holtz Crackle and Speckles Stencils
8” x 8” Canvas
This week’s prize package includes a Communique - Deluxe Collector’s Edition set, Black Dot Alpha Banners, and Metal Door Plates and Knobs, a $45+ value! Just leave a comment here on the blog and/or on Facebook to be entered to win!
Thanks for joining us for Pam's Brand Ambassador announcement. We love learning more about the team and, of course, seeing more of their beautiful creations. We are so happy to see what Pam can do with all the latest Graphic 45 for another year. She has so much talent and skill and we are so grateful to her for sharing it with us all. We'd love to hear about some of your favorite Pam creations in the comments below and we will see you here tomorrow for our final Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador announcement!