Friday, September 25, 2020

Mixed Media Dream Catcher

      Hi everyone! If you've been wondering what I've been up to, it's this mixed media dream catcher that I made for my Mom's 70th Birthday, featuring a photo of my late Grandpa and her Dad. I channeled my Native American roots, and really poured my heart and soul into it, taking many hours and weeks of work! But it was so worth it, especially after seeing Mom's tears when she opened it. 

     The colors were inspired by the September Mood Board at Mixed Media Academy

     I started by collaging some older papers, vintage sheet music, and torn dictionary pages, to a piece of cardboard. Then I colored it with Lindy's Gang Sprays and Magicals, and did a second coat to mask the Tim Holtz gears and the clock. I also sprayed the twine to form a circle, and added beads that started out burgundy, but were transformed with different embossing powders, mostly from Emerald Creek. 

     The feathers took the longest to make, and started with Prima Heavy White Gesso applied to the Stamperia (Feathers) Stencil. Then they got about 8 coats of Dylusions Paints, shadowed with (Black Soot) Distress Crayon. 

     I used several chipboard gears and cogs from Creative Embellishments, that were also painted with Dylusions Paints. Then I added Finnabair (Brown and Red) Rust Effect Pastes, with touches of Finnabair (Vintage Gold) Metallique Wax.

     The border was done with stamps (some embossed), and the Tim Holtz (Arrows) Stencil with Black Gesso added to it. Once dry, I colored them with Finnabair Waxes (Vintage Gold, Rich Copper, and Patina Green). Then I finished the edges with more Rust Pastes and Vintage Gold Wax.

     To hang it, I attached the branch with a strand of brown suede through a couple of grommets done with my Big Bite II. 

       Thanks for looking, and hope you're all staying safe!


  1. Hi. Loved your project with so many tiny details and so many lovely layers! It is a beautiful gift for your mom!I am sure she must be so happy to receive it.
    Thanks for playing along in our September challenge.All the best!

    Priyanka Srivastava

  2. So beautiful mixed media dream catcher. It's a great birthday gift. Your mom will love it so much. I love the colors you used and lots of nice texture! Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge at A Vintage Journey and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent, creativity and imagination at work. I hope to see more of your creativity in the near future.
    Ann x

  3. Fantastic mixed media project. Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.

  4. Fabulous work. Thank you so much for joining us at the Mixed Media Academy Challenge. - Priya Satish

  5. Love all the details on this gorgeous dream catcher! Stunning piece! Thanks for joining us at Creative Embellishments!

  6. Wow, what an amazing make! I can see why your mum lived it so much, it's such a beautiful gift 😁. There is so much attention to detail and your cogs and feathers design look so stunning - I love it! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday and for playing along at A Vintage Journey too! Hugs, Jo x

  7. Oh my gosh, this is fabulous Drea! Fabulous colours and textures and what a thoughtful and wonderful gift for your Mom. Thanks so much for sharing it and joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Cogs, Gears and Textures challenge, Deb xo

  8. beautiful. the cogs, gear embellishments you added to the project is stunning. true, the path or moments that is spent with nature are unique in its own way. the mechanism of life creates beautiful moments to cherish. this will become memories which will lasts forever. thank you for participating in our Mixed Media Academy monthly challenge.
    asha kunchinadka
    admin team member MMA

  9. Beautiful details, texture and colors. Thanks for joining us at Creative Embellishments.

  10. Gaspity gasp. What a great photo of your grandpa made even more amazing and powerful by channeling your Native American roots and adding them to the project. So very special to make for your mom's birthday. Stunning piece of artwork and those chippies are spectacular. I am sure she will cherish the piece. Most certainly a piece made with love. Thanks for joining the Creative Embellishments Challenge.

  11. Wow! This is crazy cool! I have a special place in my heart for art pieces with real meaning behind them. I have about an eighth of Cherokee in me, so love, love! Thanks for joining in on the Creative Embellishments challenge.

  12. Gorgeous work of art Drea. I love that there is so much heart in this piece. Thanks for joining the Creative Embellishments challenge.

  13. This is amazing! You can tell you put your heart and soul into this! Thank you for joining us at Creative Embellishments!

  14. Wow what a lovely gift and lot of hardworks, love your feather technique.Thanks for playing with us, With love form Dishita(MMA- admin Team)

  15. Absolutely love this - the colours are fabulous, those cogs look amazing and your feathers are wonderful. What a great tribute to a man dear to your heart and a lovely gift for your mother. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  16. Beautiful project! I really love your style! 😍😍😍 Thank you for joining Mixed Media Academy Challenge this month!

  17. Wow...this is so gorgeous...
    Glad to see your stunning creation, thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us at MMA...
    Greetings from UAE,

    Dr Monika Tripathi Shukla